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26 School Supplies Under $10 That Are Actually Worth Your Money

Upgrade your studying game without breaking the bank.

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1. For easy-to-find chapter summaries at a glance, use divider sticky notes over ordinary Post-its.

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Promising review: "These babies are pretty sturdy and they make putting notes in a book, planner, magazine, or whatever a complete breeze. I use them in my textbooks to summarize my notes on a chapter or in novels as bookmarks, so I can jot down key things. I am glad these exist." —Delaney

Get a set of 60 from Amazon for $6.52+ (available in one, two, three, and six packs).

2. Or, if you just need to hold your place or remind yourself of important lines of text, you can't go wrong with classic neon tabs (that come in three different widths!).

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Promising review: "I use a lot of flags, mostly because I hate using dividers, and I like the fact that I can re-stick these in other places, much like the Post-it brand products that these are knock off of. Do they do their job? Totally. Do you get a ton more for the money? Yes. And you get extra wide, wide, and thin flag options. There's enough for me to work with for a semester." —Annie W.

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $7.59 or a 12-pack for $9.99.

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3. Jot down your to-do list on a dry-erase board that you'll never lose track of...because it'll be there staring at you every time you lift your head up.

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Or you can use it to solve quick math/science problems or language practice (yay repetition!) so you don't burn through throngs of paper on the reg.

Promising review: "I use this for doing math, chemistry, and biology problems without going through a bunch of paper. It is the perfect size for working out most problems without having to erase for space.." —Jade

Get a 11-by-14-inch board from Amazon for $7.49.

4. Drop all of your pens, clips, Post-its, and studying essentials in a desk caddy.

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Promising review: "I love how it has all the little compartments, so I can separate all my stuff and easily find what I'm looking for. It has a long shallow area in the back that I put all my sticky flags in. I think it looks super cute on my desk and it's very functional as well. If you need something to keep your desk more organized, this is it!" —Mrspotter79

Get it from Amazon for $10.

5. Ditch all the free pens you get at orientation for a high-quality fine-point set that might actually excite you about taking notes.

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*MIGHT*

Promising review: "I have been using the Pilot Precise pens for a few years and they are my favorite. I like the extra fine point and am impressed that it still creates a strong, uninterrupted line without requiring the user to use extra pressure. I don't feel like the thin tip will bend or break, which has happened to me with other pens. This pen doesn't skip and dries very quickly so smudging isn't an issue either. I simply cannot think of a negative thing to say about these!" —Just Me 123

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.59.

6. Want to color-code your notes? Take a pack of multicolored pens for a spin.

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Promising review: "Very, very fine tip. Perfect for planners as they really don't bleed (and my planner's paper is cheap, but still no bleeding) but still have a lot of vibrancy and color." —Allyn Rasmusen

Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $5.95.

7. Keep a pretty patterned weekly planner next to your keyboard to jot down important meetings and tasks as they come filtering in.

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Promising review: "Love this! The prints are so fun and I find it is the only calendar that I use on a regular basis and keep up with. I keep this on my desk in front of my keyboard to quickly jot down dates and meetings that I read in my emails. Will be re-buying when it runs out." —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $8.94 (also available in a daily to-do list format).

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8. Or try a full-sized planner for more space and detail — and maybe if you have a hard time keeping track of the actual date (so like, everyone).

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Promising review (for the purple notebook): "A very nice buy. Well organized, nice looking, and has everything you need from space to write and easy access to pages and calendars." —PhillyCamper

Get the first one from Amazon for $7.99+ and the second one for $12.57+.

9. Organize important passages with every color of the rainbow using retractable highlighters.

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Promising review: "I love retractable pens because I don't have to worry about losing the lids. These work great without being too bold or bleeding and I love the assortment of fun colors!" —Southern Girl

Get a set of eight from Amazon for $8.38 (also available in sets of two, three, and five).

10. If you find that your notes are always super scattered, try a more structured notebook with sections for cues/questions, notes, and summaries.

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Promising review: "I use it to brainstorm and then write outlines for my papers. Nice thick pages and ink doesn't bleed through. It's actually the best as far as note-taking systems goes. Bite the bullet and buy it. With the amount I've spent on subpar notebooks (just because they were less expensive), I'd probably have three of these by now." —Ava A.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

11. Or, if you prefer regular lined (or blank) notebooks, here are very solid spiral-bound and book-bound options.

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Promising review (for the Unni notebook): "The Unni has thicker, sturdier pages and overall better quality at a lower price. I'm sorry, Moleskine. Really, I am. We had a good thing, but I'm gonna ride with Unni from now on." —Luna Soledad

Get the first one from Amazon for $9.35 and the second one for $9.95.

