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My recent stationery haul–aka. I violated my self imposed stationery buying ban

So it’s the start of a new semester, and hopefully, it will be my last semester in the diploma track of the graduate program I am enrolled in.

And with a new semester comes new school supplies. I was supposed to be on a stationery spending ban, but my readings need to have a home. Plus some of my supplies have run out, so…there. However, I promised myself that this will be the last time I will be purchasing stationery. Honest!
Now that I am done lying to myself justifying my expenses, let me share my mini stationery haul.

First would be this notebook. I bought three as I need back-up brain dump notebooks and I must say, I like the quality. No hate to Muji, but I certainly prefer the paper quality. It is thick, and the ink does not bleed through. Better yet, it costs less than Muji–I have taken into consideration paper quality and thickness, and I think this one’s a clear winner.

I have been buying Post-Its for as long as I can remember. I think I made good use of them in law school, making additional notes in books, especially in my codals. I also use them at work, and in graduate school. These Post-Its are frequently in my shopping basket–physical, or otherwise.

I keep my readings and notes organised for future use, hence the binders. They are colour coded every semester so I can distinguish one subject from the other. So far, I’ve used blue, black, and red. This semester, I wanted to use something brighter, so I bought purple. Sadly, the particular store I bought this binder from only sells one-inch O-binders, so I will have to get another set. Well, at least, they are O-binders. From experience, I find that D-type binders are a little harder to use, and the documents get torn easily.

However, most of the 2 inch-O-type binders I see in my favourite online stores only sell the standard blue, black, or red binders, so I have to make do with the one-inch O-binders. Oh well. Beggars definitely can’t be choosers in this situation.

O-Type binder: Bought from Shoppee.

Don’t you just hate it when you tear a page from your notebook and there are still remaining bits of paper? It’s the reason why I bought this last item, which is a  perforation cutter. It’s a bit pricey, but if it means having notebooks with pages neatly perforated instead of torn off, it’s worth the investment. I’ve been looking for a cutter like this and then I saw Abbey Sy’s video on functional office supplies for journaling. So I immediately looked for one from my favourite online store and was able to order.

Perforation Cutter: Bought from Lazada

And that’s the last of the haul! I really mean to keep my word about this being the last stationery buying spree. I already have all I need now and I don’t have to buy anything more.

Lately, I have been thinking about how much of my money has gone to non-essentials, and my hairs stand up simply thinking about it. So I’ll be officially starting my stationery buying ban, and I will extend this to makeup as well. So instead of making online stores richer, I’ll make myself richer by depositing my money into my bank account–where it belongs. Disclaimer: I do save up a chunk of my pay by depositing it into my bank account every payday, but I could have saved more. And I am determined to save more and be more faithful with my tithing.

What inspired me to really proceed with the stationery no-buy campaign? Seo of tbhstudying shared how much she’s spent on stationery and other school-related supplies, and she herself was appalled at how much she’s shelled out for them. I don’t have to add up the figures like she did–I know that the amount of money I’ve spent on stationery is staggering, and IT. NEEDS. TO. STOP. In a way, I am relieved that I am not the only one who needs a wake-up call and that I am not alone in this journey.

And I promise to make myself accountable and let you know how I’m going.

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