Save money on school supplies now

If you live in the United States, now might be the best time to save money on the school supplies needed by students in most areas of the country. With school supplies on sale now at great prices in many local stores, those who are responsible for buying what is needed should be aware this is the time to save money. Some areas also have free supplies for students for a limited time.

Parents who need to save money on school supplies might want to check with local retailers today to see what is on special. Also, some parents might be eligible for free school supplies. Checking with schools where you live will help you learn if free supplies are available for your family. 

Families needing to save money on school supplies won’t be too surprised to hear that several volunteer organizations have collected what children need when returning to school. These groups often make items available at a discount for those interested in saving money. Some donate the items to schools to distribute to children needing supplies without cost to the family.

While there was a time when schools supplied what students needed, in an effort to help schools save money over the years, this has been pushed to the parents. Many teachers also pay for school supplies from their own funds and appreciate any extra supplies parents might want to offer.

When it comes to getting free school supplies, some volunteers also have backpacks for students filled with what is needed by the child. Schools make lists available of the items that are needed for each grade level. Parents can visit school sites online to learn more about what they will need to supply and how to contact those offering free items.. Also, some retailers have lists for parents who are shopping in their stores. 

Some retailers, such as Walmart and Target, help parents save money on school supplies by offering these items at a serious discount at certain times of the year. Just a week or so before school starts, parents will see advertisements about notebooks and paper that is required by students for 50% or more off the regular prices. 

Those who are near stores such as the Dollar Tree or a Family Dollar store, might save money on all the school supplies needed for students by paying just a dollar each per item and sometimes less! The books pictured in this photo will help those who need school supplies for teaching children at home or as additional work books for young ones and were purchased on sale. 


  1. Andria Perry

    Since most schools have already began here in Alabama, the sale prices are even better! Some 50% off the already cheap prices.

    I stumbled this article.

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      You are right! The expense of having children in school can be an issue for many parents.

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      School supplies are expensive in some areas. It has to be a struggle for some parents.

  2. Sharon Epperson

    We have a local group that takes donations and they supply most of the K-6 school supplies. I only had to buy my youngest a few things and then all for my older 2. They charge enrollment fees in our state (or at least this part of the state), those are expensive and hard to pay. But, the school my boys attend does a scale: if they get free lunches we pay nothing. If they get reduced lunches we pay reduced enrollment. Lastly if they have to pay full price that is what they pay for the enrollment. It helps a lot!

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      Here the public schools are supported in part by the taxes paid on real estate. There are no enrollment fees (and it seems obscene to have to pay this in any part of the USA) here. It is nice that they at least do a scale where you are.

  3. Gil Camporazo

    In our country the Philippines, the schools have their own budget for the school supplies of their students. The local government units have also allocated a budget for the needs of the pupils, not only the notebooks, pad papers, pencils, but also the school bags.

    1. Pat Z Anthony Post author

      Once upon a time, it was that way here too. As the residents all pay taxes that are to support the school, most would like things to go back to the way it was years ago.

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