Small Business Essentials On A Budget

Buy Small Business Essentials On A Budget! As a small business owner, you know that there are certain costs that you can’t avoid. Hiring employees and the rent for an office are expenses that probably come to mind when you think about running your business. Often times, people forget to budget for the smaller, but necessary, items such as office supplies.

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Office supplies are an important part of your office, but they can become expensive rather quickly if you’re not careful.  Obviously, rationing pencils is not going to single-handedly bring your business out of debt, but you’d be surprised at how quickly seemingly minor expenses can accumulate. 

Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can save money. Here are some small business essentials on a budget & tips for buying office supplies:

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Shop The Picture:

Pen Cup | Desk Tray | Mouse Pad | Scissors | BallPoint Pens 

Wireless Mouse | Gold Paper Clips | White Push Pins | Gold Stapler

Switching to Company Brands – 

Instead of purchasing name brand supplies, consider purchasing generic or store brand products instead. Many of these supplies offer the same level of quality as their name brand counterparts but without the higher price.  Staples offers great store brand products at a fraction of the price! Here are some of my favorites! [Clickable Links Below]

Manila Folders [3 tab] 100/box

2016 Desk Calendar 

Gold Paper Clips

Wireless Mouse – Black

Metal Binder Clips – Assorted Sizes


Shopping for your Office Supplies at one Location – 

Large retailers, like Staples helps trim your office supplies expenses. Why you ask? Not only does Staples offer low prices on products, but purchasing all your supplies from one retailer has other benefits, too. Purchasing your supplies from a single website means you’ll be more likely to meet the minimum requirement for free shipping, which is a huge savings opportunity, as shipping costs can be very expensive. Make sure to take a look at Staples Daily Deals! The items change daily and can contribute to some serious savings!


Enroll in Rewards Programs – 

In addition to offering savings on shipping costs, many of these large chains also offer free rewards programs that can prove quite valuable to your company. The programs aim to promote loyalty among customers by rewarding them with points or a percentage of their total purchases.  By signing up for Staples Reward Program – you qualify for Free Shipping, up to 5% back, $2 back on empty Ink Cartridges, and their Price Match Guarantee. 


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Other Ways to Save at Staples:

Shop their Weekly Ads at your Local Store

Look through and shop their Daily Deals

Join their Reward Program

[Free Shipping, Up to 5% Back, $2 for Empty Ink Cartridges, Price Match Guarantee]

Visit their Small Business Hub #MakeMoreHappen

Join Staples Small Business Community on LinkedIn

Office supplies can become very expensive rather quickly. By switching over to company brands when appropriate, shopping in one place to save on shipping,  and enrolling in rewards programs, you can save your business more money than you think!

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  • Reply Jessica December 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    This is such a good post! Office supplies are my guilty pleasure, I use QuickBooks to stay on budget for my business, which I love. Thanks for the tips!

    • Reply Lara December 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

      I never budget for office supplies- but this really got me thinking. New year – new way of doing things. Thank you!

  • Reply Will at Doubled Visions December 28, 2015 at 12:07 am

    My favorite way to budget is on paper. I tried it on spreadsheets and found that I kept adding more and more columns for details that aren’t really needed (who needed a “purchase on/by date” entry for every item on their budget? I thought i did for some reason), and a row for each individual item I thought I might need to buy that month. This ended in a half finished monthly budget that i barely looked at again. Now I keep my current monthly budget in my business planner and my past ones in my archive binder. These budgets are done by creating a simple four column spreadsheet with rows for category dividers ans subtotals. The columns I use are: item, budgeted amount, actual amount spent, and amount difference. I also have a space at the end for monthly totals. A pretty version is definitely near the top of my planner printables wishlist, but the boring version is working for now. I’ve also found that not being able to quickly edit throughout the month helps me actually stick to my budget. I keep a planner page dedicated to edits and adjustments I need to make for the next month, but those edits don’t happen until the next month. Ever.

    Incidentally, the binders I use are the Staples Better Binders. I’m a big fan of many of Staples store brand products, and the better binders are my absolute favorites. I’ve been using them since around the time they were first released, and they truly are better than any other binder I’ve used. I’m also looking forward to trying out Staples’ ARC customizable disc-bound notebooks when my current bullet journal gets full.

  • Reply rg862015 December 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    The key is to save and write down everything right when it happens! If I’m not using an online spreadsheet, I need to make sure I include everything in the same notebook and not on some random sticky note here or there!

    Penn&Quill || Robin

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) December 28, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I am all for saving money when ever I can. Especially when it comes to things I need often like office essentials.

