Best school supplies finds for $1 or less

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In preparation for back to school, many stores offer deep discounts on school supplies.

We hit the pavement with a school supply list to see just what we could find for a dollar or less!

Office Depot is a great place to start because each week during back to school season, they roll out a new list of penny deals. These are items that you can score for just $0.01 each! The only catch is that you must spend at least $5 in the store.

View the Office Depot weekly ad

Now through Sunday, you can snag packs of notebook filler paper and two-pocket folders for just a penny each! Some of the other great buys are Bic mechanical pencils, a pack of four glue sticks, and scissors for just $0.50 each.

Our next stop was Staples.

View the Staples weekly ad here

While most stores price match, Staples is offering an extra 10 percent of the difference, making theirs a 110 percent price match guarantee! Be sure to come armed with the circulars from other stores to show proof at the register.

Read more about the Staples 110 percent program here

Staples is also offering customers a special coupon to save $5 off your next purchase of $25 or more. Just text OFFERS to 555444 and you'll receive the coupon to show your cashier in the store.

This week, you can pick up erasers, pencil sharpeners, glue, and one subject notebooks for just a quarter. Index cards, number two pencils, and Crayola markers all come in at under $1 during the sale.

Walmart is known for its everyday low prices, but they have rolled back the prices even further for some back to school items.

View the Walmart weekly ad here

They had the best deal on one subject notebooks at just $0.17 each. They are also the only place where we spotted a deal on dividers at just $0.97 for a pack that would normally cost over $3.

This week at Target, all school supplies are BOGO half off! If you have more expensive items to purchase, you may want to check here first.

View the Target weekly ad here


We've gone through the circulars and give you a breakdown below of the best deals:

Office Depot weekly ad

Office Depot price match policy

Office Depot will match the price on a new identical item sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand name.

  • Notebook filler paper - $0.01
  • 2-pocket folder - $0.01
  • 6 pack of Bic mechanical pencils - $0.50
  • 4-pack of Scholastic glue sticks - $0.50
  • Office Depot scissors - $0.50
  • Fiskars scissors - $1
  • Scholastic glue - $1
  • Composition notebook - $1 (Found at Walmart for $0.50)
  • 100 pack of 3"x5" index cards - $1 (Found similar at Staples for $0.48)
  • Plastic pencil pouch - $1
  • Mini stapler - $1
  • 3 pack of erasers - $1 (Found similar at Staples for $0.25)

Staples weekly ad

Text OFFERS to 555444 to get $5 off your next purchase of $25 or more

Staples price match 110 percent program

Staples promises to beat their competitors prices during back to school shopping time. Find a lower price and show them proof and they'll match the price plus we will discount it by 10 percent of the difference.

  • 2-pocket folder - $0.15 (Found similar at Office Depot for $0.01 )
  • 1 subject notebook - $0.25 (Found similar at Walmart for $0.17)
  • 3 pack of pink erasers - $0.25
  • Pencil sharpener $0.25
  • Staples glue - $0.25
  • 100 pack of 3"x5" index cards - $0.48
  • 24 pack of Crayola crayons - $0.50
  • 12 pack of #2 pencils - $0.68
  • 10 pack of Crayola markers - $0.97
  • Protractor - $1
  • Compass - $1
  • 3 hole punch - $1
  • Pencil box - $1
  • 5 pack of Bic mechanical pencils - $1 (Found 6 pack at Office Depot for $0.50)
  • 10 pack of Bic ballpoint pens - $1

Walmart weekly ad

Walmart's ad match guarantee

If you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, show Walmart and they'll match it at the register. There are some guidelines that they follow that you can find online.

  • 1 subject notebook - $0.17
  • Composition notebook - $0.50
  • 2 pack of Elmer's glue sticks - $0.50
  • Elmer's glue - $0.50
  • 24 pack of Crayola crayons - $0.50
  • 12 pack of Crayola colored pencils - $0.97
  • 10 pack of Crayola markers - $0.97
  • 5 tab dividers - $0.97