It may not feel like it’s time for back-to-school, but stores have their school supplies displays up and ready, and it’s time to start looking out for the best deals to stock up on school supplies! Grab your class supply lists and start stocking up! Start early and hit the best sales each week until you’ve gathered all of the required and desired items. Don’t forget to get enough to last through the whole school year and/or for stocking stuffers!
Check back each week to see the most current deals, and let me know if you find a great deal that I’m missing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If teachers request brand-specific items, its not just to make you spend more money. Certain brands of markers, pencils, and crayons work better or last longer than others, so it’s worth it to spend slightly more upfront than have to replace them more frequently.
Note: we aren’t including every single deal available – just the ones that we think are best. Click the links for the ads to see all specials. Items in BOLD are at best prices we typically see.
Office Depot/Office Max School Supplies deals
Office Depot/Office Max brand unless otherwise noted. Quantity limits vary. Office Depot/Office Max will match competitor’s prices in-store and online as long as the brand, size, quantity, etc. are all equal. See current ad here.
August 18 ad
- $1: Sharpie® Permanent Fine-Point Markers
- $1: Dixon® Ticonderoga® #2 Wood Pencils
- $1.99: BIC® Brite Liner® Highlighters
- $1.99: uni-ball® 207™ Retractable Gel Pens
- $1: Office Depot® Brand Filler Paper
Low Prices all Summer (some are limit 6) prices may be lower during weekly sales
- $1: Crayola® Crayon Box, Assorted Colors, Pack Of 24
- 20-50 cent: Office Depot 2-pocket and prong paper folders
- 50 cent – $1.50: Office Depot® Brand Composition Book
- 25 cent: Office Depot® Brand Rulers
- 75 cent: Office Depot® Brand Wood Pencils, #2 HB Medium Lead, Yellow, Pack Of 12
- $1: Scholastic Color Pencils, 3.3 mm, Assorted Colors, Pack Of 12
- $1: Elmer’s® Washable School Glue, 4 Oz.
- 50 cent: Scholastic School Glue, 4 Oz.
- 33 cent: Scholastic Standard Crayons, Assorted Colors, Pack Of 24
- $1: Scholastic Art Markers, fine or broad, Pack of 10
- $1.99: Office Depot® Brand 100% Recycled Pen-Style Highlighters, Pack Of 6
- $2 for 2: Office Depot® Brand Filler Paper
- 50 cent: Office Depot® Brand Eraser Caps, Red, Pack Of 12
- 49 cent: Just Basics® Spiral Notebook, 140 Pages
- 75 cent: Office Depot® Brand Index Cards, 3″ x 5″, Ruled, White, 100
- 50 cent: Office Depot® Brand Manual Pencil Sharpeners
- $2: Ticonderoga® Pencils, #2 Soft Lead, Yellow Barrel, Box Of 12
Staples School Supplies deals
Staples offers a 110% price match guarantee! If you find a currently available lower price on a new and identical item, show the Staples cashier or an associate at the customer service desk the lower price when you buy the item at Staples and they will match it plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples it goes on sale in-store or online within 14 days, they’ll refund the difference. See details here.
Weekly ad: August 18-24 (see current weekly ad here)
- Crayola® Colored Pencils, 12/Box – 97¢
- Crayola Kid’s Markers 10/Pack – 97¢
- Staples® clear liquid glue, 5 oz or 4 pk glue sticks – 97¢
- BIC® Xtra-Fun pencils, 10+2/pack – 97¢
- BIC Soft Feel Retractable Ball Pens, Medium 1.0 mm, Assorted Fashion, 5/Pack – 97¢
- Staples 2-Pocket Folder, Assorted Colors – 15¢ each
- Crayola Washable Watercolors, Assorted – $2
- Crayola® washable crayons, 24/pack – $2
- Expo® low-odor dry-erase markers, 4/pack – $3.99
- 1 Subject Notebook (70 sheet) – $0.25
- Staples Composition Book (100 sheets) – $0.50
- Crayola 24ct Crayons – $0.50
- Staples Translucent Snap Cases, Assorted – 50¢
- Staples® Filler Paper, 8″ x 10-1/2″, 120/Pack – 85 cents
- Staples® 1″ standard view binders – $1.92
Walgreens School Supplies Sales
All prices listed are with Walgreens card. Check limits before purchase. See weekly ad.
