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save money on school supplies with this free printable – printable checklist and school supplies

Know the best back to school deals when you see them!

Scoring a killer deal on back-to-school supplies becomes more challenging every year. It’s not 2008 anymore, so you won’t see shoppers rolling out of the stores with cartloads of free (or almost free) school supplies! Remember the bins full of 1-cent school supplies at Staples? We do, and it was good while it lasted!

Saving money on Back to School supplies is still totally doable, though. These days, the trick is to start early AND familiarize yourself with all the best prices! We’ve got you covered with this FREE printable list of the best stock up prices you’ll see on school supplies this season.

save money on school supplies with this free printable – Dozens of great prices!

Tips for your stock up shopping list:

  • Simply click here, or on the image above.
  • You can also download our list to your phone so you’ll always have these stock-up prices at your fingertips when doing your back-to-school shopping.
  • If you’d prefer to have a hard copy, you can print this list and place it in your coupon binder for easy in-store reference!
  • Check out this printer-friendly view for a version with fewer graphics.

save money on school supplies with this free printable – Crayola Crayons

Our free School Supply Price Points Printable shows a range of prices for each item. If you’re looking for crayons, for example, 50¢ is a good price for a 24-count box of Crayola crayons. But after watching the sales cycles year after year, we know you can do better! This year, you’re likely to see them for 25¢ or less. Watch for that to happen, and when it does – STOCK UP!

Hip Tip: Note that several of the items on the list have the lowest price listed as FREE. To get freebies, you may need to make a minimum purchase, sign up for a rewards program, or submit for a rebate. Also, note that these items may only be free once or twice per year, so keep your eyes open!

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Comments 63

  1. Lauren

    Y’all are the best. Your posts are so informative and well thought out. Great work! Thanks for all you do!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO very welcome, Lauren! Thanks a ton for the sweet feedback! 🥰 We sure appreciate it!

  2. Jo28p

    I went to target last night and they had a few items on display already. I saw the giant Elmer’s glue stick singles (normally $1.99) for .17. I knew it was too good to be true, so I took a picture and when I checked out, they rang up $1.99. They price over-rid it with no problems. I just got lucky! Honestly, we bought most of this year’s school supplies on clearance last year. I went ahead and picked up a few things since we didn’t need much. I just want to be done. I have a small list I’m holding out on though!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh good! Glad they could help you grab that price at checkout! Thanks for sharing your score with us!

  3. 4sproles

    This is wonderful! Thank you so much! My kids go back to school in 3 weeks, so we’ll be shopping soon!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! Happy shopping!

  4. Danette

    This is so helpful bc I’m always wondering if I should wait for something to go cheaper!

  5. babymair

    Thx guys.This is perfect for me .Sometimes I’m out,I’ll see a deal ,and dont have time to look and check hip2save . You always seem to make my life a little easier. Keep up the good work and God bless.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome, babymair! SO glad this is helpful! Thanks for the kind words! We sure appreciate YOU!

  6. CJ

    I haven’t seen the 24 count boxes of Crayola crayons for .25 since Toys’R’Us used to have them at least 3 years ago now. I’ve seen store brand for .25 but not Crayola – at least here in western NY state.

    • Jess

      I second that and I’m in TX. It’s been 50cents the lowest for Crayola.

      • MomOf4

        Same here in NC.

  7. Denise

    I don’t know if any other parent has experienced this issue before or not. But aside from the normal papers, notebooks and pencils by the time my son reaches high school I started ignoring some requests. One year I was told he needed a calculator that was priced close to 100 bucks. When he got to school I found out it was optional. I purchase all essentials but if something is priced at near 100 bucks I wait now. Anyone else experience anything like that? Made me kind of mad

    • Gisette

      Yeah, our sons high school did the same thing about the calculator. Come to find out, after I bought the calculator,the students could rent them from the school.

      • T

        Agreed and half the notebooks they ask for they only use 10 pages and never use the rest 🙄

      • Denise

        Wow that would hv been nice to know!! maybe others will learn not to make the mistake we made. I love this site!

        • Ihearthip

          I’ve stopped buying the pre-pack school supply boxes that our kids’ school pushes as a fundraiser. It’s very convenient, but the quality of things like pencil cases is very cheap, and yes, I worry about changes that pop up with calculators, recorders, headphones, etc. It’s better to wait till that time comes around and see what specifics the teacher tells us. (The boxes range $75-$100!)

  8. Jennifer

    I have started not buying as many things as are on the list. For instance, I only buy one box of Ticonderoga pencils instead of 5!!!!. If they need more later my child can tell me or they can send me a note.

