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Save On Home Office Supplies

September 12th, 2008

home-office-supplies.jpgWhen thinking about the idea of working at home, many of us are excited about the greater freedom and opportunity that this usually entails. However, most of the time having a successful work-at-home operation means that you need to manage revenues and expenses like a real business. One of the expenses that can be easily overlooked is the procurement of any office supplies necessary to take care of your most important tasks. This article by April Aragam provides some common sense tips for saving money when setting up your home office.


With so many people working from home these days, we’re having to invest more and more into home office supplies, which include everything from the very small to the relatively large items that make an office function. Paper, paper clips, ink, pens, notebooks, highlighters, envelopes, stamps, printer, computer, fax machine, file folders, binders, filing cabinets…the list goes on and on. Depending on what kind of business you have you may need more or less. So how can you cut down on expenses when it comes to office supplies? Follow these tips:

  • Dollar stores have many great finds. They have many home office supplies at good quality. Things such as envelopes, file folders, pens/pencils, even notebooks of all styles are usually available. Check out your local dollar store and see what you can find.
  • Use e-mail whenever possible to save money on paper, ink, and stamps. E-mail is an acceptable form of communication as long as you remember to be as professional as you would be on paper.
  • Share the cost of bulk items with a friend who also works from home. For example, everyone seems to need highlighters. Buying in bulk is cheaper and you’ll still get a good supply with your half.
  • If you bought something which you now have an excess of, find a friend who has something you need and do a little swapping.
  • Before you buy something, make sure that you’re actually in need of that item. Sometimes we keep buying more of the same thing when we really don’t need it. This often happens when things are on sale. You might think you’re doing the right thing in buying on sale, but if you already have that item and haven’t yet used it, you’re simply spending money when it’s not necessary.

Office supplies are a great investment in any business. Whether you work in an office or from your home, you need office supplies. By using these tips you will be sure to get what you need and avoid spending money that could otherwise be invested in something more profitable.



4 Responses to “Save On Home Office Supplies”

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  2. comment number 2 by: Itsme

    You should frequent deal sites such as fatwallet.com and slickdeals.net. There you will often find thing free after rebate, or for more expensive items at a huge savings. These are both community forums and I highly recommend them both.

  3. comment number 3 by: Mark

    Nice blog! Save money any way you can in business. I found a really good source for refilling my printer cartridges. It’s convenient and inexpensive.

  4. comment number 4 by: Aaron T

    Thanks for the helpful money-saving tips. After implementing some of these suggestions, I can already see a positive difference.

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