How to Save on Back to School Supplies
Shutterfly Free Stuff

How to Save on Back to School Supplies

Is it really time to get back to school already? It sure is! And as you know, this means it is time to dig deep in those pockets and come up with some back to school cash. So how can you get everything you need and still stay on budget? Simple. Just take a peek below at some simple tips that you can follow in order to snag the back to school supplies you need while still keeping some cash in your pocket. Take a peek, and see how to save on back to school supplies!

How to Save on Back to School Supplies:

  How to Save on Back to School Supplies #BTS

1. Shop those penny sales.

Many stores offer penny sales during back to school time. Keep your eyes peeled specifically for sales at office supply stores where penny sales are most often offered. Take a buddy with you in case there is a limit on how much you can buy.

2. Visit company websites.

Take a look at company websites for common back to school product companies such as Bic, Crayola, and more. See if any back to school offers, rebates, or coupons are posted. Can’t find any? Just email them via their website and ask where you can find savings.

3. Hit up the dollar store.

Visit your local dollar store for basics such as pencils, folders, glue sticks, and crayons. You will still find a great selection and be able to stock up on all of the items you need for just $1 each.

4. Take inventory.

Chances are, you have things like scissors, rulers, and maybe even some folders already around your house. Take inventory of what you have so that you don’t find yourself buying duplicates and wasting precious cash. Take a look in those drawers and closets!

5. Buy in bulk.

Check your local retailer and find out if they will offer a discount if you and other parents buy in bulk. If so, round up a group of parents and get your order together! Just call ahead and ask, you never know what sort of deal you might be able to get.

6. Clip those coupons.

You don’t usually see coupons for school supplies in the Sunday paper, but you will during the month of August. If you don’t typically get the Sunday paper, it is worth the $1.50 to snag a few during this month as you are sure to find savings on all of your favorite back to school items.

7. Watch your timing.

Some items may be less expensive after school is in session. Electronics such as computers or calculators may cost less come September, so hold off if you can and get these items for less.

See how simple it is to get back to school for less? Give these tips a try and then get shopping!


Here are more Back to School posts for you!


Monsters University Back to School Supplies

Fun First Day of School Photo Ideas

7 Healthy Back to School Breakfast Ideas


Lauren is the owner and writer for Crazy About My Baybah. She is a mom that is crazy about her family, art, photography, getting fit, Disney, and living in Las Vegas.

Latest posts by Lauren Elise (Posts)

Thanks for sharing!
Pin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on StumbleUponShare on Google+Share on YummlyBuffer this page


  1. These are great tips. The penny sales are amazing if you can get them. I noticed a local retailer doing notebooks for only a penny.

  2. Definitely 1, 4, and 6!

  3. These are fantastic! Such great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I’m amazed at all the thing the Dollar Tree has for cheaper than Walmart!

  5. These are all great tips, we used several already this year.

    Last year we spent more on backpacks, but it was well worth it because they are soo sturdy and of good quality that the kids are using them this year as well! Some years we’ve bought the cheaper ones and had to replace them during the school year so we thought we would try this out. We got both backpacks last year from Kohls one is Jansport and the other is a Tony Hawk, we hit a sale and used a % off coupon so we got both for around $35.

    They are also reusing some things like scissors, rulers, and lunch containers.

    I hit Costco and they had a pack of 24 count regular sized glue sticks for $5 my local Costco is running the sale the whole month of August. That was a great deal, often glue sticks are not discounted as much as some of the other things like crayons and paper so I often spend close to that on a couple of small packs. This way they can both have some, he can take a few others in to share with others and we still have a ton left at home for home art projects!

    We’ve also hit up staples to get penny items, Staples was running packs of their brand paper for a penny limit five if you spent at least $5. I picked up a few items they had on sale for great prices and then the paper. It’s a smaller pack than I would normally buy but it will get them through until the deeper discounts that come in September after schools been back in a month and the back to school sales start to clearance! I’m kicking myself in the butt because my mom went with us, bought something non school related and I didn’t think to have her pick up 5 packs of paper too! Ugghhh…oh well. (She was actually buying us a surprise unplanned gift of a Soda Stream they had on sale…so I really wasn’t aware of her purchase till right at the end when we headed to the register…so I blame that on my brain not connecting it!)

    I think in total for two kids one 4th grade and one 8th grade so far for supplies I have spent around $50 which sounds like a lot, but there are a lot of bulk items in there that will last all year if not into next year plus a few big ticket items like a flash drive and a zip up binder.

    They are soo ready to go, and hopefully they will only have one or two items the teacher requests to pick up…if we are lucky the teacher won’t need anything extra. Our school district gives out a generic list for each grade and then if teachers want something more specific beyond what is on that list they will let the students know. I was soo excited to bang out all the items in one day, I hit Coscto on my lunch break and then Staples on my way to dinner with the family! Maybe 40 minutes shopping between the two!

  6. thanks for the tips I’ll be picking up school supplies this week and with 4 kids I need all the $$ saving tips I can get.

  7. Great tips! I used most of them when I bought my son’s supplies a couple of weeks ago. :)

  8. Good tips. I will be so glad when school gets started.

  9. I need to get on the stick. I’ve already missed a lot of great sales.

  10. I love the penny sales!

  11. I never thought to visit the company website to check for rebates. You’re a smart lady!

  12. I love the timing one – since we homeschool, we wait to buy office supplies and notebooks and such after school has started and clear them out when they are 2¢ and 5¢ and the like :) We also stock up then to fill the Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse at Christmas.

  13. It’s that time for us too and I’m being careful

  14. Wonderful tips, I’m using them when we finish up our shopping ;)

  15. Those are great tips!

  16. Staples always has AMAZING deals!

  17. These are some great tips. I love those penny sales!

  18. I need to pick up some last minute stuff. I’ll have to use this list.

  19. I can’t believe in 1 years time I will be doing all this!! Great tips!

  20. These are great tips and perfect timing, we just went back to school shopping this week.

  21. This year I am definitely going to shop after the kids start back to school because all the stores start marking down the BTS stuff to get rid of it. Great tips.

  22. We just went to the Dollar Tree last night. They are definitely my go to place for affordable back to school supplies.

  23. These are some really great tips! Especially 1,3, and 5.

  24. I tried to do a good job of hitting sales this year for our “first” year of school supplies… what was frustrating were some of the specific items the teachers requested (specific quantities and elusive styles). I did pretty good but there were some things I just couldn’t get very cheaply. :(

  25. These are some great tips. And this is also a good time to stock up on arts and craft supplies for Operation Shoebox if you participate in that each year.

Speak Your Mind