12. Keep a compact staple-less stapler handy so you don't have to keep buying replacement packs.

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Less hassle = happier you.

Promising review: "Great little tool. So much easier on the environment, fingers, etc. Yeah, only does five sheets but really, how often are you stapling more than five sheets? No metal staples to remove before recycling, no staple punctures into your fingers, and no hanging up on other papers in your files." —Lyremlkcir

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

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13. Tote and organize all of your loose-leaf papers and folders into an expandable accordion file that's both super cute and functional.

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Promising review: "I've been using this folder for nearly three months and I'm a college student with a lot of papers to carry. I was looking for something cute, easy to carry, that fits manila folders, and overall keeps folders from getting crinkly. This DID IT. I can't express how much I love this; I got a second one that is coming very soon!" —Alexa Viz

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight colors).

14. And while you're at home, keep everything in check with a wall pocket organizer.

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Promising review: "I bought these folders for my daughter's college dorm room where space is limited, and she loves them. Perfect use of empty space on a wall to organize papers that would otherwise be crowding her already tiny desk." —Wende Moore

Get it from Amazon for $8.54.

15. Clip on a book light so you don't keep your roommate awake when you need to stay up late reading.

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Promising review: "I love how it wraps up into itself. Just bright enough to read but not intrusive for others sleeping." —Michael J D'Angelico

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four designs).

16. Protect your laptop from scratches and the like with a sturdy protective sleeve.

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Promising review: "I used to have a giant, bulky case that would take up so much space, but this little thing fits my laptop and charger and barely takes up space in my tote." —Brooke

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in seven colors and three sizes).

17. Prevent a downfall of snack crumbs from destroying the functionality of your keyboard with a washable plastic cover (that comes in lots of attractive colors and designs!).

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This particular cover works best with Macs, but you can easily find covers for any type of laptop, like Dell Inspirons, etc.

Promising review: "I have a tendency to eat while I'm working on the computer, so I'm constantly cleaning off my keyboard due to crumbs and oil stains. It grips the keyboard securely and lays smoothly over the keys, so I don't have to constantly realign it with the keys and it slides off easily for quick cleanup." —Ashley

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 22 designs).

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18. Give your wrist a lil' much-needed support with a padded mousepad so you're not constantly wringing it out due to pain.

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Promising review: "The wrist rest is very comfortable and does not put any pressure at all on the underside of my wrist. It's about the same as just resting on a firm pillow. Much better than any of the jello-looking ones I have tried." —Rusty

Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

19. Refresh your desk with an adorable blushing pencil cup that will instantly put you at ease.

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Promising review: "This ceramic cup/planter is everything! I bought one to serve as a pencil cup for my office; one for a flower vase at home; and several more for gifts to give to friends and family. So many ways to use it and at a decent price. It's also a very well-made, solid piece. Very unique! " —TRF

Get it from Target for $7.99.

20. Stick a few cable clips right within reach, so you're not always grappling to find your phone or laptop charger.

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Promising review: "This is one of those items you purchase on a whim and then wonder how you ever survived without them." —Renee

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $8.83.

21. Avoid backpack clutter by keeping all of your writing utensils and easily-lost supplies in chic canvas pouches.

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Promising review: "These are so pretty and practical. Holds a lot of pencils, stylus pens, clips, and anything tiny that gets lost on your desk easily!" —Gram2three

Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.98.

If you'd prefer plain cases, this gray pair is also from Amazon for $7.64.

22. Keep your desk space actually free by tucking away your school supplies in a not-too-big drawer storage unit.

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Promising review: "I am a teacher and just entered a new classroom that was heavily in need of organization! There is an open square on top that can store small items like paper clips and post-its. There are also three pull-out drawers to store what little things you need. It's the perfect size to sit on a desk. " —Ellen

Get it from Target for $7.99.

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23. Blur out mistakes with correction tape that is easy to write on, doesn't flake, and actually sticks to the paper.

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Promising review: "Tombow has the best-engineered correction tapes — effortless and precise usage compared to all the others." —Johndolph

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.91.

24. Pencil your way through the school year in bright colors, whether your preference is mechanical or wooden.

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Promising review (for the tie-dye pencils): "Take note that these pencils lead the crusade to creativity!" —Amanda McCary

Get a eight-pack of the first kind from Amazon for $3.79 or a 24-pack of the second kind for $5.99.

25. And sharpen your pencils in a pair of nostrils, because why the fuck not?

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We all need a laugh.

Promising review: "I mean... if you need a pencil sharpener, why wouldn't you buy the one that looks like a nose? I also love making my very serious contractor father use this when he is over and needs a pencil." —Lace A. Kuhn

Get it from Amazon for $5.52.

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