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Well, none of us wants to even think about this yet, but the reality is that summer will fly by and it will be Back To School before any of us thinks too long about it. In this world, there are two kinds of parents; the kind of parents who receive the school supply shopping list for the next year and buy everything in June, then there’s the rest of us. Lol
No matter which kind you are, you should find this blog helpful. For reference, I have two middle school children, so often it is less expensive for me to purchase things in bulk, than to purchase them one at a time. I figured that since I was price shopping between Walmart and Amazon for school supplies, I should just share with the rest of the class. If you know of a great place to score Back to School Supplies, leave a comment for everyone to read. I put the prices as of the writing of this blog post in July 2022, so hopefully they stay the same.
Let me get this out of the way. I am an Amazon Influencer, so my links are listed below for the Amazon products. I have also included the Walmart links, which are not affiliate links. The links are there for your convenience. Of course, my family and I appreciate anyone who uses the links, but at the end of the day, you have to shop where you and your family feel comfortable. I personally purchase some supplies from both Amazon and Walmart, because I’m always chasing the deals. I also made every attempt to use the same exact, or nearly exact same items. With that out of the way, I figured that comparing around seven items should give everyone a good idea about where they should shop, so here goes. Enjoy!
When you’re done reading, if you want to see all of my Amazon Back To School Favorites:
Amazon: Price Per Pencil: $.16
Walmart: Price Per Pencil: $.45
Total Price Difference: $8.62 More Expensive at Walmart
#2 COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS:
Amazon: Price Per Notebook: $3.05
Walmart: Price Per Notebook: $2.67
Total Price Difference: $2.30 More Expensive at Amazon
#3 COMPOSITION NOTEBOOKS:
Amazon: Price Per Pencil: $.17
Total Price Difference: $0 Exactly The Same Price
#4 DRY ERASE MARKERS:
Amazon: Price Per Marker: $.81
Walmart: Price Per Marker: $1.34
Total Price Difference: $4.21 More Expensive At Walmart
#5 PLASTIC FOLDERS
Amazon: Price Per Marker: $1.88 Per Folder
Walmart: Price Per Folder: $6.33 Per Folder
Total Price Difference: $26.73 More Expensive At Walmart
Amazon: Price Per Binder: $2.94 Per Binder
Walmart: Price Per Binder: $2.95 Per Binder
Total Price Difference: $.02 More Expensive At Walmart, So Basically Nothing
#7 SHEET PROTECTORS
Amazon: Price Per Sheet Protector $.10
Walmart: Price Per Sheet Protector $.14
Total Price Difference: $3.55 More Expensive At Walmart
So, what’s the take away? Let’s look at the numbers.
$4.87 $13.49 Pencils
$18.29 $15.99 Composition Notebooks
$5.99. $5.99 Colored Pencils
$6.49 $10.70 Dry Erase Markers
$11.26 $37.99 Plastic Folders
$11.76 $11.78 Binders
$10.05 $13.60 Sheet Protectors
That’s a difference of $40.83. Meaning it was roughly 60% more expensive at Walmart. Now, it should be said that I chose seven supplies at random to run this test on. If you chose different supplies, you may find different results. In fact, if you do conduct this test yourself, please share your results below. The goal is for us all to find the least expensive supplies.
Thanks for taking the time to read my results. See you in the next one!
My Amazon Back To School Favorites List: