With the new school year right around the corner, school supplies are needed. However, the supplies are needed for the entire year, not just the beginning of the year. But, sales only run until the week school starts. There are ways to buy school supplies in bulk and save money. As well as not have to continue to buy them all year long.
Check the fliers for stores such as Walgreens, CVS or Save On. My personal preference is Walgreens, because they offer coupons to reduce the prices of items and bulk buy savings. For example, buy 3 pencil sharpeners for $1 or 3 boxes of pencils for $2. I have purchased the entire years school supplies all from Walgreens. Literally their prices are ridiculousely low, Elmer’s Glue 2 pakes for $0.19, filler paper for $0.49 or folders for $0.09 each. There are some limitations as to how many of each item can be purchased at a time, so usually I will make multiple purchases at one time to get what I need. I check the ads weekly and go back each time there is a new deal available.
If there is no Walgreens, CVS or Save On by you, going to a big box store like Walmart or Target is another good bet. They have lowered their prices for back to school. I usually buy multiples of everything. I realize my kids will run out of it throughout the year. Buying more than is what on the school list ensures I won’t be purchasing it later at higher prices.
If you have a membership to a warehouse club, such as Sam’s Club or Costco, purchasing kleenex, baby wipes and paper towels there will save a huge amount of money and can be purchased in bulk. Younger children have these items on their school supplies list to be used in the classroom and buying them there ensures that you will have enough and the price will be much lower than buying at a regular store.
Lastly, I always check dollar stores as well. If going to a warehouse club is not possible of financially feasible, the dollar stores sell kleenex, paper towels and baby wipes for no more than a $1 a piece and many times they will have 3 for a $1 deals. Dollar stores are also great to get crayons, pencils, paper and notebooks from too. Usually dollar stores sell these items at 3 for a $1 as well.
I always buy more than is needed. This saves time and money. Also, when I see a good deal on erasers, protractors, rulers and other miscellaneous items that are not on the school supply list, I buy then anyway. I know that many times these items come up later in the school year. I have them on hand and there are no last minute trips to the store or my kids not having something they need.