  • Reply alissiahaggard December 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    This is so true! Most of what I’m doing currently is digital but it’s always good to keep your expenses low especially in the early stages 🙂

  • Reply Lindsey December 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I love reading posts about budgeting. I am terrible at this so I need all the help I can!! 😉

  • Reply jmanandmillerbug December 28, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I always redo my office at the beginning of the year and this just makes me want to go shopping! I think a trip to Staples is in my very near future!

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle December 28, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    This is a great giveaway. I need to update some office essentials, so this couldn’t be better timing.

  • Reply Marissa Pedersen December 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    This is a very helpful post! I have been transitioning to working from home more with my own business.

  • Reply Christine December 28, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I always somehow forget about office supply stores. I’m definitely going to take a look around at staples soon to upgrade my office.

  • Reply Liz Mays December 28, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I’d love being able to save on supplies I have to restock consistently. Rewards programs help a lot with that.

  • Reply Crystal McWhirter-Lopez December 28, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    This is an awesome list for at home businesses! I love the Staples giveaway too!

  • Reply Abbey - Mind, Body, Babies December 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I have always gotten great deals at Staples. These are great tips!

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia December 28, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    These are great ways to save money. I always set a budget before i shop for my supplies.

  • Reply laci December 28, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    All these are perfect and definitely needed thx for the giveaway !!

  • Reply carlabushey December 28, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I could totally use stuff for my home office. What a great post. I love staples also. I hope I win!!!

  • Reply Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green December 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Great tips and giveaway, I’ve been working on my office supplies and planner for 2016.

  • Reply Chelsea @ Olive & Ivy December 29, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I love buying stationery and office supplies so much. They’re always the most fun to get!

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose (@chubskulit) December 29, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I love thge color of those. I have so many office supplies that my husband thinks I am a hoarder. The funny thng is, they are the ones that uses it all the time!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor December 29, 2015 at 9:03 am

    These are great tips to save on business essentials on a budget. I have never shopped at Staples before but from your review it looks like I will have to check there website out for sure. Thanks for sharing the deals.

  • Reply Rebecca B. December 29, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I am all about saving money wherever I can!! Little things, like office supplies, can really add up so thank you for these tips!!

  • Reply Ashley Graham (@LoveandMimosas) December 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Funny little story but every since I was a little girl, I have been OBSESSED with collecting cute office supplies. It is amazing at how much design can be incorporated in the small things! Thank you for sharing these fun tips and tricks on how to save for the collectors in us all 😉

  • Reply Willow December 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I used to shop at Staples when I was a teacher. They have great deals!

  • Reply Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy December 29, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Love the products you are showing. We shop at Staples quite a bit as well, for office chairs, white boards, and just everyday office supplies

  • Reply Adriana December 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I love this list of essentials! I constantly am redoing/adding to my desk collection and the new year is a perfect time to re-organize and get some new essentials!! Gold everything is a MUST!

  • Reply Kathy December 29, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    This is a great list. I could use some of these products. I’m always looking to shop on a budget, so these would be great to have. Great giveaway too!

  • Reply Hil December 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I love those paper mate pens/markers. I haven’t really figured out a budget yet, I need to get on that.

  • Reply Kelli Miller (@KelliBMiller) December 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    So, I have a problem – I call it OSA.. Office Supply Addiction 🙂 Seriously, we moved homes a year ago and I still have office supplies in boxes and probably will 3 years from now because I have collected that many things over the 14 years we were in our last house. LOL! However, I want the pretty teal things from Staples now. LOL!

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee December 29, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    It sounds weird, but I love shopping for office supplies. These are some great supplies to have! Looks like a great giveaway!

  • Reply bohemianbabushka December 30, 2015 at 12:42 am

    BB doesn’t budget. Ya gotta make money to do that. ; ) Gracias for the giveaway.

  • Reply TamaraG December 30, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I’m always looking for good stationary to use, my big item I need is a good planner.

  • Reply Lynndee December 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    We always shop at Staples for my son’s school supplies, but I didn’t know they have a Reward Program. Going to check that out.

  • Reply CourtneyLynne December 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Ughhhh my office does need to be restocked! I go threw office supplies rather quickly these days

  • Reply HilLesha December 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I love Staples! It’s good to learn how to budget, especially when one is a small business owner like myself.

  • Reply ascendingbutterfly December 31, 2015 at 1:56 am

    I was so bummed that they closed the Staples in our Business District, I loved finally having one so close. I would even send my fedex packages from there, and then pick up needed supplies while I was there.

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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