    • Ihearthip

      In my experience the kids are telling me by the third week they need more pencils! I’m like where are all the pencils I sent?! ha ha I time counting out boxes and boxes to send to school, trying to be certain I got everyone’s numbers right. Do the teachers hold some back? It’s a mystery.

      • Suz in OH

        Pencils get dropped and forgotten about. As a HS teacher, I always asked the custodian to let me pick up ones when they swept my room or nearby. I washed them and then put them back into circulation. Never did decide if they were accidentally dropped or students thought if they had no pencil, then no work! Not a chance in my classroom, lol!

      • chester5

        A 3rd grade teacher in my school counted how many pencils she went through in a month. 500. 500 pencils that she paid for out of her own pocket. Please don’t think the teachers hold them back – in my building they do not.

        • Kitkat

          I think kids these days have an overabundance of everything and have no “repercussions” when they lose/break/damage stuff. I think it might help if they are taught to take care of their belongings. It’s a losing battle at times with my own kids :(.

          • Jennifer

            It seems to be a “one time use” generation. 🙁

    • AmyA

      This is exactly what I do. Last year my son “needed” 20 glue sticks. I sent in all 20 and I have no idea if they were ever used. This year he is getting what he needs to get started and I’m keeping the rest of his supplies at home. I told him to tell me whEn he is running low on something-do not ask the teacher for anything!

      • Suz in OH

        Elementary teacher friends tell me yes, they get used. Even with teaching about putting the cap back on right, they apparently use alot of glue sticks! But do know that, often what you send in becomes community property, available to all kids in the class.

      • Kiersten Jones

        At our school you dont just bring your kids crayons or your kids glue. On the first day of school the kids separate their supplies and give them to the teacher. Then each kid takes one box of crayons, glue, ect. We are asked to buy extra because not every kid is going to have school supplies. I don’t mind buying more than my son needs because I would rather pay a little more and have all the kids feel like equals than one of his classmates feeling left out for something out of their control. Also, especially for little kids, you have to imagine how hard they are on their art supplies. I’ve seen my boys stick scissor or crayons into stick glue so it makes since to me why they might ask for 20.

        • Jennifer

          Admittedly, I have become frustrated with sending all the stuff then then it becomes class/community property. I send the Ticonderoga, crayola crayons, etc. and then my daughter comes home with somebody else’s lesser quality stuff. It must be tough on the teachers to try make sure everyone gets what they need while keeping children’s feelings in mind.

        • Marche

          As a teacher I appreciate parents like you. It’s hard to explain that no, all students do not have, but yes, all students still need. Many times I have gone in my pocket to buy what is needed. When parents send the five I ask for instead of the 1 they think I need it’s so helpful. In addition I would argue that at least 80% of my students lose SOMETHING each day, when we do community supplies it’s helpful for everyone.

      • melissastone

        At least you guys get to buy the school supplies at a reduced price my kids public school just sends the parents a bill at the beginning of the school year based on grade with 3 kids it’s over $400 depending on what they’re charging that year….. And one of their “costs” they factor in is $5000 as a gift to the school and $2000 for assemblies 🙄

  9. Becky

    My daughter-in-law will be a first year teacher this fall. Her school’s PTO has fundraisers and purchase school supplies for all K-8 students. The only thing students gave to buy is a backpack and s trapper keep for 6-8 grades. Isn’t that amazing?!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s awesome! I’ve never seen anything like that, Becky!

  10. J-Woo 113

    Thanks guys! My little guy will be starting kindergarten in August. He’s our one and done guy. I know each school is different but I’m just curious what other parents get for their toddlers starting kindergarten? What do teachers usually ask for for their school supplies? Just trying to take advantage of the sales is all and I’m sure I won’t get a list until the day before at the meet and greet. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Want to make sure I get what they may ask for and will be getting extras as each year I gather supplies and donate on my local pay to forward fb page to about 5-7 families to help out other families 😊

    • Alyssa

      Here are some basics you can’t go wrong with: pencils, box of Crayola crayons (24 pk), box of basic Crayola markers, dry erase markers, pink eraser, a couple of composition and/or regular notebooks, glue sticks and/or liquid glue, some scissors, and some poly folders (I’d get 4 in different colors). Our school also requests one can of play doh.

      • Karri

        Alyssa, go to your sons school website and look for the school supply list on there. Here is South Dakota the stores have the school lists for the local schools by the school supplies.

