If you have young children, you’ll need to restock their supply of pencils, pens, paper and crayons on a regular basis. For those on a budget, Amazon shouldn’t be the first place you turn to – regardless of whether you’re a Prime member with access to expedited shipping.
As with gift wrap, it’s hard to compete with your local dollar store’s prices on school supplies, Livesey says. You can find everything from composition notebooks to index cards to glue sticks – even buy them in bulk – for a fraction of what you’d pay on Amazon.
At Amazon, we found a four-pack of composition notebooks for $9. At Dollar General, you can purchase four composition notebooks for $4. We also comparison-shopped for binders – an essential for school-age children. The cheapest one we found on Amazon cost $6 for a three-ring binder with one-inch rings. At the Dollar Tree, the same size binder cost $1.