How is it really already that time again? Time for buying back packs, markers, folders, paper, lunchboxes, etc. Back to School can be stressful when you are trying to find the best deals on all these items. Last week before we checked out Aldi’s, we decided to pop into Dollar Tree to scope out the best items for back to school!

Dollar Tree Back To School Shopping

Not all items are the best price or best quality at Dollar Tree.You really have to watch for prices related to quantity and brand. I always buy my markers and crayons at Target or Wal-Mart during Back to School sales when they have Crayola or Rose Art marked down.

Here are some of the items I thought were great deals at Dollar Tree for Back to School:

Bandages and Hand Sanitizer

These two items have been on every school supply list we have had. Every classroom needs hand sanitizer and bandages More of these items may even be requested throughout the year.

Pencil Boxes and Pouches

Dollar Tree School Supplies

I couldn’t believe the huge variety of pencil boxes, cases and pouches they had at Dollar Tree. Whatever type you need, you can find there. I thought the pencil pouches came in a great variety of patterns as well. I am a sucker for a cute print!

Composition Books

Cute Print Composition Books Speaking of cute prints, I fell in love with their selection of composition books. Sometimes you can only find the boring black ones. These were super cute and I was tempted to snag one for myself! 🙂

Elmer’s School Glue

I was excited to find Elmer’s Glue at Dollar Tree. I think this is a good price and went ahead and grabbed one to keep at home as well.


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If a calculator is on your list, these looked like  good basic calculators to pick up.


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I was actually pretty excited to spot these clipboards. We were asked to bring one in last winter and I tried to find a good deal on one. I ended up spending $5 on one at Target.

Folders and Binders

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Dollar Tree has a large selection of binders and folders. In years past, we have had to find certain colors based on the school supply list. This means you can’t always buy the value packs that are such a great deal at some of the other stores. This is a good price if you need to buy them individually.

Water Bottles and Lunch Containers

water bottles from dollar tree character lunch containers

These are some of my favorite items! These little lunch containers are perfect for creating your own homemade lunchables. I am also excited to find these water bottles. We lost quite a few water bottles last year. It doesn’t hurt quite as bad when they are only $1!

Pencils, Pens, and Highlighters

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Our store has a huge selection of pens, pencils, and highlighters. You can also spot erasers and index cards in these pictures! They may not have the standard pencils that some grades require. It is fun to let the kids go in and pick some fun pens or pencils out themselves though. I know I always enjoyed that! (Side note: Does anyone remember pink and purple notebook paper? I always begged for that so I could put it in my Trapper Keeper!)

Poster Board

Poster Board at Dollar Tree

Poster Board may not be something you are looking for during Back to School. I thought I would include it just in case anyone has the need for it later in the year.

Preschool Supplies

Preschool Supplies at Dollar Tree

If you have a preschooler, Dollar Tree is the place to get lots of great learning supplies. These manuscript tablets are great. They also have a large variety of activity books geared towards preschoolers.

I hope this has been helpful for someone! I don’t know about you, but I am hoping to enjoy the last bit of summer before getting back into school routines. Where do you shop for school supplies? I’d love to hear about any deals you find!

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36 comments on “Back to School Finds at Dollar Tree”

  1. YEAH!!!! Just found another store to add to my homeschooling supply run. We are focusing more on keeping our toddler entertained this year and I saw some easy ways to buy him his own supplies, just like his sister 🙂

    • That is a great idea Michelle! I plan on getting my preschooler more supplies there this fall to help her get ready for school!

    • I definitely have too! I am trying to be better about that now and I am learning so much about where to shop for things! 🙂

    • Aldi really is awesome! I went back again this week and now I think I’m getting the hang of it! 🙂

    • It is always a good idea to check the dollar stores first! 🙂 I know I’ll be doing that more in the future.

  2. Wow! Lots of great ideas and things to get at the Dollar Tree! I love shopping there for stuff for my toddlers. Target and Walmart are great for clearance finds after the back to school sales are over.

  3. I never really think of Dollar stores for BTS but it makes so much sense! We will be stocking up soon….and I have to say the pencil boxes are awesome – I find they really last through the school year and beyond

  4. I love the Dollar Tree. My last visit, I was surprised at the variety of school supplies. I picked up some for my toddler and some for my home office, too!

  5. I LOVE back to school time now that I don’t have to go to school :p I get so tempted to buy all the amazing new stationery but I remember that it’s at its most expensive and try my best not to spend all the money I have! The pound shop is a great place to start and not blow my budget!

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