Saving Money on Homeschool Supplies with the Dollar Store

Buying homeschooling supplies can get costly. Just take a trip to your local teacher supply store and you’ll learn that basic supplies can be a bit over priced. You can find saving on many of these items from your local Dollar Store. By Dollar Store, I’m referring to stores where items cost 1 dollar or less. Here are the items worth purchasing at the Dollar Store and some to avoid.

Supplies worth purchasing from the Dollar Store.

  • Reading and Math workbooks for many grades. – These workbooks are not very thick but teach well. I have seen them with Disney characters too!
  • Stickers – Please don’t buy stickers any other place. They have so many to choose from and they are quality stickers. The kids really enjoy picking out their stickers.
  • Large wall maps – I bought a U.S map and it is huge and very nice
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Construction paper
  • Lined Paper
  • File Folders
  • Poster Board
  • Pencils
  • Storage Bins – They usually have some really cute stackable ones at the beginning of the school year.
  • Board Books – Great for Pre-Schoolers
  • Coloring Books
  • Word Search/Dot-To-Dot Books
  • Math Flash Cards
  • Brads – You’ll need these for lap booking
  • Paper Clips
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Educational Posters
  • Craft Supplies (craft sticks, glitter, foam pieces, paper plates, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms)

Supplies to avoid from the Dollar Store

  • Glue – Only get Elmers. The dollar store glue is terrible
  • Markers – Only purchase Crayola
  • Crayons – Only purchase Crayola
  • Scissors – Fiskars are the best
  • Paint

If you haven’t given the Dollar Store a chance, give it a try, you don’t have much to lose, except for a few dollars of course. I’ve saved a bundle of money over the last several years. If you know of any Dollar Store finds that I’ve missed please share in the comments below.

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  1. Erin says:

    I’m enjoying your blog, Jennifer 🙂 I agree with this list. Crayola really is the only way to go, and I always cross my fingers that there will be some new workbooks when we shop at the Dollar Tree!

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