20 Back-to-School Supplies You Can Find at the Dollar Store

Stock up for the year with those George Washingtons.

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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:

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Crayons

50¢

That's less than 3 cents per crayon, people!

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Get Happy Stationary Folder

$1

You can stock up for her entire school career for under $20!

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Elmer's Glue

$1

We won't say names, but this is a third of the cost of some other big name back-to-school suppliers.

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No. 2 Pencils

50¢

He can never be too prepared for those multiple-choice tests!

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Blunt Tip Scissors

50¢

Extra safe and extra cheap! Just how we like it.

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Flip Sequins Backpack

$12

Trendy doesn't need to be expensive. This sequin option is half the cost of almost identical versions from competitors.

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1.5-Inch Binders

$2.75 each

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.

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Calculator

$1

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.

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3-Subject Notebooks

4 for $4

We haven't seen notebooks this cheap since we were in school.

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Poster Board

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.

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1-inch Binders

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.

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Weekly Dry Erase Board

$3

He doesn't need anything fancy, just something to help remind him that bio lab is Monday and his internship is Thursday.

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Index Cards

$1

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.

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Mechanical Pencils

$1.25

If he prefers mechanical pencils, go with this option. It's still considered a No. 2 that can be used on standardized tests.

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Filler Paper

$1

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.

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Binder Calendar

$1

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.

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Manila File Folders

$1.85

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.

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Post-It Notes

$1.50

PSA: You can get twice as many Post-It notes at and it'll still cost less than a 4-pack at competitors.

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Storage Tote

$4

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.

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Tide Pods

$3

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.

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