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Back to School: Supplies price list for 2013 - Southern Savers

Summer may have just started, but guess what… back to school sales start this coming weekend!  So to help you get ready for the back to school sales here is a supplies price list with the average prices we saw last year on most key back to school items.  From year to year the great deals really don’t change that much in price, so look for most of these again for 2013.

I will have all the office supply store ads up on Saturday so you can prep for Sunday deals.  Remember that you can also price match many name brand (not store brand) deals at Walmart or Target.  This can many times be the better option as they have a larger supply.

Pencils, Erasers, Pens
No. 2 Pencils 8-10 pk. – 25¢ – 33¢
Mechanical Pencils 10 ct. – $1
Pink Erasers, 3pk. – 75¢
Pencil Top Erasers 30 ct. – 99¢
Pens 10 ct. – 10¢ – $1
Gel Pens, 2 pk. – 50¢

Arts & Crafts
Crayola Crayons, 24 ct. – 33¢
Crayola Markers, 8 ct. – 50¢
Roseart Markers, 10 ct., 52¢
Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 ct., 50¢ – 97¢
Watercolor Paints 10 ct. – $1

Highlighters & Sharpies
Sharpies 2 ct. – $1.50
BIC Highlighter, 5 pk. – $1.24
Sharpie Highlighter 4 ct. – $1.49
Sharpie Permanent Marker, 2 ct. – $1.50
Sharpie Permanent Marker, 8 ct. – $3.54

1 Subject – 17¢-49¢
3 Subject – $1.44
5 Subject – $1.88
Composition Books – 50¢ – 99¢
Mini Compostition Books – 20¢
Poly 1 Subject Notebook – 50¢

Pocket Folders – 39¢
Poly Folders – 39¢
File Folders – 25¢

1? Binder – 25¢ – 92¢
Zipper Binder – $9
Paper Clips, Pushpins or Binder Clips – 33¢ – $1

Filler Paper 100 Sheets – 99¢
Copy Paper 500 Sheets – $3 – $4
Writing Pad 80 Sheets – $2
Construction Paper 100 Sheets – $1.50-$2

Index Cards
3?x5? Lined Index Cards 70-100 pk. – 1¢ – $1

Adhesives & Staplers
Krazy Glue 1 ct. – $1.39
Glue Sticks, 3 ct. – 49¢ – 66¢
School Glue, 4 oz – 25¢ – 50¢
Scotch Invisible Tape, 3 pk. – $3
Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser – $1
Stapler – $4

Scissors, Rulers, & Other Equipment
Protractor – 50¢
Scissors 5? – 50¢ – 99¢
Ruler – 5¢-50¢
3 Hole Binder Punch – $1
Dry Erase Board w/ Marker – $1 – $3
Expo Dry Erase Marker 4 pk. – $2.74
Manual Pencil Sharpener – 25¢ – $1

    • natalie

      Are these the price points we need to be aiming for?

      • luci10

        Seems like it. I’ve seen regular priced 24 ct Crayola at 1.25. I look for the 4 packs at $1 sales.

      • Andrea

        If you read the post this is what it says:

        “here is a supplies price list with the average prices we saw last year on most key back to school items…”

    • Shanci

      Thanks for the list! This will really help when shopping!

    • Amanda Bowers

      My son’s school is asking specifically for Ticonderoga or Papermate pencils. Do you know a good price for 12 #2s? Thank you so much for this list!

      • justforthecoupons

        I did a buy one get one at staples last year for Ticonderoga 24 ct box… walmart had them, but would not do the bogo price match… I think both boxes were 5 dollars.

      • tori729

        I think you can get those for as little as 10 cents a pack.

      • mlw1ofakind

        Really? The back to school requirement lists get increasingly ridiculous. They should not be able to require a name brand. Last year my school sent home a letter because I didnt buy my child “fiskars” name brand scissors. They said they were trying to put all of the kids on equal footing to grade them!?!? I got her a good pair but they were not filskars.

