Sunday, July 5, 2009

Book and Supply Post

So I have always vehemently chosen Borders over Barnes & Noble for a couple of personal reasons, but also I despise the fact that they lump all the fiction into one big section. I like the way Borders breaks them down into sections such as African American literature etc. because sometimes I don't know what I am looking for, but I know I don't want to look all over the damn store to find it. But I digress. So I recently read that the $25 B&N membership was worth it because they give almost a 40% discount on textbooks.

So as I was searching I discovered that this was correct and it resulted in cheaper prices on all the books I could find on their website. So I went and bought the membership and then found a coupon for an additional 15% off (for members only; expires August 1, 2009) so I ended up getting six books for $507. Seems like a lot, but comparatively whoo I'm rich! Anyone who has ever had to buy these five to seven pound casebooks and then carry them on their backs for 18+ weeks, please help. I need recommendations for good book bags. I had an Eastpak for the past eight years and went to try and find another one, but the website is not exactly American friendly.

Now my next mountain to tackle is school supplies. I have a list and I would appreciate any feedback on the things I already have or if you think I am missing anything. And I would like to thank all the bloggers who have given such positive feedback.

Supply List
  • Bookstand
  • Highlighters (Retractable)
  • Post-It Notes and Tabs
  • Hanging and File Folders
  • Zip Drive(s) (This one is on sale at Target this week. 8GB for $19)
  • Earplugs
  • Index Cards and (possible) Holder
  • White Out
  • Paper Clips
  • Envelopes and Glue Stick for Envelopes (I have been in an office with this and it is amazing!)
  • Office Chair (I need a good, inexpensive, supportive one. Any suggestions in the $50-$75 range?)

So what am I missing? Is there anything (such as the Post-Its) that I should get the name brand rather than the knockoff? I am having too much fun here; the time before school starts is the best time ever. a completely new reason to spend money. Woo-hoo!


  1. So book bag: I had a rolling bag the first semester (don't laugh!) and loved it! It fit my laptop, two case books, notebooks, pens/crap all in it and freed my back for bag for lunch.

    Second semester I used a tote bag and my arms. We have lockers at my school which makes everything a little easier.

    I bought sturdy page tabs, the kind you can write on and will withstand some wear. They are the best! Make sure you get the one inch kind so you can really label why you are marking that page.

    I've been told retractable highlighters run out quickly. I was always able to pick up free highlighters from the Kaplan and BarBri tables.

    If you have a home printer, make sure you have extra ink cartridges! You never know when you'll run out!


  2. Get a Targus bookbag. I got one from a pre-law scholarship, and I can't wait to use it. It HAS to be the best bookbag ever made.


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