Where to shop for affordable back to school supplies

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Before becoming a parent, you probably heard about the skyrocketing cost of raising a child, but
there’s also the surprising sums dropped on back-to-school shopping.

Luckily, when it comes to outfitting your student with
everything he or she may need, it is possible to save money if
you know where to look. With that in mind, we’ve found nine
places to shop for affordable school supplies. (And if you need
more help, we also wrote about bargain backpacks and first-day worthy outfits!)

1. Amazon

If we’re talking deals, of course, Amazon is going to make the
list. The online retail giant sells everything, including
school supplies. Be sure to bookmark their dedicated Back-to-School deal page to keep an eye on
newly added items.

30 pack of Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, $8,
Amazon

Amazon

Uni-ball Retractable Colored Gel Pens, $7, Amazon

Amazon

2. Michaels

When it comes to saving money, coupons are a big help and
Michaels offers some of the best out there. Find out what
coupons are being offered in your area by plugging in your zip
code here, and don’t be surprised if you find
upwards of 50 percent off single items. Plus, you can use more
than one coupon/promo code for a single transaction, so start
shopping.

Super Important Planner Book by Recollection, $2,
Michaels

Michaels

Faber-Castell® Brilliant Beeswax Crayon set, $3,
Michaels

Michaels

3. Oriental Trading Company

Buy in bulk! Sites like Oriental Trading Company
are a great place to stock up on the fun and useful items
you’re going to need now and in the future. Since you’ll use
these items eventually, buying them up front can save you some
serious money. As an added bonus, the options available are
much more fun than the average school item.

Mustache Pencil, $3, Oriental Trading Company

Oriental
Trading Company

Big Mistakes Erasers, $6, Oriental Trading Company

Oriental
Trading Company

4. Jet

Like its main competition, Amazon, and parent company Walmart,
Jet pretty much
sells everything, including school supplies. And right now they
have supplies at great prices. Plus, if you use the code SAVE15
you’ll get 15 percent off your first three orders on the site.

Crayola 68-4012 Colored Pencils, 12-Count, $1 when you
buy four or more, Jet

Jet

Acme United 10425 Wood Yardstick, $2, Jet

Jet

5. CVS

The CVS
school and office supply section has some pretty great deals —
so great that you can get everything you need and still have
enough left over to buy some lotion to soothe the rough skin on
your spending hands. Your best bet is to look for deals in your
local store since there are likely a lot more items there than
are available online. Save 25 percent off select regularly
priced items with the code SAVE25.

Caliber Jumbo Highlighters Assorted Colors, $2,

CVS

CVS

Caliber Poly Binder Index Dividers 5 Tabs, $1, CVS

CVS

6. eBay

eBay isn’t just the place to bid on your dream shoes, the site
also has a huge selection of school supplies. You can find some
amazing deals, whether they’re auctions or “Buy It Now” sales.
eBay has something for everyone.

Back to school bundle, $36, eBay – Evo Trading

Ebay

Three-pack of Scotch tape, starting at $1, eBay – riogea0

Ebay

7. Discount School Supply

Looking for discount school supplies? The obvious
discountschoolsupply.com might be your best bet. According to
their 110 percent guarantee, if you find the same product for
cheaper somewhere else, they’ll match the price and
refund you 10 percent of the difference. Use code 25CLASS17
through Aug. 13 to take 25 percent off classroom favorites.

12 Colorations No. 2 pencils, $2, Discount School Supply

Discount School
Supply

School Glue, $1, Discount School Supply

Discount School
Supply

8. Groupon

That’s right, the place you go to get a deal on one of those
wine and painting classes is also a great source for discounted
school supplies.

Backpack pre-filled with an 18-piece school supply kit,
$28, Groupon

Groupon

Five-piece math set, $8, Groupon

Groupon

9. Sam’s Club

A Sam’s
Club
membership will save you a lot of money year-round,
but it’s especially true during back-to-school season.

Mead Spiral Bound Notebook, $1, Sam’s Club

Sam’s
Club

Texas Instruments TI-30XA Scientific Calculator,
10-Digit LCD, $10, Sam’s Club

Sam’s
Club

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