This month at KCL, we’re making back-to-school easy by telling you the best deals each week. Most of the hot deals can be found at office supply stores, drugstores, and supercenters like Target and Walmart. If you shop around and make multiple trips, you can pay pennies on the dollar for everything on your back-to-school list.

16 Proven Ways for Shopping Back-to-School on a Budget

If you’re thinking weekly trips to Staples and OfficeMax sounds like torture, we’ve compiled what might just be your next best option. We shopped every back-to-school deal at Costco and separated the winners from the losers. Below you’ll find a list of back-to-school items that are actually cheaper at Costco than at Walmart. For items not on this list, we highly recommend following our back-to-school deals and, in addition to Costco, shopping at one other retailer such as Staples, Walgreens, or Target.
 

1. Ticonderoga pencils are $0.10 per pencil.

Finding sales and coupons for this brand is rare. Get a 96-count pack of Ticonderoga pencils for $9.49, making each pencil only $0.10 each.

Compare to Walmart’s in-store price of $0.19/pencil.

 

2. Pentel mechanical pencils are $1.50 per pencil.

It’s always nice to have extra pencils lying around. Costco is currently selling 6-packs of Pentel Twist-Erase mechanical pencils for $8.99. That’s just $1.50 per pencil and 43% cheaper than Walmart.

Compare to Walmart’s in-store price of $2.57/pencil.

 

3. Pacon construction paper is $0.01 per sheet.

While this item is rarely on any school supply list, I find we’re always needing construction paper for make-at-home school projects. Stock up now! Costco has 684 sheets of Pacon construction paper for $9.99, or just $0.01 per sheet.

Compare to Walmart’s in-store price of $0.02/sheet of paper.

4. 3-Ring binders are as low as $1.33 per binder.

A must-have for all ages! Costco has 6-packs of 3-ring binders on sale for $7.99 (1/2″) or $8.99 (1″). That means you’ll be paying as little as $1.33 per binder.

1/2″ binder – Compare to Walmart’s in-store price of $2.48 per binder.

1″ binder – Compare to Walmart’s in-store price of $2.00 per binder (Avery).

 

 

5. Uni-Ball gel pens are $1 per pen.

Quality pens for a great price are hard to come by. Right now, Costco has a 12-count pack of Uni-Ball retractable gel pens for $11.99, making each pen just $1.

Compare to Walmart’s in-store price of $1.11/pen.

 

6. Zebra retractable pens are $0.25 per pen.

Not a fan of Uniball pens? Costco is also selling 40-count Zebra retractable pens for $8.99–that’s just $0.25 per pen!

Compare to Walmart’s price of $0.35/pen.

 

7. Five-Star Flex binders are $7 per binder.

Save on name brands! Costco is offering up a 2-pack of Five Star Flex 2″ binders for $13.99–that’s just $7 per binder, a buck cheaper than Walmart.

Compare to Walmart’s price of $7.97/binder.

 

8. Post-it notes are $0.66 per pack.

Who doesn’t love Post-it notes? Head over to Costco and get a 24-pack of Post-it notes for $15.79! This pack contains 2,400 sheets, so you’re paying just $0.66 per pack.

Compare to Walmart’s price of $1.37/pack.

 

 

9. Scotch tape is $1.83 per roll.

Not only for back-to-School, think Christmas and wrapping! Get a 12-pack of 3M Scotch tape for $21.99 at Costco. That’s just $1.83 per roll and a 32% savings over Walmart.

Compare to Walmart’s in-store price of $2.71/roll.

 

10. 3M Scotch 8″ scissors are $3.33 per pair.

We spotted a 3-pack of 3M Scotch 8″ scissors for $9.99 at our Costco, which is like paying just $3.33 per pair.

Compare to Walmart’s price of $3.79/pair.

 

11. Boogie Board is $19.99 per eWriter.

Say goodbye to paper! Costco is currently selling the Boogie Board 8.5 LCD eWriter and stylus pen for $19.99.

Compare to Walmart’s price of $29.95/eWriter.

 

12. Avery sheet protectors are $0.05 per sheet.

Get the 250-count pack of Avery heavyweight clear sheet protectors for $11.49 at Costco. That’s just $0.05 per sheet.

Compare to Walmart’s price of $0.11/sheet protector.

 

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