Everyone knows that you can save big by shopping at stores like the and , but some deals are better than others when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck. One area in particular that you can spend less: school supplies. We checked the competitors' prices to find the back-to-school items that are worth hitting up the dollar store for — these are them:
That's less than 3 cents per crayon, people!
You can stock up for her entire school career for under $20!
We won't say names, but this is a third of the cost of some other big name back-to-school suppliers.
He can never be too prepared for those multiple-choice tests!
Extra safe and extra cheap! Just how we like it.
Trendy doesn't need to be expensive. This sequin option is half the cost of almost identical versions from competitors.
The key to high school organization is a binder for every class, but the cost of each 3-ring can add up fast — unless you buy insane 4-pack deal.
Pro-tip: Check with her teacher to see what calculations she'll actually be doing before shelling out for the $100 option. If it's just basic functions, odds are this $1 version will get the job done just fine.
4 for $4
We haven't seen notebooks this cheap since we were in school.
2 for $2.25
The invisible grid on this board makes it perfect for school projects — and normally you won't find these sheets for under $10 at the store.
6 for $6
You have to purchase a minimum of six binders from to get this price, but even if your kid doesn't need all of them, it's a good way to stock up for that school supply drive your town is having.
He doesn't need anything fancy, just something to help remind him that bio lab is Monday and his internship is Thursday.
You have to buy a minimum of 4 packs, but with all those physics formulas she has to remember this year, she's going to need them.
If he prefers mechanical pencils, go with this option. It's still considered a No. 2 that can be used on standardized tests.
Because, trust us, she is going to need to re-fill at some point this year and filler paper is a much cheaper option than re-buying notebooks.
This monthly calendar clips right in her binder so she can easily keep track of homework assignments, project due dates, and soccer practice all in one place.
These file folders are a must for any college student. They offer organization in his desk drawers and keep his resume from getting crumpled on the way to and from interviews.
PSA: You can get twice as many Post-It notes at and it'll still cost less than a 4-pack at competitors.
He will likely ditch these storage totes once he graduates, so stick with a cheaper option rather than paying $10 or more at other stores.
Pods are an easy way to guarantee she isn't overdoing it on the laundry detergent — and at a price this low, you can stock up for the whole year.