Back to School Sales 2018: 9 Places Offering Free School Supplies & Deals Under $1

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By: Cindy G. Castillo | Victor Padilla Posted: 10:44 AM, Jul 27, 2018

Back to school time is upon us! As summer comes to a close, kids are prepping to hit the classroom for another school year. And while supplies can cost you big money, it doesn’t have to be that way. Get your teacher’s apple ready, because is bringing you a list of places offering freebies and back to school sales for $1 or less.

1. Free School Supplies in Illinois

A slew of community organizations in Southern Illinois are joining forces to provide low-income students with free school supplies. On July 28, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson of Williamson County is handing out free backpacks stuffed with goodies – and free haircuts! On August 4, the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson County hopes to gift students up to 1,000 backpacks. And on August 6, Little Chapel Church in Saline County will being giving out hot meals, clothes, haircuts, and 500 backpacks accompanied with school supplies. We’re so touched to see a community come together!

2. Office Depot’s Back to School Sales

Office Depot always has amazing back to school sales. Right now they’re offering their Office Depot Brand Filler Paper (100 pack) for $0.85. You an also grab some 70-sheet spiral notebooks for $0.25 each. Index cards are an amazing tool to help your kids study and master any subject. The Office Depot Brand has their 100-pack of ruled index cards now for $0.50.

And the deals don’t stop there. Their composition books are available for $0.50 each; pencil sharpeners for $0.50; transparent rulers for $0.50; and two-pocket folders for $0.15. And that’s just scratching the surface! For more deals, visit their official website.

3. Staples

If Office Depot has some hot deals, you know Staples has some killer back to school sales of their own. Staples brand 70-sheet college notebooks are only $0.25, and pink cap erasers are $0.50 for a 12-pack. A 12-pack of pencils is available for $0.75, school glue for $0.50, and two-pocket folders for $0.35 each. But that’s not all! Staples also offers a 110% price match guaranteed on their items. Check out their website for details.

4. Target’s Back to School Sales

Surprisingly, Target didn’t have a huge selection of back to school sales under $1, but there were a couple options to consider. They’re offering a box of Crayola Crayons (24 count) for $0.50 and Crayola’s Ultra Clean Washable Markers (10 count) for only $0.69.

5. Free School Supplies in Jefferson County Public Schools

If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, here’s an opportunity to snag some back to school freebies. Jefferson County Public Schools is hosting several events through mid-August where students and parents can receive complimentary school and health supplies. Check out The Courier-Journal’s article for a full list of event dates and locations.

6. Walmart

Walmart’s back to school sales are a little tricky. Act quickly, because many items are expected to sell out fast online. If they do sell out, check your nearest location for in-store availability. Prices may vary by area, but for the most part, prices are pretty consistent across the country. Some of their best deals include 12-inch rulers for $0.76, Crayola 12-count colored pencils, and binder pouches for $0.97 and Crayola Line Markers (10-count) for $0.97.

7. Walgreens

Your local Walgreens is also a great place to catch some amazing back to school salary. Like Walmart, their prices may vary per location. Their latest penny saver for the week of 7/29 – 8/4 includes Paper Mate pens (10-pack) for $0.69, pencil sharpeners for $0.59, sticky notes for $0.49, erasers for $0.49, pencil cases for $0.49, and the best deal of all — backpacks for $3! Not necessarily a $1 deal, but a steal nonetheless.

8. Sales Tax Holidays

If you live in Tennessee, here’s a back to school sale you can’t refuse! The state is holding its annual sales tax holiday starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 27th, and ending Sunday, July 29th at 11:59 p.m., according to Sales tax holidays will happen later in the week for other states, such as August 1st through the 5th for Wisconsin; August 3rd through the 5th for Florida; and August 10th through the 12th for Texas. Some states have their tax-free weekends canceled, so make sure to check back to the website for full details.

9. Free School Supplies in South Carolina

If you live near Clover, South Carolina, head to Bethel Presbyterian Church on August 3, where students will receive free school uniforms and supplies. And on Aug 4, visit Colleton County High School, where students can snag free school supplies, games, prizes and food! Read’s full article for event details.


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