Anxious about back-to-school expenses? It’s good to know that there are always shopping meccas that promise affordable finds. We went to Divisoria to find the best deals when it comes to budget-friendly school supplies just in time for the back-to-school season. Divisoria is a big place. We suggest that you concentrate your shopping at the areas around the New Divisoria Mall, along Tabora St. or along Ylaya St. If you want airconditioned surroundings, then stick to Tutuban Mall or Mall 168. To read more about how to prepare to go to Divisoria and explore it, read Julian Vorpal's Divisoria Shopping Guide.
Divisoria isn't for everyone. In fact, not all school items found in Divisoria will last the whole schoolyear. The best stuff to buy in Divisoria are more of school and paper supplies, usually disposable items, or items bought in bulk. Apart from this, you have to brave the heat, the crowd and the lack of parking. If you're up to the adventure, then go for it. If not, read the article of SP contributor Jazer Basan on stress-free yet budget-friendly back-to-school shopping.
See gallery below for images of school supplies from Divisoria.
NOTE: This feature is based on prices canvassed last May 13. Please note that prices in Divisoria are subject to change.
Shopping Bags (to put your purchases in) P50
Small Backpacks P20-25 each
Plastic cover for notebooks and textbooks (5 meters) P25 each and P23 per dozen
Spiral Notebooks P8.50 each or P85 to P90 per ream
De-tahi or Yarn-BoundNotebooks P9.50 each or P95 per ream
Cattleya Fillers P35
Hi Ballpens P42 per dozen
Mongol Pencils P6 each or P54 per dozen
Erasers P2 to P10
Read on for prices of more school supplies like pencilcases, highlighters, scissors, folders, etc. Click here to move on to the next page.