Essentials for Your Home Classroom on a Budget

It’s hard to believe how quickly summer is flying by. As we soak up the last weeks of summer, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for this back to school season. Whether your local schools are reopening this fall or you’re kicking off the academic year remotely, one thing is for sure, this year will look a bit different from others. We are here to guide you on how to create the best learning space on a budget to help set your child up for success at home.

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1. Set up a workstation

Even if your local schools are reopening this fall, it’s not a bad idea to set up an at-home study station. Your child will likely have homework and projects to complete at home, so investing in a study station is something that won’t go to waste.

Desk or working surface

The kitchen table probably isn’t cutting it anymore. To help your child be as successful as possible this school year, try to replicate the classroom space as much as you can. Having a designated desk or working surface for your student will give them a space to complete their online learning or homework, and help them remain focused. Find awesome deals on desks and save big!


Depending on where you’ve set up your working area and if you have the space, you may want to consider investing in an ergonomic chair. Kitchen chairs were not designed to sit on for hours. Too much time in these chairs can cause back pain and body aches, and we wouldn’t want that for our students. Use the Flipp app to search for the best deals on office chairs, and provide your child with a comfortable working space.

2. Stock up on school supplies

The best part about back to school is shopping for the cutest and coolest school supplies, and that is one thing that doesn’t have to change. Take advantage of back to school sales to stock up for the entire school year and save money in the long-run.

Traditional school supplies

Pens, pencils, and notebooks are still required this year, so make sure you have the essentials you’ll need. To make sure you stick to your budget, take inventory of all the school supplies you have from previous years, and try to re-use as many as you can. You’ll be surprised by how much you can cross off your back to school list before spending a single dollar. For everything else you need, stores like Dollar Tree and Target are having some awesome sales, so make sure you don’t miss out!


Staying organized is an important part of achieving academic success, so let’s not forget to stock up on the items that will help your kids stay focused and on-track. Binders, dividers, and subject folders can help your student keep track of multiple subjects and assignments. Staples has some great savings on these items and more to help your child stay organized while stretching your back to school budget. On top of that, it’s also important to keep a neat and tidy workspace, so be sure to check out savings on pencil cases, baskets, and bins at Dollar Tree.

Art supplies

To help keep learning fun and your student inspired, think about adding some art supplies to your back to school shopping list this year. Simple activities such as coloring and painting can help encourage creativity and act as stress relievers for students of all ages. Plus, they’ll come in handy when your child has to put together a school project. Check your Flipp app for awesome deals on markerscrayons, and paint that you won’t want to miss out on.

3. Save on some nice to haves

Although not traditionally on the school supplies list, you might be looking for certain electronics to supplement your student’s learning. Flipp is here to help you find the best prices around.


If you’re in the market for a new laptop to help amp up the online learning, you’ll definitely want to find a great deal to help save some money. If you’re looking for something simple and suitable for a younger child, a Chromebook is a great option. They’ll be able to access Zoom or Google Classroom, and browse the web which is all the little ones really need — and they are super affordable. If you are looking for something with more capabilities check out Target and Staples for some great savings on laptops you won’t want to miss!


It’s likely that your children aren’t the only ones who will be working from home this September. With a household communicating with their peers and colleagues via video lessons and calls all day long, it’s bound to get noisy. That’s where headphones come in to save the day. Not only are headphones a fun gift to help get the kids excited for school, but they are also a great way to allow everyone in your household to work in peace. Check out Best Buy for some great deals on the latest headphones and become the household hero!

Things may be different this school year but the fact that you can save big using Flipp has stayed the same. As always, we’re here to help you save money no matter what, and we are proud of it.

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