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.
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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 deals here.
Low Prices all Summer (some are limit 6) prices may be lower during weekly sales
- 75 cent: Crayola® Crayon Box, Assorted Colors, Pack Of 24
- $1.50: Crayola® Colored Pencils, 12 pack
- $1.25: Crayola® Broadline or fine line Markers, 10 pack
- 45 cent – 75 cent: Office Depot 2-pocket and prong paper folders
- 50 cent – $1.50: Office Depot® Brand Composition Book
- 99 cent: Office Depot® Brand Wood Pencils, #2 HB Medium Lead, Yellow, Pack Of 12
- $1.29: Office Depot® Brand Glue Sticks, 0.32 Oz, Clear, Pack Of 4 Glue Sticks
- $1.29: Elmer’s® Washable School Glue, 4 Oz.
- 59 cent: Office Depot® Brand School Glue , 4 Oz.
- $1.99: Office Depot® Brand 100% Recycled Pen-Style Highlighters, Pack Of 6
- 99 cent: Office Depot® Brand Filler Paper
- 50 cent: Office Depot® Brand Eraser Caps, Pack Of 12
- 50 cent – $1: 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
- $1.49: Office Depot® Brand Beveled Erasers, Pink, Pack Of 3 Erasers
- $1.49: Office Depot® Brand Mechanical Pencils, HB, 0.7mm, Assorted Barrel Colors, Pack of 6
- $1.50: BIC® Kids Coloring Pencils, 3.3 mm, Assorted Colors, Pack Of 12 Pencils
- $1.99: Westcott® X-Ray Kids Scissors, 5″, Assorted Colors
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 deals here.
- Elmer’s School Glue, 4 Oz. – 50¢
- Crayola® Colored Pencils, 12/Box – 97¢
- Crayola Kid’s Markers 10/Pack – 97¢
- Staples 2-Pocket Folder, Assorted Colors – 50¢ each
- Expo® low-odor dry-erase markers, 4/pack – $4.49
- 1 Subject Notebook (70 sheet) – $0.50
- Fiskars SoftGrip 5″ Steel Kids Scissors – $2.99
- TRU RED™ 5″ Kids Blunt Tip Stainless Steel Scissors – 97 cents
- Staples Composition Book (100 sheets) – $0.50
- Crayola 24ct Crayons – $0.50
- Crayola Crayons with Sharpener, 64 Crayons/Box – $3
- Staples Translucent Snap Cases, Assorted – 97¢
- Staples® Filler Paper, 8″ x 10-1/2″, 120/Pack – 99 cents
- Staples® 1″ standard view binders – $1.88
- Staples Block Erasers, Pink, 3/Pack – 75 cents
- Staples® Manual Pencil Sharpener – 50 cents
- TRU RED™ 3″ x 5″ Index Cards – 75 cents
Walgreens School Supplies Sales
All prices listed are with Walgreens card. Check limits before purchase. See weekly ad.
Weekly ad: July 25-31
- Wexford Supplies: variety – .99 cents (notebook, stapler, index dividers, filler paper)
- Wexford Supplies: variety – .49 (Index cards, memo book, erasers, ruler)
- BOGO free Wexford Binders
- BOGO Free Wexford Backpacks
- BOGO Free Elmers Glue/Gluesticks
- BOGO 50% Variety of writing supplies
- Crayola Art Supplies – .99 cents
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.
- Crayola® Crayons 24ct – 50 cents (low all season)
- Crayola 10-ct. broad- and fine-line markers or 12-ct. colored pencils – 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)
- Fiskars 5″ blunt- or pointed-tip scissors – $1.49 (low all season)
- PaperMate 20-pk. ballpoint pens – $1.99
Kroger School Supplies Sales
Prices listed may require Kroger card. Check limits before purchase. See weekly ad.
Weekly Ad: Through August 3
- Crayola Colored Pencils – 79 cents
- Elmers School Glue – 59 cents
- Top Flight Composition Book 100 Sheets, College Rule or Wide Rule- $0.59
- Crayola Crayons – $0.50 (limit 4)
- Crayola Markers, erasers, pencil case, 2 pocket folder, 2pk highlighter, sticky notes – 10/$10
- Office Works Supplies: Index cards, pencils, eraser caps
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
- 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. Find details here.
- Crayola markers, 10-ct .97
- Crayola washable markers, 10-ct $2.47
- Crayola colored pencils, 12-pk .97
- Crayola crayons, .50
- Cra-Z-Art colored pencils, 10-pk .50
- Cra-Z-Art washable markers, 10 ct .50
- Cra-Z-Art fine line markets, 10 ct .98
- Elmer’s glue, 4 oz., .50
- Elmer’s glue sticks, 2-pk, .50
- Cra-Z-Art Washable Glue Sticks, Disappearing Purple, 2 Count or 40 oz glue .50
- Comp book, .50
- index cards, 100 ct, .98
- Fiskars 5″ scissors $1.88
- kids scissors, 2 pk .98
- binder pouch .98
Lakeshore Learning School Supplies
Lakeshore Learning is running a Back to School sale where 1000’s of items in the store are 25% off now through Sept. 3, plus 50% off doorbusters. Lakeshore Learning is located at 2148 Polaris Parkway, Columbus.
Back to school deals and event
Clothing, Consignment sales, and cheap haircuts
Save on back to school shopping during Ohio’s Tax Free Back to School Shopping weekend.
Consignment sales are one of the best ways to save on back-to-school clothing! The sales include good condition, seasonal appropriate clothing, shoes, backpacks, and more.
Want to save more?
Check out Wichita on the Cheap Tips for Saving on School Supplies. The tips are an accumulation of things she’s learned by experience and from other smart people!