Whether your kids will be physically returning to school this semester or not, it's important to make sure they're prepared for the upcoming year of classes and assignments — even if that's at home. In fact, children who will be completing their schooling at home for the foreseeable future might need a better supply than those who will be headed back to class in person. After all, there's no classmates to borrow from at home.
Pencils, papers, highlighters, notebooks, folders, sticky notes... the list goes on and on, and it can become pretty expensive once you've started checking items off it — that is, unless you know where to look. Stay out of the stores and do your school shopping from home this year!
You can find many of the same deals online as you can in-store, though that's not always the case. Below we've compiled some of the best discounts available on school supplies to help save you some cash while you're stocking up for the new school year.
Best Back-to-School Tech Deals
Schools require TI-84 graphing calculators for a lot of reasons, not just functionality but also because they can't text other students. Even if your child is completing their schoolwork from home, this might be worth the purchase so you can keep their phone safe for them while they're working.
If all the functionality of the calculator above is unnecessary for your child, this model from Texas Instruments should suffice. It's still capable of performing scientific calculations though it's not as handy for graphing and has a smaller display.
This special 32-page letter-size notebook lets you scan its pages using the free Rocketbook app on your phone or tablet to digitize the notes and send them to the cloud. When you've got them saved, you can wipe the pages clean using the included cloth.
The best classrooms leave space for kids to learn on their own. The free year of Freetime Unlimited that comes with the Kids Edition of Amazon's Fire Tablet is perfect for letting your child explore age-appropriate educational books, games, shows, and more. They even come with a 2-year "no-questions-asked" warranty.
Canon's PIXMA TR4520 printer is one of the more affordable options on the market. This model works wirelessly so you can print from your phone, tablet, and more.
These Apple earbuds plug in using a 3.5mm headphone jack and are currently $5 off their full cost. There's also a model which can plug into a Lightning port that's a few dollars cheaper currently.
Choetech's 5-in-1 USB-C Hub is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port that supports 4K video, and an SD/microSD card reader.
Best Back-to-School Writing Utensil Deals
These new Crayola crayons are designed with shades perfectly suited for coloring people, eyes, and hair. They're available to be shipped to your home, but you may be able to select in-store pickup to receive them quicker.
Score a 24-pack of BIC mechanical pencils on sale at Amazon today for less than $4. These pencils are perfect for everyday use and come in several different colors. Plus, these X-tra Precision pencils help promote neat penmenship.
This pack of pre-sharpened Crayola colored pencils is now on sale for just $1 at Target, saving you nearly 50% off its usual cost. Remember to use your RedCard for an additional 5% off your order.
This box of BIC ballpoint pens includes 60 pens with blue ink. These Xtra Life pens are designed to write 90% longer than standard options. You can score these same pens with black ink for about the same price.
Pick up 12 of these iconic large pink erasers at Amazon for just $5. These smudge-resistant erasers are 100% latex-free and feature both sharp corners and flat edges to help erase details and larger areas.
Best Back-to-School Organization Deals
This classic-styled AmazonBasics backpack comes in a variety of colors and is suitable for kids ages 13 and older. Its main compartment is big enough to keep a laptop safe while other pockets help kids keep all their supplies organized.
Easthill's large pencil case is big enough to hold up to 50 pens or pencils all at once and has a few different pockets to help keep students organized for class. It comes in a few different colors too, though Green is the most affordable currently.
Keep your kid on track with this academic planner which runs through June 2021 and includes pages for both months and weeks with plenty of space to fill in all their homework assignments and upcoming events.
There are plenty of folders on sale at Target currently with options starting as low as just $0.15. Use your Redcard to save an extra 5% while you're at it!
Target is one of the best places to shop for notebooks with options starting as low as $0.25! You can find spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, wide-ruled notebooks, and more. Remember to use a RedCard during checkout.
This product by Redi-Tag combines two essential items into one. These long sticky notes also act as dividers so kids can keep track of different sections of the book they're reading and write down notes with plenty of room.
Learning to stay organized is a skill kids need to become familiar with early, and this 4-pack of binders can help seal the deal for just $11. These are pretty basic but an affordable way for kids to keep their notes separated for various subjects.
Save on a backpack at Target this week! You can save $10 on Trans by JanSport and Embark backpacks while supplies last.
Office Depot is taking up to 25% off select backpacks while supplies last, including picks from JanSport, Trailmaker, Case Logic, and more. Spend over $60 for free shipping or select free in-store pickup to skip the shipping cost.
Best Back-to-School Health Deals
Disney sells reusable cloth face masks in packs of four with fun designs on the front that kids will love to wear. Plus, they come in various sizes to fit children and adults snugly.
Walmart has even more affordable face masks available currently, including reusable cloth masks with kid-friendly designs and fun colors.
This affordable 2-pack comes with scent-free hand sanitizer which is infused with aloe vera gel and designed for moisturizing just as much as it is to protect from harmful germs and bacteria.
Fill up these bottles with hand sanitizer so you and your child can always keep some handy. This set comes with five empty bottles in purple, though a few other quanities in Blue are available as well.
This hand sanitizer gel by Xtreme Personal Care has a pump that makes it easy for kids to clean their hands on their own. It's also infused with aloe and Vitamin E for moisturizing.
Best Back-to-School Fashion Deals
Walmart has back to school fashion for kids of all ages on sale currently with prices starting as low as $10.
Though H&M doesn't have many discounts on back-to-school fashion currently, you'll still be able to shop here on a smaller budget thanks to how affordable the clothing is. H&M tends to be a bit more fashionable than other clothing in the same price range.
Best Back-to-School Tools + More Deals
Your child can work on their assignments anywhere with this portable lap desk. It can be used on the floor, in a chair, outdoors, and practically anywhere your kid wishes they had a desk. Though the black model is the most affordable, other colors are on sale for just a few dollars higher today.
Bostitch's personal electric pencil sharpener comes in four different colors and has an extra-large shavings tray so you don't have to worry about dumping its contents out too often. This model is best suited for children and personal use.
Good luck finding any glue sticks more affordable than this! Walmart has 2-packs on sale for only 24 cents right now! Shipping is free on orders totaling $35 or more, but in-store pickup is always free.
Target has a myriad of safer scissors in stock, including a number of which that are on sale with prices starting as low as $1.49. You'll score free 2-day shipping on orders over $35, or with a RedCard.
This 3-pack of Elmer's Glitter Glue comes with three fun colors and instructions on how to make rainbow slime! That makes this set perfect for school assignments as well as arts and crafts.
Study up with the official SAT study guide which includes eight real tests as well as an official answer and explanation guide. The lessons found in this book are a sure-fire way to improve your SAT score this year.
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