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How to Shop for Basic School Supplies

Updated on November 25, 2012

Back to School Shopping

I love back to school shopping. It is my favorite type of shopping and I love to buy all sorts of school supplies at great deals. Good deals always meant more to spend on my classroom and more supplies to bring in. My goal was always to see how much I could buy for $100. Teachers tend to spend their own money in their classroom to have enough supplies, especially since their always seems to be a pencil eating monster somewhere.

Dollar Store is not the place to be

I love the dollar store and there are many thing that I buy there for my classroom like decorations, baskets, and plastic bins. I do not however buy any of my school supplies here. i can always find better quality school supplies for less money at the big box retailers.

Where to shop for school supplies

The best places to shop for those awesome school supplies deals are Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and other big box type stores. We have Meijer near us and it is usually comparable to the others. Watch the sales, watch for in store coupons, and stock up.

Target and Meijer frequently have coupons for in store purchases available. Walgreens coupon are usually what makes the deal without the coupons Walgreens can be pretty costly.

Stock up!

The beginning of the school year gives lots of sales and deals along with a larger selection of items. Here are the items you need to stock up on if your child requires them. You will most likely be asked to send more in during the course of the school year when they are no longer on sale.

  • pencils
  • glue sticks
  • dry erase markers
  • glue
  • colored pencils
  • markers
  • crayons

Don't forget a set for home

Even my kindergartener has homework these days and don't count on them bringing supplies home. Always buy a set of things like glue sticks, crayons, scissors, pencils, etc to keep in an accessible place at home for them to use for homework. We have a set that is only to be used for homework so that nothing is missing when we need it.

Forget to stock up?

Don't worry there will be a smaller sale and stock up time in January before the college kids start the spring semester. Keep your eyes open because it is a small window of time unlike Back to school shopping July through September.

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