National Bookstore: Back-to-school shopping tips

by - May 23, 2018

It's almost time yet again for our kids to head back to school and if you're starting to feel a tinge of panic in your system cos of all the preparations that need to be done along with your already busy schedule as a mom, don't worry too much about it. :) As a parent of two, who are both already in school, I understand the feeling of having too many things to think about or to do. So, to help reduce your worries, stress and even help you save money along the way, i'll be sharing with you back-to-school shopping tips that I learned in the years that I've been doing for my kids. ^_^

Back-to-school shopping has always been a favorite of mine and a breeze to do and it's all because I know where to shop for all our needs. :) Where else to go, but National Bookstore!

When it comes to shopping for back-to-school, I know it can get overwhelming, so here are some tips you should keep in mind before going to the store:

1. Prepare ahead of time! It's always better to prepare or shop before the hustle and bustle start, so you don't have to cram and panic. Last minute shopping can be stressful. 

2. Check your school supply inventory at home first to know what you still currently have and what you lack. You would be surprise to know sometimes how much pencil or notebooks you still have from last year or it can be the other way around, wherein you need to replenish or replace materials.

3. Make a list of all the things you need to buy, so that you don't forget anything when you visit the bookstore. :) If you're forgetful like me, I find having a list very handy!

4. Find the best deals! Yes, there are tons of brands to choose from when it comes to school supplies, but it's also best to get quality products at affordable prices. :)

5. Lastly, shop at a place where they already have EVERYTHING. It can be difficult to transfer from store to store, so I find it best to go to one place that I can find all our needs in. 

School is still weeks away for my kids, but just last May 15, I already did an early shopping for school supplies cos I also wanted to check out the best deals in store. :) It was my first time to visit the National Bookstore at SM North Edsa and was surprised to see how huge it was! I love bookstores and can actually stay in one for hours, so exploring the place was a joy!

What I love about shopping for back-to-school at NBS is how quick and easy they always make it for everyone. The moment you go in their stores, you can already spot all the school supplies you need cos they conveniently place everything in one area.

While stocking up for the kiddos school materials, I spotted a lot of good deals that you, guys also might want to get for your children too. :)


The Backpacks to School is filled with the essentials every young learner needs like brown envelopes, notebooks, pens, pencils, and more. Two kinds are available: one for Grades 1 to 3, available for Php 329, and one for Grades 4 to 6, available for Php 399. :)

I heard that clear or transparent bags are making a comeback and I find them cute too! My son Athan is moving up to fourth grade this coming July, so I got him one! ^_^


You can get these Grab & Go packs at the starting price of Php 145 to Php 215, depending on the Grade. :) This is perfect cos it has pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, erasers and more in it already. :)

In case you're rushing and need to get the basic materials for your kids quick, these make it so much easier! 


Getting the best value is important when shopping for school supplies cos your kids will be using this for a whole year and you want only good quality at affordable prices. :) I love that Best Buy has more affordable options and a variety of materials to choose from.


My eldest son is in big school already and I can't be there to watch him all the time. That being said, boys can get into quite a mess at times, so I got him this Budget Bundle: Clean & Go kit for only Php 149 and it has the following inside: hand gel, bar soap, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, pocket tissue, comb and towel. By purchasing this kit instead of individual products, I saved Php 18!


This is something new that I spotted in NBS! They now carry school uniforms, shoes, socks and other school essentials that will complete your school look! :) You really don't need to go far anymore to find everything!


Gone are the days when we slave over cutting gigantic book covers cos now they come in these precut size! Saves you a lot of time! :) They also come in different thickness for different covering needs!

The NBS at SM North Edsa is so huge that they have this area where you can also shop for school or office supplies and furnitures. :) Really impressed with the selections!

Most of the school supplies that I posted above are for grade schoolers, but if you're in high school or even college, NBS has still got you covered! :) Here are some that I spotted...

A+ looking notebooks! :) Would have totally loved these in HS!

Collaborations of NBS

I love the collaboration of NBS with fashion designers and personalities! They designs are super cute and of course unique per collection. :) Standout with these in tow!

You can never have too many pens! Especially if you're into journaling like me! Pens for days, please! ^_^ I've been a pen hoarder since I was a kid! >_< NBS has so much of them! I panic at times what brands I should buy haha! Choices, choices, choices! 

National Bookstore also carries big stationery brands, like Kikki-K now! :) 

Cute pencil cases! So much love for them!

K-Drama fan? They have some Goblin notebooks from BoniCrew!! Kyeopta!

I love planners and notebooks cos they keep me organized. One of my favorite brands to use it Leuchtturm 1917! :) The price range of their notebooks is Php 800-1,000, depending on the size. :)


Aside from buying the typical materials, NBS also has special promos in line! You can get a FREE tote bag for every Php 1,000 worth of purchase, or get a drawstring bag for Php 99 for every Php 300 worth of purchase, or get a lunch bag for Php 75 for every Php 500 worth of purchase of participating items. :)

What's in my cart....

L-R: Kit 2 - Php 60 | Kit 1 - Php 30 

You can also donate to Project Aral when you check out at the cashier! These help support the eduction of thousands of children nationwide! :) There are two kinds of kits to choose from this 2018!

If you're incredibly busy and can't find the time to visit any physical stores, National Bookstore also has an online shopping option, so you need not worry! Visit and easily purchase what you need at the convenience of your own home or office. :) How's that for efficient? ;)


This is the first time that I actually heard of this, but did you know that NBS has a college?? Wow right?? :) Their available programs are Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Bachelor of Science in Accounting Information System, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Library and Information Science, and Bachelor of Science in Tourism. :) 

If you're interested in applying, visit to know more! ^_^

My photos above are just a glimpse of the things you can see at NBS. To complete your back to school shopping, National Bookstore invites you to their Grand Back to School Fair, happening from MAY 25 to 27, 2018 at the TriNoma Activity Center and from JUNE 1 to 3, 2018 at the Glorietta Activity Center! :)

I love back-to-school shopping for my kids as evidently shown in this post and it's no wonder why cos of how easy and convenient National Bookstore makes it for everyone. :) They have everything my kids need for school, what I need for my arts and crafts, and more!

Can't wait to show you what I got! Share your back to school hauls too with the hashtag #BacktoSchoolwithNBS!

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Artsy Ava

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  1. Thank u for this Ms. Ava on saturday mamili kame ng gamit sa National bookstore 😍

  2. There is a huge collection of books, I always like to go there for shopping

  3. Helpful information for people who knew nothing about this πŸ™‚ thanks for pulling together and sharing!


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