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The Cheapest Places for 5 Basic School Supplies

BY: Rachel Matuch | Dec 11, 2018

As a kid, I loved getting new school supplies. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils! The promise of crisp new notebooks, still free of doodles! But back-to-school shopping has gotten pricier for parents. Tech purchases like flash drives, fancy calculators, and even tablets are now the norm. (Those shiny new Hello Kitty folders add up, too.) cheapest places for five basic school supplies We decided to do a little digging. Working from a local district's school supply list, we picked out five common school supplies, then searched out the best deals on the web.

70-Page Spiral Notebooks

Mead spiral-bound notebook I have to be honest, Target surprised me with a couple of the deals on this list. Their Mead Spiral-Bound College Rule Notebook, on sale for just $0.65, couldn’t be beat. (Heads up: Target is currently offering free $5 gift cards with $25+ school supply orders, too.)

Set of Highlighters

Set of 5 Bic highlighters Kmart has a Bic Brite Liner highlighter five-pack for only $1.99—and those chisel tips make for the most satisfying lines.

12-Pack of 7” Crayola Colored Pencils

Crayola 12-pack of colored pencils Apparently, it's very important to our school district that every child have the same exact brand of colored pencils in the same exact length. In any case, Target wins again! Get the whole box of these Crayola colored pencils for just $0.97.

Flash Drive

SanDisk 16GB flash drive For how specific it was about those colored pencils, the school supply list was pretty vague about the flash drive. The list didn’t specify how much storage space a student might need, but this SanDisk 16GB Flash Drive ($4.97 at Walmart) should be a safe bet.

Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator

Texas Instruments graphing calculator The TI-84 Plus is currently on sale for $99.99, plus free shipping, at Amazon. It’s a big purchase, yes, but this was the best budget find of the bunch. We couldn’t find another price that held a candle to Amazon's sale price. Looking for more deals on back-to-school essentials? Check out our round-up of back-to-school sales, coupons, and promo codes.