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Save Money By Getting These School Supplies at Costco

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
August 11, 2016 · 5.9k Views

School is just around the corner. If you’re like many parents, you bought your kids’ school supplies at retailers such as Walmart and Target. Did you consider Costco? Because Costco offers savings when you buy in bulk, it could be a great place to purchase everything your child needs to start school on the right foot. If you have a membership, you’ll be able to buy enough supplies for your child’s friends as well, so you can have their parents share the cost.

There are many deals to be found at Costco, so which school supplies can you get that are cheaper than Walmart? Read on to find out which supplies to load into your cart.

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  1. Pencils. You can get Ticonderoga #2 pencils for just 10 cents each. You must buy eight dozen of them, though – that’s 96 pencils! But at $9.49 for the box, you’re paying just under 10 cents for each of them. At Walmart, the price is 19 cents per pencil. That’s a much better price at Costco, plus you probably won’t have to shop for pencils ever again.

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  2. Mechanical pencils. You can currently get a six-pack of Pentel Twist-Erase mechanical pencils for just $8.99. Middle schoolers, junior high kids and high schoolers will love using these fun pencils over traditional pencils that you have to keep sharpening. Break it down and these pencils are just $1.50 each, compared to $2.57 at Walmart. The nice part is that you get just six of them – the perfect amount for school. You won’t have to worry about whether or not they’ll all get used.

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  3. Ballpoint pens. Everyone can use pens. They’re a daily necessity for the young and old. Purchase Zebra retractable pens and you’ll always have a pen when you need one. At Costco, a 40-pack sells for just $8.99. That’s just a quarter per pen, compared to 35 cents each at Walmart.

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  4. Gel pens. Gel pens are a fun alternative to those old-fashioned ballpoint pens. Gel pens can be expensive, but not if you buy them at Costco. You can get a 12-pack of Uni-ball retractable gel pens for $11.99, making them $1 each. The price isn’t too much higher, at $1.11 each, but hey, every penny counts.

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  5. Binders. Binders are a must-have for all ages. If your children don’t use them, you certainly will. These ½” 3-ring binders currently sell for $7.99 for a six-pack and $8.99 for 1” binders. This breaks down to $1.33 per binder, while Walmart sells them for $2 or more.

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  6. Post-it notes. Post-it notes may not be on your child’s school supply list, but she can still find them useful for jotting down to-do lists, quick notes about homework or writing down a friend’s phone number or email address. You can also use them for your home office, as shopping lists or around the house for quick reminders. No matter how you use them, you can get them for cheap at Costco. Right now, a 24-pack (with 2,400 sheets in total) sells for $15.79. That’s just 66 cents a pack –pay more than double that price when you shop at Walmart.

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  7. Scotch tape. A 12-pack of 3M Scotch tape sells for $21.99 at Costco. While your child won’t need that much tape for school, you can always use it for wrapping presents for Christmas – which is just around the corner. When you break it down, that’s just $1.83 a roll. It sells for $2.71 at Walmart - almost $1 more a roll.

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  8. Construction paper. At Costco, you can get 684 sheets of Pacon construction paper for just $9.99. At 1.4 cents a paper, that’s an awesome price. Walmart’s price is 100% higher, at a whopping 2 cents per piece. But before you splurge on that construction paper mega-pack, think about how much your child is going to use. It’s typically not a required back-to-school item, since most construction paper projects are done in class. Once your child is past 1st or 2nd grade, he will likely never use it. While Costco is selling it for a great price, most families will never go through even half that amount of paper, so it will likely go to waste.


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 More Ways to Save

These are just some of the back to school savings you’ll find at Costco. Here are some other items your family might find useful:

       Xerox Premium Multi-purpose Paper, 800 sheets – $6.99
       Tekwriter 0.7mm Mechanical Pencils, 72ct – $10.99 ($0.15 each)
       Expo Low Odor Dry Erase Markers 18ct – $12.49 ($0.69 each)
       Scotch Permanent Glue Sticks, 24pk – $6.49 ($0.27 each)
       High Sierra RipRap Daypacks – $18.99

 Remember that the return of school means packing lunches as well. Here are some great deals on snacks:

       Sabra Grab and Go Pretzel Cups, 8ct – $9.99 ($1.25 each)
       Frigo String Cheese, 60ct – $9.99 ($0.17 each)
       Yoplait Go-Gurt, 32ct – $7.89 ($0.25 each)
       Capri Sun 10% Juice Variety Pack, 40ct – $7.99 ($0.20 each)
       Kirkland Signature Mandarin Oranges, 20ct – $7.39 ($0.37 each)
       Dole Cherry Mixed Fruit Bowls, 16ct – $8.29 ($0.52 each)
       Frito Lay Variety Pack, 1oz each, 50ct – $12.99 ($0.26 each)
       Tree Top Fruit Snacks, 80ct – $10.99 ($0.14 each)


Costco isn’t simply good for buying food and toilet paper. Use your membership to your advantage and reap huge back to school savings. Do keep in mind, though, that when you shop at Costco, you’re buying bulk. Maybe you don’t want to spend the extra money and buy 96 pencils or 684 sheets of construction paper when 12 pencils and 30 sheets of construction paper will do.

That’s something to consider, because you’ll need the storage space to keep all the extras, which could last you for many years. If you think most of the items will never be used, then prevent waste and save your money by buying a smaller quantity at your local Walmart, Target or Dollar Tree. You’ll pay a little more per item, but if you only need $2 worth of construction paper vs. the $10 you’ll pay at Costco, then that’s $8 of savings right there.


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Linsay Thomas is a seasoned writer and editor who has written thousands of articles about topics such as saving money, healthcare, law, pets and education. She hails from California, where she lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. When she's not writing, she enjoys sports, breeding chocolate Labs and visiting the beach.

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