    • Ihearthip

      Make sure to grab some boxes of Kleenex, reams of copy paper, Gallon and Quart size ziploc boxes, Washable 10 count Crayola Markers, some packs of the Jumbo Crayola Crayons and that is a good start. You’ll still need more stuff but they will have specifics like a mat, scissors, journals, etc. Best of luck! What a special time 🙂

    • AmyA

      I think my kindergartener only needed glue sticks, crayons, scissors and a pencil pouch (maybe some dry erase makers for the white board). The school provided the pencils. Every year we are asked to bring in tissues and Clorox wipes.

    • Jess

      The school might have a school supply list on the website. Just print it and go shop the sales. But basics are always 4 boxes of crayons, pencils, erasers, washable markers, play doh, kleenex, ziplock bags, and those notebooks.

    • 5pink1blue

      My daughter just finished KDG. Washable markers (thick&thin), twistable crayons, glue sticks (12), baby wipes, Clorox wipes, reams of copy paper, a notebook, folders were on her supply list.

    • Juma

      Some stores in my area (Walmart/Target/Staples) will have printed lists from the different schools in our county in a display box by the school supplies.

    • Traci

      Most schools will have published a school supply list by now. I know that ours is already on the school website. Helps when you are looking at sale prices to have the list to shop from.

      • J-Woo 113

        Thank you everyone!

  11. C

    We are so lucky to have a local company that packs everything up and ships it straight to the school. Wound up being cheaper than driving all over the place looking for supplies!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes, that saves time and gas, C!

  12. Haley

    We don’t get school supply lists, and thus far my kid has been provided a backpack each year ( we didn’t know so we had bought one already), but I enjoy stocking up on things like crayons and notebooks and glue sticks for use in my own home or to send to the school. Thanks for all your hard work!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome, Haley!

  13. Erica

    I’m pretty sure the teachers ask for extra because some students won’t have any

    • Nikki

      As a teacher for over ten years, I have never experienced teachers asking for extras just because some kids won’t have the needed supplies. Instead, most teachers go to the store and purchase a cart load of supplies with their own money for those kiddos. Many kids are irresponsible with their supplies, and even when they’re not, it just takes a lot to do work requiring office supplies all day. Also, supply quality has gone downhill. Those cheapie glue sticks are very small (screw one up and look!), so it’s not uncommon for a kindergartener to need 20 of them. Junky pencils are sometimes impossible to sharpen…the sharpener can eat the whole thing just trying to get it sharpened once!

  14. Tina T Dreis

    Are these prices/deals at staples? Rhanks

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      There are some Staples deals here, Tina T. Dreis!

  15. Jes

    Thankfully our school is supplying everything this year for all kids K-12 across the entire district. The only thing we are required to do is a lunch box if we choose to send lunch instead of purchase.

  16. Marie

    Thank you for this wonderful post! How do I go about getting printer paper and photo paper for this low?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      We watch the deals and post them for you! Stay tunes, Marie!

  17. OCbutterfly99

    Hi there, not sure if it’s just me, but I downloaded and it would not print right. To big. Then I tried again and no luck. The way I had to do it, clicks on the image and then save and print. The downloadable one would not work for me at all. Thank you. I did get it to work finally and I love it. Thank you Hip2save!!! You guys are amazing!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      There are 2 ways to print if it’s too big. You may have an option that you check to “shrink oversized pages.” If you don’t see that, when it’s sent to your printer you may have to click settings and “fit to page.” I had to do it the second way, OCbutterfly99! So glad you did get it!

  18. Lolie

    Awesome! Thank you! I always use your list.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are welcome, Lolie!

  19. Jenny

    What store is this and when does the sale start?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Jenny! This is a list of the best previous prices found for each item listed. They may be found from different sales and different stores. Be sure to use this as a guide when shopping for school supplies! Hope that helps!

  20. lj in so cal

    I just got back from Super Walmart in Palmdale. Notebooks $ .25 folders $ .15 comp. notebooks $ .50
    You have to watch the prices and barcodes because items might be in the wrong place. Most of the shelf space was already filled with more waiting to be put out. The regular Walmart closer to my house wasn’t rushing to get things out!

    Happy shopping!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, we will keep an eye out for those!

  21. Mac

    While this list may be helpful I think there needs to be a price adjustment on some of these that have not had these prices for a year or 2. I have been watching for deals and some of these are not coming around anymore.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the suggestion, Mac! I’m going to pass this along to the team!

  22. K

    Our kids start school 2 weeks after the other schools in our area. Will school supply prices drop after public schools start? If not when do they drop?

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