Best places to buy school supplies in town

Best places to buy school supplies in town

August 9, 2018 0 By Smartshopperdaphne

When it comes to shopping for school supplies, where you shop will make a huge difference on how much you have left over for everything else.

So how do you know where to go? Is online shopping cheaper? Is it really more convenient?

I compared shopping items from a typical school list at Staples, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon.

Take a look at the school supply list below and the price differences at each store.

Over and over again, it seemed Wal-Mart consistently had the lower prices. But don’t be fooled–after adding up the final cost at each store, Target came out on top charging $18.97 for our list of 12 school items.

Wal-Mart cost about a dollar more at $19.97.

Staples isn’t too far behind, charging $25.46 for the same 12 items.

Amazon shocked us all. The same list cost more than double the price at Target, totaling $43.24.

Keep in mind, for Amazon, we only looked at Prime and add-on items to avoid the shipping costs. Also, many of their items didn’t come in quantities of one so we simply did the math.If you’re shopping bulk, I think Amazon would have competed much better. But then you also have to consider big-box stores like Costco and Sam’s Club.

In the end, Target was cheaper and much easier to shop than our other stores.

No matter where you shop, make sure you’re thinking long-term. This means don’t buy for the semester, buy enough for the entire school year. Kids are known to lose pencils, ruin notebooks, and simply run out of supplies. So, stock up while retailers are having these huge Back to School sales. Some items will cost 3 times more if you buy it in September.

Size  STAPLES  TARGET  WALMART  AMAZON
Wite-Out Liquid .7 fl oz  $                 2.00  $                0.99  $                   0.97  $                2.00
Expo Dry Erase Markers 4-pack  $                 5.00  $                3.49  $                   4.47  $                3.49
Crayola Colored Pencils 12  $                 0.97  $                0.99  $                   0.97  $                3.79
Crayola Crayons 24  $                 0.50  $                0.50  $                   0.50  $                3.00
Crayola Eraseable Colored Pencils 12  $                 5.49  $                2.99  $                   2.97  $                4.76
3×5 Index Cards 100  $                 0.75  $                0.49  $                   0.48  $                2.89
Composition Notebook 100 pages  $                 0.50  $                0.50  $                   0.50  $                3.99
Wite-Out Correction Tape 2  $                 4.00  $                2.99  $                   2.97  $                3.34
Crayola Washable Crayons 24  $                 2.00  $                2.49  $                   2.47  $                6.44
Crayola Washable Markers 10  $                 3.00  $                2.79  $                   2.77  $                4.00
1 Subject Notebook 70 pages  $                 0.25  $                0.25  $                   0.25  $                2.47
Elmers Washable Glue 4 fl oz  $                 1.00  $                0.50  $                   0.50  $                3.07
TOTAL  $   25.46  $  18.97  $    19.82  $  43.24

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