We all know that you can run out to Office Depot the night before school starts and get all the stuff you need for the year and we all know that if you had just planed a little bit ahead (like a day ahead) you could have gotten a bit of a better deal at Target or Wal-Mart. But if you really want to snag a great deal on back to school this year try planning ahead more like a week and checking out these spots for some really good deals.

Discount School Supply.com  

This is a hidden online gem where you can everything on your list plus the little extra’s you were hoping to buy for a great price all from the comfort of your own home! The website even allows you to filter your search by price so you don’t get tempted into buying your 9 year old a $20 sparkly pen that will only last a week.


1556 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo 14222 (other locations)

Walgreen’s might be another unlikely stop for back to school but they have everything you need including Dora lunch boxes and Spiderman back packs with prices that make you really regret your huge bill from Office Depot last year. Walgreens also rewards you for shopping back to school early with coupons for money off your total purchase found on their website, just click back to school.

Teacher Store House.com

Teach Store House.com is a great place for both teachers and students to grab supplies for next year at prices that reward you for buying in larger quantities so this might be a good place to stock up on supplies that you run out of mid way through the year.
Check out their website at www.teacherstorehouse.com


432 Main Street
Buffalo 14222 (other locations)

CVS may not have been high on your list of places where you can find a pretty good selection of school supplies with a good price tag but almost all of your back to school list can be found here and at CVS you won’t have to worry about spending half your day in line waiting to cash out like you do at Wal-Mart and Target. Check out their website for an idea of what they have.

Dollar Tree

065 Transit Rd
Williamsville NY 14221 (other locations)
How can you beat prices for only a dollar? At Dollar Tree you will be able to grab a lot of your basics for back to school at unbeatable prices. Check out their website and see what they have.

(Contributing author - Liz DiNardo)