        • Joy Stainbrook

          I agree! My son is going into second grade and the supply list is a mile long. One thing on there is they want 4 boxes of 24 count pencils! Really that is 96 pencils. Why the heck do they need that many pencils. That is like one pencil every 2 days.

          • january42003

            When my kids go to “meet the teacher”, they can bring their school supplies in then. None of the kids school supplies are supposed to have their name on it (other than backpack, lunchbox & pencil pouch).

            I saw the teacher throwing all the supplies (crayons, binders, etc) in similar stacks around the room. I have a feeling the students who come from low economic households are given the extra school supplies free, so you may be supplying needy students with those 96 pencils. (at least, that’s what I think may be going on with the large quantity requests)

            • mlw1ofakind

              I have witnessed this also. I have learned to only send what my kids need to get them through the first week. Last year when the teacher opened up my daughters binder, she took half of the paper out and put it in her desk. I told my daughter to ask for it back but the teacher told her it was for kids who needed it. I’m sorry for the economically challenged but I struggle to get my kids what they need, and make sacrafices to do so. I do not feel obligated to their classmates needs.

            • Michelle

              I totally agree. It really burns me up that I am supplying stuff for other kids. Our paychecks have gone down, down, down and we are barely surviving, but I make sure to get the supplies so that the teachers don’t have to buy it. However, I don’t want to supply it to other kids whose parents don’t.

            • Jen

              As a parent, I see where you are all coming from. As a teacher, I spent $2000 of my own last year. Some of that was on supplies that the children did not need. I love teaching and want to have what my class needs to have fun and learn at the same time. So just remember that the teachers put all of this on the list hoping to not have to buy what they need themselves. I often send letters home asking parents to send extra if they can afford it.

            • Jen

              I meant to say some that was on supplies that the children did not bring.

            • Unselfish and giving

              Seriously, you can get pencils for as low as 1cent — I am a single mom, 4 kids, no child support, college student family that lives on 13-14K a year, 80% of that pays for the roof over our heads. Yet I am able to not only supply for my own but for other students as well. I also pick up tons of supplies at Target for 90% off clearance time and at Valentines day I pick up 16 printed w/cars/princesses/ironman pencils for 30cents. Last year I got over 1K pencils to send in to my children’s classrooms. Random Acts of Kindness must be lost on selfish people.

            • New Teacher

              I am a NEW school teacher and some teachers might be doing what you are referring to, but not all of us. If I would have know that my paycheck after taxes would only be $1792 a month, I probably would have chose another profession. I LOVE teaching! You wouldn’t believe how many uninvolved parents there are. Every year, I buy AT LEAST 4 kids a pencil pouch, scissors, pack of markers, plastic folders, and a $5 backpack b/c they will use a Walmart bag if I don’t. However, all of our gluesticks and crayons go into a community supply. I also document who sends what so that I don’t have to ask parents to send in Kleenex if they already sent it. For some strange reason, there are parents that think “the SCHOOL will provide it.” The TEACHER is the only SCHOOL that provides it.This past year is the first year I was willing to let a child miss a field trip b/c their parent wouldn’t pay for it. SOME parents think they are entitled to school supplies and that we are a babysitter that their taxes pay for (usually these parents are unemployed). Our school gives us $200 a year to buy supplies, games, and teaching books. However, the school stopped giving us staplers, dry erase markers, dry erase cleaner, dry erasers, tape, staples, gradebooks, pens, paperclips, permanent markers, copy paper…yes copy paper, white out, & I’m sure I am forgetting a few things. The $200 must cover that also. I spend $50 on construction paper ALONE. I’m not trying to sound frustrated, because I do love my job. I just wish more parents knew exactly what teachers made and what the school does/does not give them. I constantly work w/ my parents. I give them the sales prices and stores. I have a short list if they can’t get everything. While I have a number of parents that are the way I have described, I also have had a number of parents that are very involved and go above and beyond of what is asked. These parents are always appreciated. If you are a parent that does your best or helps extra…it is always appreciated.

