Whether back to school means elementary, middle, high school, or college, you’re going to need plenty of new school supplies. The costs of back to school supplies can really add up, so finding discounts helps you stay on budget. For shopping locally in the Chicago suburbs or shopping online, these four stores offer the best bets for cheap school supplies and other school-related gear at a discount.
Dollar General offers a good selection of cheap school supplies, and as the name applies, many items are $1 or less. Dollar General has some off-brand items, but they also offer brand names like Sharpie, Crayola, and Elmer’s at a discount. Aside from typical school supplies like paper and pens, Dollar General also offers breakfast foods, school lunch snacks, and cheap backpacks to help you save money.
The Dollar General has locations all over the Chicago suburbs, including Villa Park, Lombard, Carpentersville, and Hanover Park. Find the store nearest you with the Dollar General store locator. View the selection of cheap school supplies at the Dollar General website.
Already a discount store, Target also offers special back to school discounts and sales on school supplies. There are other bargains to be had, however. Look for red tags on items indicating further markdowns on select school supplies. Check end of aisle displays frequently for last-chance stock-clearing sales; you can find quality school notebooks, pencils, and more at cheap prices.
Take a look at the front of the store in the “dollar section”, where you’ll often find cheap notebooks, pencils, folders, and other school supplies. It’s not all generic products either; keep an eye out for movie merchandise and Hello Kitty school supplies.
Target also has a wide selection of other cheap back to school items like clothing, lunch boxes, and snacks.
Target stores can be found all over the Chicago suburbs, including locations in Schaumburg, Streamwood, Elgin, South Elgin, Glendale Heights and Wood Dale. Find the store nearest you with the Target store locator, or shop cheap school supplies online at Target.com.
OfficeMax isn’t just for office workers; they offer a wide array of brand name school supplies both in stores and online. Watch for back to school specials and weekly sales. The beauty of OfficeMax is that you get cheap school supplies in bulk; individual students get enough paper and pens to last through a whole school year, and bulk-buying school supplies at a discount is helpful for families with multiple school kids.
OfficeMax has an excellent selection of cheap school supplies, stationary, and printer paper, as well as office furniture and desk supplies to set up your student’s work area.
OfficeMax has several locations in the Chicago suburbs, including Bloomingdale, Hoffman Estates, Batavia, Cicero, Melrose Park, and Elgin. Find the store nearest you with the OfficeMax store locator, or shop cheap school supplies onlne at OfficeMax.com.
While regular prices at Walgreens can run a bit expensive, their sales on school supplies can be amazing. Check the newspaper or mail for sale ads, or check the Walgreens website for their weekly ad. Sales on school supplies can be more than 50% off, with many items under $1. During the back to school shopping season, Walgreens typically carries a large selection of brand name cheap school supplies, with plenty of spiral notebooks, pens, folders, and binders to choose from.
Weekly sales also offer deals on other cheap back to school items like lunch snacks and juices.
Walgreens has a location on practically every corner in the Chicago suburbs; check for the location nearest you using the Walgreens store locator. You can also shop cheap school supplies online at Walgreens.com.