The 9 Best Places to Buy School Supplies of 2022

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From an updated wardrobe and new friends to crisp fall weather and stocking up on school supplies, there are many reasons for kids, teens, college students, and even parents to get excited for a new school year.

We researched the best places to buy your school supplies online, considering the prices, options, and availability of each site. Our favorite options include Amazon for quick turn-around times, Staples for year-round deals, and Rifle Paper Co. for its unique styles and patterns.

Here, the best places to buy school supplies.

Price

School supplies can add up and be a major expense, regardless of the age of the student. Electronics, book bags, and even smaller items can cost more than expected. Comparing prices, especially for more expensive items, can save you a lot of money. Store sales as well as tax free days are common in many states right before the school year starts so if you can wait until these events occur, you can keep more money in your pocket.

Availability

Some stores and online retailers may advertise a low price but never seem to have the item you need in stock. Finding places with a wide selection and large stock of school supplies will help ensure what you need is going to actually be available for purchase. Even online retailers may not have every item in stock despite it being for sale so make sure your purchase will be delivered by the time you need it. Sometimes paying a little more for something is worth it if you are guaranteed to get it before school starts.

Options

Choices are important when it comes to school supplies. You or your child may want something in a certain size, style, or color and if you don’t have options where you are shopping, you’ll be left with no choice but to purchase whatever is available. Stores with a wide variety of options make school supply shopping more fun and the student gets to display their individuality by choosing things that resonate with them.

FAQ

  • Online retailers, warehouse stores, and office supply stores are likely to have some school supplies in bulk, especially if they are the same supplies that are used in offices. You may not have as many options or as much variety when buying in bulk, but doing so might save you time and money. Before you decide on a bulk purchase, make sure you will actually need and use all the supplies you are buying in that large quantity.

  • Online retailers will give you the greatest selection of school supplies; you’re bound to find some you think are cute. If you would rather see the supplies in person before making a purchase, look at the store displays that highlight new items, sales ads, and stores that sell more than just school and office supplies. Sometimes grocery stores, clothing stores, dollar stores and other places that you wouldn’t commonly think of to purchase school supplies will have a few cute items near the checkout register.

  • Shopping sales ads is the best way to find discount school supplies, but you can get ahead on next year’s supply list by looking at the clearance racks in stores after school has already started for the year. This is especially true if you are shopping for trendy school supplies that may not be as trendy next year. If this doesn’t bother you or your student, you can find some great discounts. Facebook groups and garage sales may also have supplies for sale at a steep discount.

  • If you’re looking to save some money on notebooks, look at what you may already have in your home. More often than not, notebooks are not completely used before the end of a school year. Don’t be afraid to remove the used pages and make use of the rest of the notebook. Otherwise, watch those sales ads to find when notebooks go on sale.

  • Some school supplies are standard and won’t be very cool, but others will change designs each year based on trends. Online retailers will advertise these cool school supplies, but be sure to also check out specific brands that your student likes. Even if that brand doesn’t normally make school supplies, they often will have items specially made for the school season with their logo or other identifiers on them.

The Spruce contributor Theresa Holland is a seasoned commerce writer specializing in home goods, storage solutions, organization, and work-from-home products. She’s a big fan of each of these retailers and can personally vouch for their product selections, and also relied on expert recommendations to compile this list. Check out more stories by Theresa on MyDomaine, Verywell Family, and Byrdie. Additional reporting was done by Adrienne Kruzer, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Adrienne has written for The Spruce Pets for several years.

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