Extreme Couponing Tip: Know Back-to-School Stock Up Prices

Back-to-school is in full swing mid-July to early September, so know when to wait and when to stock up by using this list as your guide. Remember, you can buy extras of the Krazy deals and donate them to local classrooms!

$0.10 or under

  • Pencil cap erasers
  • 2 pocket portfolios
  • Rulers

$0.25 and under

  • Tape, clear regular
  • Composition notebooks
  • Pens, pencils, 8 pk+
  • Crayons, 24 pk
  • Pencil sharpener, manual
  • Compass tool
  • Index cards, 3×5
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Spiral notebook, 1 subject
  • Glue, liquid school 4 oz
  • Glue, stick 2 pk+

$0.50 and under

  • White correction liquid
  • Permanent markers, 2 pk
  • Divider tabs, 5 ct+
  • Dry erase markers, 2 pk+
  • Highlighters, 2 pk+
  • Scissors, kid size
  • Zippered pencil pouch
  • Filler notebook paper, 150 sheet+
  • Sticky note pad

$1.00 and under 

  • Markers, 10 pk
  • Colored pencils, 12 pk
  • Scissors, full size
  • Binder, 1 inch
  • Mini stapler
  • Copy/printer paper, ream (after rebate)

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24 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Know Back-to-School Stock Up Prices”

  1. Mmnburr says:

    What is a good stock up price for construction paper?

  2. Ewood82 says:

    What about large rectangular erasers ?  What’s a good price for those?

    • Anonymous says:

      A regular Back-to-School sale price for a 2 pack of pink erasers is usually $0.50, but a stock up price would be $0.25 for 2.
      And I added the erasers to the list– thanks, Ewood82! :) 

  3. Kristensteele53 says:

    I would love know where to find copy paper for $1.00 or under!! I don’t have a staples or office max, only an office depot and they ain’t got prices like that

    • Anonymous says:

      Almost all office supply stores will run promotions for paper $1.00 or under after their rewards or rebate programs (Office Depot has Rewards Certificates), so keep an eye out for deals in their weekly circulars. 
      Office Depot also has Worklife Rewards where you can get 10% back in rewards on ink, toner, paper, and Copy & Print Depot services that is free to join. 
      If you don’t have a store that does rebates or rewards, look for paper $2.99 or less per ream (500 sheets). Also keep a lookout for printable copy paper coupons, like this $1/1 ColorLok printer paper available now: http://enlnks.com/aff_c?offer_id=118&aff_id=473

  4. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know how to keep glue sticks from going bad? I buy them for my Sunday School class and even though the kids are great about putting the caps back on, they disintegrate very fast and most get thrown out after only a few uses, long before they are used up.

    • KShaw says:

       I usually store mine in air tight ziplock baggies because glue sticks well tend to leak the air through the bottom. In the Sunday school class I ran I used a medium sized lock seal plastic container it made clean up easy and also helped keep unwanted air out. Though the ziplocks (if you take the extra air out of the bag) let less air get to them. Good luck

  5. Tracy K. says:

    Last year after the school craze was over, Safeway had stuff clearancing at these prices. 

  6. Anonymous says:

    Another great informative post from KCL! Thanks ladies :) I suggest we all keep a copy in our binders so we can refer to it while shopping and coming across unexpected deals!

  7. Kirby Cyndi says:

    Awesome!  Thanks for the info!!

  8. ActivityHero says:

    Thank you for posting this!

  9. Jmichali says:

    For those of you with middle school kids.  Stock up on one extra set of supplies for second semester.  Learned that one the hard way.

    • i am stocking up for the next couple of years (my son is going into kindergarten this year) i can only imagine that with the cost of living going up every year, that the prices really wont be getting any cheaper….

      • Anonymous says:

        keep in mind that some items will dry out, so put them in something airtight just incase.
        nothing worse than going to open that super cheap glue stick or marker and finding out you’ll have to go buy a new one full price!

    • ginger says:

      i am going to stock up for my little girl birthday goodie bag for next year (may).  I’m thinking of crayons, pencils, pens, erasers, rulers… less than a dollar a bag is my target. :)

  10. Picturemom09 says:

    where is all this stuff at for these prices…i dont understand how u find all this stuff so cheap

    • i know that cvs has the folders for 10 cents right now.. toys rus has the crayons for 25 cents..  i bought everything at walmart, but i have the reciept so that way if i find a better deal, i jus return them,,,  :)

    • Anonymous says:

      This is just a guide telling you when it’s a good idea to stock up. Back to school sales will run through September so we’ll be seeing lots of different sales cycle through. You can use this list as a reference on whether something is a good deal or not.

    • At the beginning of the school years all the stores have their prices really low in order to compete with one another. That is when you can find prices like these. Your stores may not have started it yet but give it another week or so and you can find them at these prices. Also don’t forget about Office Depot and Staples they do prices like these as well. Good luck on your shopping

    • Starting last wk. thru at least the beginning of Sept., Staples usually has some fantastic Extreme Deals. This wk. WalMart has some stock up prices on 1-sub. Notebooks $.17 ea. and 2-pocket folders $.15 ea. Target has 4 oz. bottles of glue and 2 pk glue sticks on sale this wk. for $.25 ea. You really have to scrutinize all the ads to pick out the best deals.

  11. Brandy says:

    Elmer’s Glue Stick is $.10  this week at Walmart, and I got spiral notebooks for $.01 last year!