With so many retailers offering back to school deals, it can be overwhelming to figure out where you can save the most on the must-have items for school. Some stores have more to offer than others – so here’s a handy shopping guide to help you save when stocking up on back to school basics.

Bic Pens & Pencils, Basic Subject Notebooks
Staples is the best place to stock up on single subject notebooks. Staples brand single subject spiral notebooks are just $0.17 each. All Bic brand pens and pencils are also on sale at Staples with a $1 for 2 coupon available, making many Bic pen and pencil packs just $0.49 each.

Crayola Markers, Crayons and Pencils
Walmart has rolled back prices on over 80 of their Crayola products right now. Crayola Classic 24-Count Color Packs are just $0.50 each. Shoppers can also save $3 off most 10-Count packs of Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, now priced at $1.97 each.

Folders
Without a doubt, Office Max/Office Depot is where to save on basic two-pocket folders. They’re just $0.01 each (!) with a $5 minimum purchase and come in a variety of colors. This deal ends on 8/2.

Paper
120-page packs of Staples brand ruled filler paper are just $0.82 each. Beginning August 3rd, shoppers at Staples can score a ream of letter-sized Hammermill Copy Plus Paper for just $7.99 each after $4 easy rebate and $1.99 weekly ad coupon.

Glue & Tape
If you’re looking for Elmer’s Glue Sticks and Liquid Glue, Dollar General is where you’re going to save the most. 3-Packs of Elmer’s Glue Sticks are just $1.65 each and 4-oz. bottles of Elmer’s School Glue are just $0.50 each. 2-packs of Scotch Magic Tape dispensers are just $3 each.

Calculators
Walmart is your best bet to stock up on calculator essentials for advanced math and sciences courses this fall. The Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS Scientific Calculator is rolled back to $10.88 right now while the popular TI-83 Plus Graphic Calculator is $88 – the cheapest we could find it on the web from major retailers.

Backpacks
For Disney fans, Disney Store is promoting all Disney character backpacks for just $15 each. Combined with a $10 Disney character lunch tote, shoppers can also score a matching stationery supply kit for just $8.50. You can also save big at Staples online and in store – buy a backpack and get 25% off all your school supplies. The backpack + 25% off promotion ends on 8/2.

College Dorm Basics: Bedding, Decor, and More
College-bound shoppers can find savings on dorm essentials with Target’s Create Your Own Bundles. Shoppers can save 10% on a variety of different college-themed bundles including Bedding for Him/Her, College Desk, Dorm Room Decor, Tabletop and some other neat bundles. These bundles and 10% savings are only available online.

Combined with many states offering sales tax holidays this weekend, this is a great weekend to stock up and save on all your back to school basics.

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