Back-to-school sales are heating up and I want to make sure that you’re getting the very best deals possible. That’s why I put together this list of the 2016 Back to School Best Prices List.
These are your “buy now” prices on 39 of the most common items on school’s supply lists. To hit these targets, I recommend starting early and being patient – all supplies will eventually reach these buy-now prices, but they won’t all do it the same week or at the same store.
If the price on an item is slightly higher than the one listed here, it may still be worth it for you to buy it — so you can cross it off your list and be done with it! (This is a prime example of that old Time vs. Money conundrum.)
Here are more strategies for getting the best prices on school supplies.
Cut & paste this list into a document on your phone – or head over HERE to print out a copy of this list, which I saved for you as a Google Doc.
Crayola Crayons, 24-ct – $.25
Crayola Markers, Fine Tip, 10-count – $.97
Crayola Markers, Regular Tip, 8-count – $.97
Crayola Markers, Washable, 8-count or 10-count – $1.97
Crayola Colored Pencils, 12-ct – $.97
Crayola Watercolors – $.50 – $.97
Elmers School Glue – $.20
Elmer’s Glue Sticks (2-pack) – $.25
Scotch Tape – $.25 per roll
Ruler – $.75
Pink Pearl Erasers – $.25 ($1 for a pack of 4)
Cap Erasers, 12-pack – $.25 (or as low as FREE)
Ticonderoga Pencils, 12-pack – $2 (or $.50 or less for other brands)
Plastic Pencil Box – $.25
Fabric Pencil Bag with 3-Ring Punch – $.25
Pencil Sharpener (the small, non-electric ones) – $.10
Bic Pens, Blue, Black or Red – $.25 (or as low as FREE)
Sharpies, 2-pack – $.50 (or as low as FREE)
Fiskars Scissors, Blunt-Tip – $.75
Fiskars Scissors, Regular Tip – $1.50
Composition Notebooks – $.25 (or as low as FREE)
Notebook Paper, Wide- or College-Ruled – $.25
Spiral Notebook, Wide- or College-Ruled – $.25
Graph Paper – $.75
Construction Paper, 9×12 – $2.50
Poster Board, Single Sheet – $.50
Expo Dry Erase Markers, black 4-ct – $1.50
Highlighters, 2-pack – $.50
Expo Dry Eraser – $1
Index Cards, 100-count – $.25
1-inch binder – $.50
3-inch binder – $3
2-Pocket Folder, Paper -$ .10 (or FREE)
2-Pocket Folder, Plastic – $.25
Backpacks & Lunchboxes
If you don’t mind waiting until after the first day of school, I like to buy both backpacks and lunch boxes on Clearance. I’ll be sure to post about various clearance finds, both in stores and online. We’ll have to wait and see if Office Max/Office Depot continue offering FREE After Rewards backpacks as they did in years past.
(Many school supply lists include these items; ideally you can just take these from your stockpile, but if you need to buy, here are my target prices)
Baby Wipes, 72-80 count – $1
Kleenex Facial Tissue – $.75
Ziploc Bags, 24-count – $1.50 (Costco with a coupon)
Bleach Wipes, 35-count – $1 (Amazon)
Purell Hand Sanitizer – $1 (store brands will be half that)
Be sure to follow Kosher on a Budget’s Back to School Deals to find out about all the best sales on your school supply list.