How to Save Money on School Supplies
I love a great deal on school supplies. I use them by the truckload for my daycare and I get them when the sales are on to save money year round. I save a ton on glue sticks, markers, crayons, paper and glue. Check out how to save money on school supplies too.
I wait until this time of year every year to stock up on crayons, markers, paints, glue and glue sticks. I also buy folders and spiral notebooks for writing. I LOVE a bargain.
How to Save Money on School Supplies
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You might be wondering how to navigate all the sales and get the best deals. The best suggestion I have is to use patience. Be willing to watch and wait. Don’t get in a rush to get it all done at once. Every week after the week of the 4th of July, different stores have different things on sale.
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This year, a group I’m part of called Replenishing Oklahoma is doing a back to school supply drive for a local school that serves underprivileged students. We are kicking our sale shopping into overdrive to get the very most we can for the money we are raising. We are looking for mass quantities of supplies.
Best time to buy school supplies
Make a list of what you need. Write next to each entry the bottom dollar prices for those items. I have a mental idea because I buy so much of it, so I kind of know what prices are the best around.
Walmart has fewer sales and more every day low prices than other stores. Staples has some of the best sales around. I try to keep up with the sale flyers to Staples, Office Depot/Max, Walmart and Target.
I also compare prices on Amazon. I used this article from Passionate Penny Pincher to come up with a list of some basic best deals. Then when I see a sale, I can tell if it’s a good one or not. Amazon is usually the best price when buying in bulk, but for single items, I didn’t find any best deals.
She’s got a great site here, check it out for tons of saving ideas!
Please keep in mind that Crayola, Elmer’s and Fiskars are far superior products.
Generic or Rose Art crayons and markers just do not work as well, stick with Crayola. Elmer’s makes much better glue sticks than the off brand. You might as well throw your money in the trash before you buy that junky glue.
Fiskars scissors are the only ones young kids can be successful with. You don’t want your child to struggle because their scissors are crap. You won’t be saving if the kids can’t use the supplies you buy.
Item Walmart Regular Price Target Regular Price
Crayola Crayons, 24 ct. .50 .50
Elmer’s Glue .50
Elmer’s Glue Sticks 2/pk .50
Pink Erasers .48
3 Prong Folders .15
70 Sheet Spiral Notebook .17 .17
Filler Paper 150 ct. .82
Crayola WASHABLE Markers 1.97 1.97
Crayola Markers .97 .97
Highlighters, 2/ct. .77
Index Cards .48
School Box .57
Crayola Watercolor Paints, 8 1.97
Crayola Colored Pencils .97 .97
#2 Pencils 20/ct. .97
You also notice that Target doesn’t beat Walmart on every day low prices. If you want a one-stop shop, Walmart is the best deal.
Check out the website for Staples, Walmart, Target and Office Depot/Max if you have those stores nearby. There is a link on the landing page that says weekly ad, that’s what you need. Find the things on the list that are on sale and check this list to see if it’s a better deal.
Be careful because lots of times, the sale price at one store is more than the regular price at another. That’s how they get cha. Make sure of the limit you can purchase AND if you have to buy something to get it. This week there was an Office Depot/Max ad that offered a package of pencils for a penny if you spent $5.
Here was the deal I made: There were 24 packs of Crayolas on sale for .25 each limit 3, packs of 5 highlighters on sale for .25 each limit 3, Sharpie markers on sale for .25 each limit 3. We needed all of those items for our supply drive, so I made the deal of 3 packs of crayons, for .75, plus 3 packs of highlighters, bringing it up to $1.50, plus 3 sharpies for .75 each, bringing it up to $2.25. Then we picked up three packs of index cards that were on sale for $1 each for a total of $5.25. When you add the penny for the pencils, it came to $5.26.
These items rang up $27.37 and we got them for $5.71 including tax.
The key to getting the best deals is to plan ahead with the ads. Then after you do that at a couple of stores for two weeks or so, head to Walmart and get whatever else you still need.
Another amazing way to save is to use Groupon Coupons. You can get discounts at Target, Walmart, Amazon, Staples, and Office Depot by checking here at Groupon Coupons to find even further discounts on the school supplies you need. Click here for instance, to print out a target coupon to get a free $5 gift card if you buy selected school supplies. You could get your glue sticks and scissors at Target and get a $5 Target card to use on something else.
You can use this link to get 20% off or $10 off $50 purchase at Office Depot. You can even shop for your supplies online and get this deal on your total order! Then you could pick up at the store for free to save on shipping. Amazon and Walmart have similar pages on Groupon where you can print coupons for things you need or find special deals through Groupon on stuff you’re looking for. Check the Groupon Coupon website to see what they have to offer.
When it’s time to work on back to school clothes, check out JCPenney or Kohl’s for great deals on clothes for back to school. Grab some great sales on shoes at Footlocker. These Groupon Coupons are a percentage off your whole school clothes shopping order or whatever else you’re needing at home. Groupon Coupons has so many great ways to save. It can make your back to school shopping so much less painful!
Back to school savings tips
Go check out Kohl’s for a great deal. You can use the 15% off your order coupon to get a great deal. There is lots of stuff at Kohl’s on sale right now, you can use the Groupon Coupon link to go straight to the sales as well.
Back to school shopping is an expensive time for families. Doing whatever you can to make it more affordable is always worth the effort. I hope you save a bundle with some of these ideas I have shared with you today.
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