Where to shop for affordable back to school supplies

Before becoming a parent, you probably heard about the skyrocketing cost of raising a child, but there's also the surprising sums dropped on back-to-school shopping.

Luckily, when it comes to outfitting your student with everything he or she may need, it is possible to save money if you know where to look. With that in mind, we've found nine places to shop for affordable school supplies. (And if you need more help, we also wrote about bargain backpacks and first-day worthy outfits!)

1. Amazon

If we're talking deals, of course, Amazon is going to make the list. The online retail giant sells everything, including school supplies. Be sure to bookmark their dedicated Back-to-School deal page to keep an eye on newly added items.

30 pack of Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, $8, Amazon


Uni-ball Retractable Colored Gel Pens, $7, Amazon


2. Michaels

When it comes to saving money, coupons are a big help and Michaels offers some of the best out there. Find out what coupons are being offered in your area by plugging in your zip code here, and don't be surprised if you find upwards of 50 percent off single items. Plus, you can use more than one coupon/promo code for a single transaction, so start shopping.

Super Important Planner Book by Recollection, $2, Michaels


Faber-Castell® Brilliant Beeswax Crayon set, $3, Michaels


3. Oriental Trading Company

Buy in bulk! Sites like Oriental Trading Company are a great place to stock up on the fun and useful items you're going to need now and in the future. Since you'll use these items eventually, buying them up front can save you some serious money. As an added bonus, the options available are much more fun than the average school item.

Mustache Pencil, $3, Oriental Trading Company

Oriental Trading Company

Big Mistakes Erasers, $6, Oriental Trading Company

Oriental Trading Company

4. Jet

Like its main competition, Amazon, and parent company Walmart, Jet pretty much sells everything, including school supplies. And right now they have supplies at great prices. Plus, if you use the code SAVE15 you'll get 15 percent off your first three orders on the site.

Crayola 68-4012 Colored Pencils, 12-Count, $1 when you buy four or more, Jet


Acme United 10425 Wood Yardstick, $2, Jet


5. CVS

The CVS school and office supply section has some pretty great deals — so great that you can get everything you need and still have enough left over to buy some lotion to soothe the rough skin on your spending hands. Your best bet is to look for deals in your local store since there are likely a lot more items there than are available online. Save 25 percent off select regularly priced items with the code SAVE25.

Caliber Jumbo Highlighters Assorted Colors, $2, CVS


Caliber Poly Binder Index Dividers 5 Tabs, $1, CVS


6. eBay

eBay isn't just the place to bid on your dream shoes, the site also has a huge selection of school supplies. You can find some amazing deals, whether they're auctions or "Buy It Now" sales. eBay has something for everyone.

Back to school bundle, $36, eBay - Evo Trading


Three-pack of Scotch tape, starting at $1, eBay - riogea0


7. Discount School Supply

Looking for discount school supplies? The obvious might be your best bet. According to their 110 percent guarantee, if you find the same product for cheaper somewhere else, they'll match the price and refund you 10 percent of the difference. Use code 25CLASS17 through Aug. 13 to take 25 percent off classroom favorites.

12 Colorations No. 2 pencils, $2, Discount School Supply

Discount School Supply

School Glue, $1, Discount School Supply

Discount School Supply

8. Groupon

That's right, the place you go to get a deal on one of those wine and painting classes is also a great source for discounted school supplies.

Backpack pre-filled with an 18-piece school supply kit, $28, Groupon


Five-piece math set, $8, Groupon


9. Sam's Club

A Sam's Club membership will save you a lot of money year-round, but it's especially true during back-to-school season.

Mead Spiral Bound Notebook, $1, Sam's Club

Sam's Club

Texas Instruments TI-30XA Scientific Calculator, 10-Digit LCD, $10, Sam's Club

Sam's Club

This article was originally published on Aug. 10, 2017 on