Back to School sales are already getting started in Wichita and online. Here’s this week’s list of the best school supply sales I found. It only includes what I see as the really good deals. Remember that you can also print coupons for school supplies and match them with a sale.
I’m also putting together a price comparison spreadsheet you can use. To the best of my ability, I’ve gathered prices on typical school supplies from several stores so you can easily tell whether you’re getting a good deal.
Feel free to download and use it while you shop. (This is not adorned with cute fonts and clipart! I love those too, but this one is just an all-business price comparison sheet for school supplies.)
I’ve also recently updated my Tips for Saving on School Supplies. The tips are an accumulation of things I’ve learned by experience and from other smart people. I re-read it to refresh my memory before heading out school-shopping each season.
Also see Back to School Clothing Deals to help you save even more money this school year.
Note about brand-name supplies: Many teachers these days specifically request Crayola crayons, Expo markers and sometimes Ticonderoga pencils because the generic versions don’t work as well. But other supplies- like loose leaf paper, plastic school boxes, disinfecting wipes, etc. – are probably no different.
Office Depot School Supply Deals
Office Depot/Office Max will match competitor’s prices in-store and online as long as the brand, size, quantity, etc. are all equal. Choose free in-store pickup to save even more.
Office Depot/Max advertised prices (8/12):
All of these are Office Depot brand unless otherwise noted.
- 50 cents: plastic 12″ ruler
- 85 cents: filler paper, 100 sheets
- 89 cents: Scholastic colored pencils
- $1.25 index cards, 3×5, 300 ct.
- $1.25 pink erasers, 3-pk
- $2 highlighters, 6-pk
- $2 3-hole punch for notebook
- $2 Elmer’s washable school glue sticks, 4-pk
- $3 filler paper, 400-ct (better deal)
- $4 BIC mechanical pencils, 24-pk
- $4 Expo dry-erase markers, 4-pk
- $4.50 Ticonderoga pencils, 18-ct
- $4.99 PNY USB flash drives, 16GB
- $6 Scholastic glue sticks, 30-pk
Walgreens School Supply Deals
It won’t surprise regular readers here that Walgreens is one of the best places to get school supplies at a discount. Each week they have something on sale for a crazy low price, and occasionally you may be able to match a coupon with the sale to get a super deal. For most/all of these deals, you will need to get a Walgreens card; it’s free, and you’ll earn points on purchases so it’s worth using it.
Walgreens ad 8/12:
These are Wexford brand unless otherwise noted.
- 10/$1: 2-pocket folders
- 5/$1 (or 49 cents ea.): pink erasers, pencil sharpener, ruler, highlighter
- 49 cents: 2-pocket poly portfolio
- 49 cents: kid scissors
- 49 cents: Elmer’s school glue, 4 oz
- 49 cents: Elmer’s jumbo glue stick, single
- 99 cents: Storex plastic pencil box
- 99 cents: Paper Mate pens 10-pk or Sharpie highlighters, 2-pk, or mechanical pencils
- 99 cents: Kleenex or Nice! tissues
- 99 cents: Purell hand sanitizer, 8 oz, with Walgreens’ paperless coupon
- $2.99 multipurpose (print/copy) paper, 400 sheets
Dillons School Supply Deals
If you shop at a Dillons Marketplace that has clothing, keep an eye out for their coupons in the weekly ad. We’ve found some good deals on shoes, tops, etc. for teens and adults.
Also, shopping for school supplies at Dillons comes with the extra perk of getting fuel points. Remember to check your app for digital coupons before you shop.
Dillons weekly ad 8/12:
- 10/$10: Kroger Home Sense facial tissue and sandwich bags
- See the school supply price comparison download for more Dillons’ prices. They have good prices this year!
Target Back to School Deals
Thanks to Emily for this great tip! If you don’t look forward to the excitement of lugging the kids around to all the school supply sales, Target will do the shopping FOR you. Use Target’s School List Assist to get it all done in one fell swoop.
- Target’s weekly ad beginning 8/12 doesn’t have any new sales for school supplies. See the price comparison download for all season long prices.
Coupons for School Supplies
Print these and save them to match up with a sale.
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
- Expo dry-erase markers, 6-piece starter set with eraser and cleaning liquid
- Expo fine tip dry erase markers, multi, 8-pack
- Sharpie highlighters, 12-ct
- Kids character backpacks (Disney, Star Wars, Hello Kitty, etc.)
- Scotch Magic Tape, 6 rolls
- 20-ct BPA-free plastic meal containers
- Amazon Prime makes back-to-school shopping cheaper and seriously convenient. Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
Walmart Back to School Sales
The current Walmart school supply prices are now on the 2018 Wichita on the Cheap School Supply Price Comparison sheet above. Print that and use it when you’re shopping to know you’re getting the best deal.