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August 01, 2017

6 Places To Get Cheap School Supplies

6 Places To Get Cheap School Supplies

Back-to-school shopping can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. We found 6 places, online and off, to get supplies like highlighters, notebooks, and backpacks at a percentage of the price you’re used to paying!

Craft Stores

Check coupon sites like Groupon for deals on supplies from Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics. These particular places are known for their generous discounts, and, best of all, they both allow multiple coupons per transaction. While a lot of what they carry is art-related, like markers, paint, and glue, you can get great deals on school supplies like scissors, Sharpies, and gel pens. If you’re an art student, you’re in luck – these can be your one-stop shops!

Amazon’s Warehouse Deals

Amazon’s Warehouse Deals section, though little-known, is one of the site’s best features. With open-box and gently used items at unbeatable prices, including school supplies, it’s perfect for students on a budget.


Pharmacies like Rite-AidCVS, and Walgreens all have rewards programs that will save you cash during your shopping session. Between buy-one-get-one deals, clearance items, and discounts, drugstores are one of the best places to score school supplies on the cheap. Plus, they usually have a pretty decent selection.

Lesser-Known Websites

Sites like DollarDaysBags in Bulk, and Discount School Supply sell wholesale unbranded school supplies at super low prices. We’re talking rulers and folders for less than a quarter and backpacks for under $5.


You can get pretty much anything on eBay, and school supplies are no exception. It depends on what you’re looking for, but you can typically find brand new stuff for pennies. Our only advice is to be careful when placing bids – look up the item online beforehand to make sure you’re not overpaying.

Dollar Stores

It might seem obvious, but one of the cheapest ways to stock up on supplies is to hit up Dollar Tree or Family Dollar. Whether you visit them in-store or online, you’re sure to find a deal that’s worth your time. Where else can you find a scientific calculator for only $1? 

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