Thursday, June 24, 2010

Review: Office Supplies from CSN

CSN Stores has helped get me organized and it is making a huge difference in my life. I used to have little scraps of paper everywhere with notes written on them and they would get lost in the shuffle of my work. It's nice to be able to go straight to a folder and find what you're looking for. I like being able to reach right where a pen or highlighter is without even having to look. Here are some of the items I received. (If you would like to see the other items, you can go here.)

The first product on my list for organization was binders. I received a 1" AVERY-DENNISON Economy Round Ring Binders. They are very durable and they are the perfect size for my paperwork that I use as a reference when I blog. Plus, I love the colors!

Colors: blue 
Fasteners: 3
175 sheet capacity
11 in x 8 1/2 in
$1.89 each


I also have a Suede Finish Vinyl Round Ring Binder to use for my finances.  I like that it has pockets because I like to keep the bills that are due in there and then once they are paid, I hole punch it and put it in the fasteners.    

3 fasteners
175 sheet capacity
11" side
$1.69



I'm using TOC 12-month Dividers in my binders to make things easier.  I love how you can use them in landscape or portrait.  So far, they have been a big help because I have information on books that don't even come out until November and it's great to be able to look in the binder and get right to the paper I need.

Use in a three-ring binder
Mylar Reinforced
3 hole punch
11 x 8 1/2
$1.49

I get so much mail on a daily basis and now I have the Side Load Letter Desk Tray perfect place to store it until I can put it where it goes.  I use the top one for products and press releases for Readaholic and I use the bottom for It's My Life.  It saves me a lot of time.  They are a little flimsy but other than that they are a nice addition to the top of my desk.

Nonskid base
holds letter paper
$5.49


The Manual Lightweight Letter Opener with Steel Blade is awesome!  I use it for letters and even for big boxes that I get in the mail.  It goes right through paper and tape, even packing tape.

$1.05



The CANON USA LS-100TS Compact Desktop calculator has come in handy with work and on my bills.  It's a basic one so I don't have to worry about switching a function or anything.  I like that the numbers are bigger.  My husband has a calculator and the numbers are so small that I can't even use it.  My hand always hits buttons that are beside it.  This one is big enough to see but not so big that it looks weird.

Three-key memory
4 1/8w x 5 1/4 d 
KCD display
Comes with battery
$9.59

You have to have batteries if you are going to have an X-ACTO Compact Desktop Battery-Operated Pencil Sharpener.  I'm partial to Duracell because in my experience, they last a lot longer than other batteries.

4 AA batteries  
Alkaline
1.5 V
$7.99



Even though I usually write in pen I decided to go ahead and get some Blackstonian Pencils. I used to hate using pencils because the tips would always break off and the erasers wouldn't work right.  These pencils are great though.  I haven't had any issues with the tips breaking and the erasers work like a dream.

 12 No. 2 pencils for $.89

The Universal Products Paper Clips have come in handy for papers that I don't want to mess up by stapling them.  I like to clip all of my paperwork for hair products together and makeup products together, etc.  These paperclips work great.



I finally have a stapler. A Swingline Durable Full Strip Desk Stapler that can staple up to 20 sheets. I put this to the test and it really did work, so I'm happy with my little burgundy stapler. 

Open Channel
1/4 in. staple size
210 staple capacity
$11.29
The Universal Products Standard Chisel Point 210 Strip Count Staples will last for a really long time.  These staples also have a sheet capacity of 20.  Like I said, I put that to the test and it worked.

$.79 for a box of 5000
Leg length: 1/4

Disclosure: I received these products free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.



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