Should You Shop Back to School On Amazon?

We're sharing all the best Amazon back to school deals you can currently cross off your school supply shopping list – as well as tips on what items are worth buying, and which supplies are NOT!

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Curious if you can score any great deals on school supplies at Amazon? 

While I don't think you'll save money by purchasing everything there (you just can't beat some of the crazy deals at office supply stores!), I do think there are a few ways to save big on back to school shopping at Amazon!

Here are back to school items to watch for on Amazon:

graphing calculator

1. High end calculators (especially graphing calculators for middle and high school kids.)

I always do a quick price check on my phone before ordering, but have almost always found better prices on Amazon than anywhere else on graphing calculators or other more expensive gadgets my kids need for school.

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2. Glue sticks, crayons, art supplies, & more (as long as they're on sale!)

Amazon frequently has deep discounts on Crayola, however if you just shop Amazon without any general idea of a good price you can easily spend too much. Since Amazon has a tendency to inflate their “regular” prices, you need to be sure to have our free Stock Up Price Cheat Sheet in hand to compare if you're getting a really good deal.

Amazon does occasionally deeply discounts large quantities of back to school supplies (like they did recently on Elmer's glue sticks.) If you're a teacher or have several kiddos at home, using Amazon is a convenient way to take advantage of these sales so you can simply stock up!

Here are a few school supply items you can grab on Amazon right now:

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Item Qty
Sticky Notes, 3×3 Inch, 6 Pad Super Strong Adhesive Self-Stick Memo Pads, 6 Bright Colors, 100 Sheets/Pad Remove
EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator, Chisel Tip, Black, Box of 12 Remove
Sticky Notes 1.5×2 Inches,24 Pads, Bright Colors Self-Stick Pads,75 Sheets/Pad Remove
Stanley Guppy 5-Inch Blunt Tip Kids Scissors, 8-Pack, Remove
Sharpie Accent Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, 24-Count Remove
Elmer's Liquid School Glue, Washable, 4 oz Remove
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 2 Ct Remove
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted, 16 Count Remove
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count Remove
Sharpie Tank Highlighters, 12-Count Remove
TICONDEROGA Pencils Yellow, 96-Pack (13872) Remove
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Cosmic Color, 12 Count Remove
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Count Remove
Avery 0.75 x 1.75 Inches Durable Labels, Assorted, Pack of 60,Neon Remove
Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased, 24-Pack Remove
Avery 5-Tab Binder Dividers, Insertable Multicolor Big Tabs, 6 Sets (11109) Remove
Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers, Black Ink, 2 Ct Remove
Westcott 5” Hard Handle Kids Blunt Scissors 2Pk Remove

3. Office supplies.

If you need a stapler, desk organizer, or any other basic office supply to get your kids ready for back to school, it's worth taking a minute to check out the pricing at Amazon.

When I'm shopping for these items, I'll do a quick search on Amazon and then on Walmart so I have a general idea of what I should be paying for these items. If Amazon has a decent price on them and it saves me a trip to Walmart, I'll usually take advantage of their savings!


4. Backpacks.

If you're looking for a specific back pack for your child, definitely check out Amazon. It's best to have a general idea of what your child wants and what the price is on those, so take a little time to compare prices and see if Amazon offers you the best deal!

5. Lunch box stuff.

If you're looking for a certain water bottle, thermos, storage container, or lunch box, Amazon can be a great place to start. I've also found great prices on these at TJMaxx, so it may be worth doing a little shopping to find a great deal on these!

open textbook

6. Text books for college students as well as summer reading.

I think it would be worth doing some research at Amazon to compare the prices of their books there compared to the college bookstore. From what I've read their prices do compare (and beat) local bookstores, and using Amazon to purchase used versions of summer reading books is a great way to save.

Did you know that college students can get FREE 6 months of Amazon Student?! You'll enjoy all the perks of Amazon Prime, including free 2-day shipping, movie streaming, and more!

My honest thoughts on shopping Amazon for school supplies? You need to do your research.

There are some items that you can really save on at Amazon, and doing a little research before purchasing will help ensure you're getting the best deal (and making the best use of your time!)

Do you have other tips on saving big at Amazon for back to school? Leave a comment to share with us!

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Let me know if you find any great back-to-school deals, and find the complete list of back-to-school deals over HERE

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