All the Back-to-School Sales You Don’t Want to Miss This Year

by Lauren Wellbank

All the Back-to-School Sales You Don’t Want to Miss This Year

Image Credits: Walmart, Target

Save on laptops, binders, backpacks and more before sending your kids back to the classroom. We’ve found the best deals on school supplies from Target, Walmart, and Amazon.



For many parents, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: back-to-school shopping season! We relish in shopping for school supplies because it’s a sign that our families are about to return to the world of schedules and normalcy, which tend to slip away during the summer break (and a break from the 24/7 snack buffet that comes along with the extended time off from school). But very few of us look forward to the expense. Let’s face it, the price of new clothing and school supplies can add up quickly.


Wondering where to get school supplies without emptying your bank account this year? Fortunately, there are still ways to save when it comes to picking up all of your child’s classroom and homework must-haves. We’ve found the best deals on school supplies from Target, Walmart, Amazon, and more. Not only will wrapping up your back-to-school to-do list be a breeze with these deals, but it will also save you a few bucks. Which, of course, you’ll need to fill the hole in your grocery shopping budget from all those snacks—because seriously, where do they put all that food?


Deals on Amazon School Supplies


Back to School Sales and Deals on School Supplies - magnetic dry erase board
Image: Amazon


Whether you’re looking to get your little students über-organized, or simply buy in bulk to save, Amazon has got you covered. You can get everything you need from the retail giant quicker than you can say “add to cart.” This is an easy source for the scientific calculator, loose-leaf paper and spiral notebooks on the teacher’s list of required school supplies, or you can opt for an entire school-supply kit to save even more. It’s also a great place to stock up for everything they’ll need for homework, like printer ink cartridges, which we so often forget to buy until the last minute, and dry-erase boards, so we’ll remember about them.


  • Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator, $82.49 (originally $149.99);
  • Magnetic Weekly Dry Erase Board Calendar Whiteboard, $18.57 (originally $29.97);
  • 45-Piece School Supply Kit Grades K-12, $19.99;
  • Mead Spiral Notebooks, 1 Subject, Wide Ruled Paper, 70 Sheets, Colored Notebooks, $10.55;
  • Oxford Filler Paper, 8-1/2″ x 11″, College Rule, 3-Hole Punched, Loose-Leaf Paper for 3-Ring Binders, $10.99;
  • Back To School Supply Box Grades K-5 – School Supply Kit Back To School Essentials – 32 Pieces, $29.99;
  • Pacitek Compatible Ink Cartridge Replacement for Canon PGI-35, $9.72 (originally $15.66);


Deals on Target School Supplies


Back to School Sales and Deals on School Supplies Spirit backpack
Image: Target


Target has great deals on crayons, clothes, and even that new laptop you’ve been putting off purchasing. When you shop for supplies at Target, not only are you ensuring you’re getting a deal, but you’ll also be able to get your kids the things that they really want (and some things you might want to grab for yourself—who can resist that Baby Yoda water bottle?).


  • Paper Mate InkJoy 14pk Gel Pens, $12.49 (originally $19.99);
  • Crayola 24ct Crayons, $.50 (originally $1.39);
  • Levi’s Kids Newt CHMB Slip-on Unisex Chambray Sneaker, $32.99 (originally $35);
  • HP 15.6” Laptop With Windows 10, $349.99 (originally $444.99);
  • DreamWorks Spirit 16” Kids’ Deluxe Backpack, $12.99;
  • Bentgo Kids’ Chill Leak-Proof Lunch Box, $29.99;
  • Thermos 12oz Funtainer Water Bottle with Bail Handle – Baby Yoda, $15.29;
  • Cat & Jack “Go Science” Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt, $5 (originally $6);


Deals on Walmart School Supplies


Back to School Sales and Deals on School Supplies Dragon Ball Z backpack
Image: Walmart


When your child returns to the classroom this fall, you’re going to need to spring for back-to-school staples like binders, glue sticks and backpacks. And you’ll still want to have some learning toys, like magnetic tiles, at home. All of these add up quicker than the answers on a math quiz, but they don’t have to hit your wallet as hard when you buy them from Walmart. Even the store’s non-sale items are reasonably priced enough that you can be confident you’re getting a great deal on big-ticket items, like printers. Because, let’s face it, going back to school also means going back to paperwork — and you’re likely going to need to print a lot of it this year.

  • Elmer’s Scented Glue Sticks 4-Count, $2.27;
  • Your Zone Beckett Kids Metal Rolling Writing Desk, $39.97 (originally $55);
  • Trapper Keeper 1″ Binder Space, $9.97;
  • Click N’ Play Deluxe 100-Piece Magnetic Tiles, 43.42 (originally $69.99);
  • JLab Audio JBuddies Over-Ear Kids Headphones with Mic, $14.88 (originally $49.99);
  • Deli Ruler Set, Geometry Set, Set Squares for School, $3.92 (originally $7.03);
  • Lego Multi-Color Bricks 16″ Backpack, $24.99 (originally $29.99);
  • Dragon Ball Z Boys’ 17″ Backpack with Lunchbox 5-Piece Set, $18.98;
  • HP DeskJet 2742e All-in-One Wireless Color Inkjet Printer, $59;


Deals From Other Retailers


Back to School Sales and Deals on School Supplies Ooly Monster Mini Scented Highlighters
Image: Container Store


Get your kids excited about going back to school with cool items, like this two-pocket folder from Office Depot for your little gamer or a Princess Leia-themed life planner by Erin Condren for your little Jedi. They may be so excited to show their school supplies off to their friends that they’ll rush out the door that first morning back. If you want to put some of your back-to-school clothes shopping needs on autopilot, consider signing up for subscription clothing service Kidpik. Your kids fill out a style profile to ensure they’re getting the clothes they actually like, and you won’t have to worry about running them to the store to try things on or wasting money on items they won’t wear.


  • Bostitch Twist-n-Sharp Manual Pencil Sharpener, $2.49 (originally $3.09);
  • The Container Store Mint 3-Tier Rolling Cart, $34.99;
  • Ooly Monster Mini Scented Highlighters, $4.99;
  • Verizon Start Unlimited Plan with Auto Pay, $95/month for two lines with student discount;
  • Office Depot Brand Fashion 2-Pocket Poly Folder, 8-1/2″ x 11″, Video Games, $2.59;
  • Erin Condren Star Wars Watercolor Leia Lifeplanner, $59;
  • Pottery Barn Twee 1-2-3 Chalk Set, $25;
  • Kidpik Subscription Boxes, $98 average starting price,