Three Ways to Save Big on Back to School Supplies

This post is Part 2 of 2 on a series on Back to School Organizing and School Supplies. View Part 1 (Back to School Supplies Inventory: How to Determine What You Have and What You Need) here

Back to school doesn’t have to break the bank

Here are three huge ways to stay on your homeschool budget when shopping for back to school supplies.

Back to school doesn't have to break the bank! Check out these 3 great ways to get cheap school supplies. Includes a printable dollar store back to school supplies shopping list!

Step One:  Take inventory of what you have! I talked about that in my Back to School Supply Inventory post! The printable associated with this post is no longer available (but will be part of a HUGE, NEW back to school resource coming late August!). Here’s a Periscope broadcast about how I use the “Taking Inventory” list  that will be in the new resource!

Step Two: Create a shopping list. Think about the obvious back to school supplies (folders, paper, pencils) but also those not-so-obvious ones (busy activities for the toddler, supplies for field trip days). I’ve compiled an awesome list of items that you may need for your homeschool! More on that in a minute. Then, once you’re armed with that list, stick to it! You can shop confidently because you know what you have at home (see step one) and what you truly need.

Step Three: Shop at the Dollar Store! I know there are seasonal back to school supplies sales at the big box stores, but honestly? I prefer to get it all at once at the dollar store, and I’ll tell you why:

  • Every thing is in one place at the dollar store (no need to run to multiple stores)
  • No need to wait for a sale at the dollar store (yep, it’s all always a dollar!)
  • You don’t have to deal with the crazy back to school supplies rush at those other stores during those sales (Iast year there was a line to go down the back to school aisles at my local Wal-Mart. No joke.)
  • No need to “hope” that those other stores have what you’re looking for (last year I couldn’t even find what I was looking for because there were literally just piles and piles of stuff all over the back to school supplies section).

I figure that if I pay an extra 50 cents for my crayons this year because I go to the dollar store (instead of waiting for the annual back to school supplies sales) then it is totally worth it!! That 50 cents is worth my sanity, my time and my gasoline!

Get your ultimate Dollar Store Back to School Supplies Shopping List here!


Back to school doesn't have to break the bank! Check out these 3 great ways to get cheap school supplies. Includes a printable dollar store back to school supplies shopping list!


Bonus: Here’s a Periscope broadcast of me demonstrating how to use the Dollar Store Back to School Supplies Shopping List, plus my back to school must-haves (all $1 at the Dollar Store)!

And don’t miss these two other posts on how to homeschool on the cheap:

20 Ways to Stay on Your Homeschool Budget

12 Ways to Bust Your Homeschool Budget

Grab the Dollar Store Back to School Supplies Shopping List today and make back to school supply shopping super easy and cheap!

About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Tara Mitchell (@momteaches2) - July 24, 2015 Reply

I don’t know why I never think about the $ Store. I’m going to take your list there and do my shopping this year. Walmart and Target are packed this time of year!

    Alicia Michelle - July 24, 2015 Reply

    Tara, I know! I started thinking about the Dollar Store for school supplies a few years ago and have never looked back! Woo hoo! Wish we lived in the same place and we could do our big Dollar Tree run together at the same place!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Beth - July 29, 2015 Reply

This is great. 🙂 We run to our local dollar store often to pick up fun school supplies. It makes it even easier to get the same things my bigs have for my preschooler. She wants the same notebooks, pencil sharpeners, etc and this makes it easy and more affordable!

    Alicia Michelle - July 29, 2015 Reply

    Great idea, Beth! Yes! My littles often want what my “bigs” want too! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by!

Homeschool Supplies at the Dollar Tree & Goodwill - Simple Living Mama - July 30, 2015 Reply

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Lauren ( - August 24, 2015 Reply

This is great! I’ll be sharing and pinning it out! I love the Dollar Store.
Also, thank you for visiting the FrugalMommas link up this past Friday

    Alicia Michelle - August 24, 2015 Reply

    Hi Lauren! Thank you for sharing! I’m so glad you stopped by!

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