Trust me on this one: Walmart school supplies can save you some serious cash if you keep an eye on back-to-school sales. This makes Walmart the easiest choice for back-to-school shopping, if you gotta pick one place rather than shop multiple stores.
But just in case you need more convincing, I’ll show you how to do Walmart back to school so you can walk away paying 50-75% less than everyone else.
1. Print coupons and combine them with Walmart school supply sale prices.
As long as you have your eye out for Walmart school supplies, look for coupons for common back-to-school brands like Crayola, Bic, Kleenex, and more.
Since Walmart takes manufacturer coupons, you shouldn’t have a problem using one coupon per item. How many identical items and coupons you can use in one transaction is up to the store manager’s discretion.
So, if you’re stocking up for the year, or you have more than one child who needs crayons, most Walmarts will let you buy four identical items with coupons per transaction.
2. Look for under-$1 deals at Walmart while you’re back-to-school shopping.
Every year, Walmart offers “special buys” on lots of different school supplies while people are back-to-school shopping. These are items priced insanely low without using coupons.
Always double-check the stock-up price list, though — just because it’s under $1 doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to be the lowest price I see.
Here are a few under-$1.00 deals we’ve seen that are worth getting excited over:
- Elmer’s liquid glue (4 oz.): $0.50 each (Stock-up price: $0.50 each)
- Crayola colored pencils (12 ct.): $0.97 each (Stock-up price: $1 each)
- Crayola markers (10 ct.): $0.97 each (Stock-up price: $1 each)
- Pink erasers: $0.24 each (Stock-up price: $0.25 each)
- Highlighters: $0.19 each (Stock-up price: $0.25 each)
3. Get free school supplies from Walmart through Ibotta.
Ibotta is a rebate app that offers cash back on items after you make your purchase. At Walmart, you simply unlock the offers you’re interested in and then scan the QR code on your receipt with the Ibotta app or link your Walmart and Ibotta accounts before shopping.
Ibotta recently released eight 100% cash-back rebates for back-to-school items totaling approximately $20. These free-after-rebate items are available to new and existing users. To redeem, you must link your store loyalty account in the Ibotta app, then add the rebates to your list before you shop. Rebates will be credited automatically, with no need to upload a photo of your receipt.
Free-after-rebate products from Ibotta in 2021:
- Five Star 3-Subject Notebooks
- Paper Mate Pink Erasers, 3 ct
- Ticonderoga #2 Pencils, 12 ct
- Nature’s Own Butter Bread, Whole Wheat, or Honey Wheat, 20 oz
- Skippy Peanut Butter, 15- 16.3 oz
- Smucker’s Squeeze Strawberry or Grape Jelly Fruit Spread, 20 oz
- Del Monte Fruit Cups, 4 ct 4oz
- Kleenex, 110 ct
4. Use Ibotta’s “Any Item” offers toward Walmart school supplies like crayons or look for freebie offers.
Speaking of Ibotta, I’ve seen an “Any Item” offer that gave me $0.25 back on anything I bought at Walmart.
You can do this for any Walmart back-to-school supplies — I recommend you save it for items that are already on sale at Walmart to get the most bang for your buck. So if you see Walmart Crayola crayons available for $0.50, use the “Any Item” rebate to cut the cost in half.
5. Use KCL’s Back-to-School Supply Stock-Up Price List.
KCL’s 2021 Back-to-School Stock-Up List is here! Check it out before you start back-to-school shopping.
Access it on your smartphone while you’re at the store, or print it up and use it as a hardcopy reference.
We update it every year to make sure it’s accurate and that it reflects price changes from year to year.
6. Walmart school supply sales start earlier than any other store.
Your local Walmart might have back-to-school items out by mid-June. But the best Walmart school supplies sales start in July.
They’ll start setting up around the Fourth of July holiday and then gather steam throughout the rest of July.
In recent years, I saw 24-count Crayola crayons reach $0.50 each (reg. $1.50 each) as early as the day before the Fourth of July.
7. No time to drive to multiple stores for deals? Go ahead and get everything at Walmart.
Because of Everyday Low Prices and Rollback prices, Walmart is a safe bet for one-stop shopping, especially compared to other office supply stores.
Year over year, Walmart school supplies show up on shelves at a lower price point than competitors.
Wescott 12″ Acrylic Ruler
BIC Xtra Smooth Mechanical Pencils
Wescott Titanium Scissors (2 pack)
8. Save on polos and khakis with a school uniform sale.
A school uniform sale can save you some cash. Starting early in the season — possibly even already on the shelves at your Walmart — you’ll find super cheap uniform polos and khakis. There’s even an online deal right now for a 2-pack of girls’ polos for $9.94. You can also grab boys’ uniform pants for $10.97.
Walmart is the place for kids’ backpacks with characters from Star Wars, L.O.L. Surprise!, Super Mario, and more. Why? Because where else can you score them for as low as $9.98 each? Not every character backpack will be under $10, but I’ve been surprised at how many big names end up being on the cheaper side.
Or, if you go the non-character route, you can grab a kids’ backpack for as low as $6.99.
10. Find electronics for college like laptops and microwaves.
Your college-bound kiddo is going to need a lot before they head to the dorms. Check Walmart for college dorm supplies first.
11. Order Walmart school supplies through Grocery Pickup.
If you shop online through Walmart Grocery, you can avoid going into the store completely. I was able to find all the items from my kids’ school supply lists. Best part? Grocery pickup is free.
Select your pickup time before you place an order and then when it’s time to pick up your school supplies, just park in a designated “Grocery Pickup” stall and call the number on the sign or check in on the app. An associate will bring your order out and put it into your car for you.
Plus, you can use Ibotta with Walmart Grocery Pickup by connecting your accounts – no receipt required!
12. Or get free Walmart shipping when you spend more than $35 online.
If you don’t even want to leave your house for Walmart school supplies, I don’t blame you.
Shop Walmart.com and be sure to spend at least $35 so you can get free shipping.
You won’t be able to use manufacturer coupons this way, but if you just can’t stomach Walmart crowds, it’s a great option.
13. Hit up Walmart back-to-school clearance a week or two after school starts.
Don’t worry, procrastinators. Walmart might reward you for putting off school-supply shopping with a glorious offering of end-of-season clearance.
If you wait just a week or two after the kids go back to the classroom, you’ll score major clearance savings.
In the past, I’ve seen TI scientific calculators for $4.50, binders for $0.25, pencil boxes for $0.10, and shoes and clothing for $1 — not joking.
Hey, even if you already did your school supply shopping, consider shopping Walmart for next year’s stash!
14. Check BrickSeek if clearance inventory is low — another Walmart might have what you want.
Using Brickseek at Walmart can alleviate a few headaches when you’re clearance shopping. You can look up your clearance item on BrickSeek either online or in the store.
Just use the SKU finder to search your product, add your zip code, and check out nearby stores that have your item in stock.
15. Use the web for your Walmart school supply list.
I know most schools send home the next year’s school supply list on the last day of school. But school papers don’t survive summer at my house. Go online and you can get your Walmart school supply list. Just type in your location and school name and boom!
Nobody will judge you for relying on Walmart to have your back here.
16. Feel free to stock up — Walmart’s inventory is legit.
Whether you want to stock up on paper for the year or you want to donate your Walmart school supplies to a charity, the store will probably have it on hand.
In the past, KCL bought 100 notebooks to donate to local refugees through the KCL Foundation, and we got them all the same day at Walmart.
What major deals have you seen while Walmart back-to-school shopping? Let the KCL community know in the comments below!