            • Ga teacher

              Thank you for voicing the frustration of the elementary teacher. I agree with you completely. I only get $150 per year and the rest including the decoration of the classroom, treats, behavioral incentives, and displays come out of pocket. Every item given to help the classroom helps the teacher to give her best everyday.

          • Angela Patrum Cooper

            because after the first month of school 50% of the kids will ask for a pencil every day. Your son will buy all their pencils and his too. It is the AMERICAN way.

      • january42003

        Yes, my daughter is going into 2nd gr. and their school supply list specifically asks for Ticonderoga. Well, you know what, the yellow #2 pencils that I got free or very cheap will be the ones I send. Specific brand, give me a break!

        (though I’m a high school teacher, I think these specific brand requests are ridiculous!)

        • Michelle

          I’m with you! My lists always asks for large glue sticks. Well, I buy small and send in 2 small for each large they ask for. The large ones NEVER go on sale, and the small ones are super cheap. Not going broke on this stuff. Especially when I know a lot of it goes to kids whose parents don’t send in this stuff.

          • Sheri

            I agree Michelle…half the stuff on the list is for other children which I don’t mind but if I am out there getting my kids things then I think everyone should at least help with little things.

    • Alecia Lance Rollins

      Last year Walmart sold individual glue sticks for $0.10.

    • Felicia

      Staples is great for getting school supplies especially when they have their deals for 1¢…. With 2 kids n 2 adults going to school I really look forward to stocking up…

    • Felicia

      Staples is great for getting school supplies especially when they have their deals for 1¢…. With 2 kids n 2 adults going to school I really look forward to stocking up…

    • April Stroud Roberts

      Thanks! I cannot WAIT to see printable and insert Qs show up. As a teacher, I buy SO MANY supplies for my students who often do not have transportation or funds to get what they need.

    • April Stroud Roberts

      Thanks! I cannot WAIT to see printable and insert Qs show up. As a teacher, I buy SO MANY supplies for my students who often do not have transportation or funds to get what they need.

    • Karen

      Is there a way to make this a PDF???

      • Yellow

        copy and paste to one note

    • Karen

      Is there a way to make this a PDF???

    • kathie

      where is a good place to buy index cards….lol would love to find a sale for under a dollar.

      • acnbds

        Dollar Tree

      • Carolyn

        Starting tomorrow, Staples has them for $.01 limit 2 with a $5 minimum purchase.

      • jay


    • CHaley

      If you can highlight just the text you want, then Ctrl-P, and specify “Selection” instead of Pages or All, then it prints just what you need.

    • April Dudley

      What stores are these prices from

    • Meredith Raber

      Is the Staples advertised Back to School Savings Pass worth the $10 ???

    • nymomnfla

      Thank you for the back to school price list. This will help me when shopping for donations for over 100 children and their family’s that are less fortunate and should have the school supplies that will aid in their education. All for a child and education!!!

    • Jennifer

      Anyone know where to buy 5 pocket folders? I have been searching far and wide for them and cannot find them anywhere. My daughter is just going to Kindergarten and they are requesting 4 of the 5 pocket folders in four different colors. Any help is appreciated.

      • luvlylady

        Target-Charlotte area had a variety of colors last year…the poly kind w/prongs…

        • Jennifer

          thanks so much I will check Target out

          • Juliet

            I have 3 kids and I never heard of 5 pocket folders….are you sure it doesn’t mean

            5 x pocket folders..that is what I have commonly found on my school supply list? I think maybe your supply list is written in a confusing manner!

            • Kelly

              Yeah I had no idea what a 5-pocket folder was. I just looked them up on amazon and have never seen one before in my life.

            • jay

              I just saw the Office Max ad today and on page 2 under the $2 slot, they are advertising 10 pocket organizers. I hope this helps.

      • jay

        Try Office Max. See their ad on page 2 under $2. They are advertising a 10 pocket organizer. I hope this helps

    • Brandy

      Where can I find this week’s school supply deals?

      • jay

        Staples, Target, Walmart, Office Depot, Office Max and Walgreens all have their ads online.