Extreme Couponing Tip: Donate Extra School Supplies to Classrooms

With back-to-school sales in full swing, now is the time to score paper, pens, erasers, and glue on the cheap! When you can pick up items for a dime, a penny, or even free, take advantage of these great buys to stock your home office and help those in need.

Classrooms are always in need of a little extra help, especially when budget cuts come into play and teachers are left with the burden of buying many of the supplies. Your donated, extra items are welcome all year long, and you’ll be glad to know you’re doing your part to help education in your local community.

Here are some of the most requested donation items:

Tissue Boxes: Especially when winter comes around and each classroom seems to go through one of these a day! Always compare the price per tissue of the single boxes and the bundle packs to make sure you’re getting the best deal overall.

Pencil Cap Erasers/Rectangular Erasers: Another great item when, three months in, pencil erasers are worn all the way down.

Filler/Copy Paper: Now is the time to get paper at the office supply store for $1.00 or under utilizing their rebate and reward programs.

Glue Sticks, Liquid Glue: These are a big one for grade school art projects. Ask the school or teachers which would be most helpful to them.

Pens/Pencils: Any home, office, or school room can’t have enough of these! Look for packs that are cheap or free with rebates or rewards, or match coupons with hot sales.

Markers, Colored Pencils, and Crayons: Markers get dried out, colored pencils get sharpened to stubs, and crayons break, so it’s always helpful to have backups!

Disinfecting Wipes/Hand Sanitizer: Another great item to have on hand during cold and flu season! Help keep germs in the classroom at bay by donating extras you get from pairing coupons with low sale prices.

If you don’t have time to drop by a school, keep a lookout for school supply donation boxes at stores, libraries, and churches and make a difference in your community!

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10 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Donate Extra School Supplies to Classrooms”

  1. Strawberry_nd says:

    Rite now Staples has a cardboard drop box in front of the store to donate school supplies to your local needy students. It has the Disney “Shake it Up” star Bella Thorne on it. Staples for students. I have been going in multiple times a week and donating atleast half of my 1 cent items. You can also donate a dollar at the register to this program. :)

  2. Tari1967 says:

    That is so appreciated. As a teacher, I purchase $100′s of dollars in supplies each year from my own pocket.

    • Alexiselora says:

      We donated a box of school supplies to a special needs teacher, on a day she was not in school and the next day I got a text from her she had 7 notes on the box “if you don’t need xyz room 3 could use it.” There are 6 class rooms in the school. MOMS AND DADS WE NEED TO HELP OUR TEACHERS!!!!!

  3. katie77 says:

    I teach high school math. . .another great donation to your local high school is batteries for the graphing calculators.  Most take AAA, but if you check, I’m sure they would be happy to tell you which ones.  

  4. Beth says:

    Quesion – A few weeks ago, I purchased 2 reams of paper at Staples and used the easy rebate – I think I ended up paying like $0.25 for each ream. So now that paper is still on sale at Staples, but for a different price, can I purchase it again using the easy rebate – since it is for a different overall rebate price? Or is it a max of 2 easy rebates per product??

    • Anonymous says:

      I believe it is separate when it is a different price, but I would call the rebate help line just in case: 1-877-266-6483. 

  5. Michelle says:

    I have been purchasing items at walmart with overage regardless if I need or use the product and getting free school supplies that will be given to a local school for those unable to afford them..So not only am I getting the free school supplies and donating I am also donating the items I dont use that gives me the overage.

  6. april says:

    We collect extra school supplies freebies to use in our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in the winter.