How much does stationery cost?


It's the beginning of a new year and the biggest headache of a parent (who has a school going child) is that dreaded stationery list.

Parents tend to dole outs hundreds on stationery for the year, depending on what is included on your child's list (some schools require a tablet and ebooks) and also where they need to get them from.

If you are shopping around, here's what the average price range of the most common things you'll find on your kid's stationery list, with links to Takealot so you can compare brands.

Saving tip:

Buying stationery in bulk will help you save, sometimes quite a lot. Pair up with another parent or two, or start a stationery cupboard in your home so you have some for next year.

Glue stick (40g to 43g)

R14 – R43

Plastic 30mm ruler

R2 – R36

HB pencils (pack of 3)

R9 – R29

Ballpoint pen 

R7 – R23

Colour pencils (box of 12)

R23 – R61

Wax twisters (retractable) crayons (set of 12)

R34 – R59

Small scissors (around 13cm) 

R16 – R19

Scientific calculator 

R35 – R250

Highlighter pen 

R5 – R19

Display file (A4 20 pocket) 

R11 – R28

Maths set

R18 – R75

Pencil bag

R12 – R22

Plastic document envelope A4


School chair bag

R55 – R65

Hardcover exercise book (feint & margin) A4

96p: R10

288p: R25

384p: R33

Soft cover exercise books A4

48p: R3

72p: R5

Exam pad (punched & ruled) A4 100p


Ream of white printer paper A4 (500 sheets)

R60 – R89

The internet nearly went beserk when one mom posted this picture on Facebook. But she rectified later to say it was in Kenyan shillings, which convert to around R31. She had us for a moment!

Chat back:

How much did you pay for your children's stationery this year? Send your thoughts about back-to-school stationery to us and we publish your comments.

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Also read:

Back to school! All you need to know

PRINT IT! School morning check list

How much does nursery school really cost?

Beautiful lunchbox ideas

Printables and calendars to help you get organised for the school year

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