Weekly ad: August 18-24
- Elmer’s Glue, 4 oz. or Stick, 3 pk., Select Paper Mate or Sharpie Mechanical Pens or Highlighters, Wexford Composition Books – .49 cents
- Ticonderoga No. 2 Pencils – $2.99 with card
- Wexford Supplies: variety – .49 cents
- Crayola Art Supplies – .99 cents
- Mead Five Star School Supplies – buy 1 get 1 free
- Post-It or Scotch Products – buy 1 get 1 50% off
Weekly ad: August 25-31
- Wexford School Supplies: Wooden Ruler, Erasers, Folders, Highlighters or Pencil Sharpener – 6/$1 or .29 cents each
- Bic Mechanical Pencils – $1.49
- Mead Five Star 1 Subject Notebooks – 2/$5
Target School Supplies Sales
Match the weekly deals with Target printable, mobile, or Cartwheel coupons for the biggest savings. See weekly ad.
Cat & Jack Brand of clothing, shoes, and other gear are guaranteed to last for 1 year, or your money back with receipt, so if you have kids that are rough on their stuff, you may want to purchase this brand.
Weekly ad: ends August 24
- Crayola® Crayons 24ct – 50 cents (low all season)
- 500ct Letter Printer Paper White – Up&Up™ – $3.99
- Crayola 10-ct. broad- and fine-line markers or 12-ct. colored pencils – 99 cents (low all season)
- Mead spiral and composition notebooks, college or wide ruled – 59-99 cents (low all season)
- up & up 2-pocket folder – 50 cents (low all season)
- Elmer’s 4-oz. liquid glue or 2 glue sticks – 50 cents (low all season)
- Elmer’s® Washable Glue Sticks Disappearing Purple – 6ct $2.49 (low all season)
- Pencil Sharpener 1 Hole 1ct Colors Vary – Up&Up™ – 49 cents (low all season)
- Fiskars 5″ blunt- or pointed-tip scissors – $1.49 (low all season)
- Top Flight filler paper – .99 cents (low all season)
Kroger School Supplies Sales
Prices listed may require Kroger card. Check limits before purchase. See weekly ad.
Weekly Ad: Through August 24
- Top Flight Composition Book 100 Sheets, College Rule or Wide Rule- $0.59
- Crayola Crayons – $0.49 (limit 4)
- Scotch Kids Scissors – $1.99
- Papermate Write Bros Pens – 10/$10
- Sharpie Desk Style Highlighter 2-Pack- 10/$10
- Expo Dry Erase Markers – $3.79
Amazon Back to School Deals
An obvious benefit of shopping for school supplies at Amazon is free 2-day shipping right to your door (if you have Prime). But you can also find some deals at Amazon. (The deals change frequently, so keep checking back.) Amazon prices are subject to change at any time.
- Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils, 96-ct. These are considered the best pencils, and a box this large will last you a couple of years
- TICONDEROGA Pencils, Wood-Cased #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened with Eraser, Yellow, 18-Pack
- Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased Graphite #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened, Yellow, 30-Pack
- Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Count
- Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack
- AmazonBasics All Purpose Bulk School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30-Pack
- Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers, Large, 12 Count
- Expo dry-erase markers, 6-piece starter set with eraser and cleaning liquid
- Crayola Mini Twistables Crayons, Amazon Exclusive, 50 Count
- BIC Xtra-Life Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 40-Count
- Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Fine Line Markers, 6 Classic Colors Non-Toxic Art Tools for Kids & Toddlers
- Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons, Sweet Scented Crayons, Gift, 12 Count
- Expo fine tip dry erase markers, multi, 8-pack
- Sharpie highlighters, 12-ct
- Kids character backpacks (Disney, Star Wars, Hello Kitty, etc.)
Walmart School Supplies
The current Walmart school supply prices are going on throughout summer, although they may do special deals or rollbacks from time to time. While prices are often lower than regular prices at other stores, I don’t see any great advertised deals at this point.
Lakeshore Learning School Supplies
Lakeshore Learning is running a Back to School sale where 1000’s of items in the store are 20% off now through Sept. 3, plus 50% off doorbusters. Lakeshore Learning is located at 2148 Polaris Parkway, Columbus.
Teachers get a free Teacher’s Plan Book (LL949) with any purchase of $20 or more (coupon details)
Giant Eagle School Supplies Sales
Weekly ad: no supplies listed
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