Get ALL Your Back to School Shopping Done at Walmart


I wish I could say I was one of those parents who gets excited about shopping for school supplies. Alas, it is second only to grocery shopping on the list of errands I really hate doing. It doesn’t help that most of said shopping tends to happen at a time when every other parent in the county is doing exactly the same thing. This turns store aisles into crowded tunnels I’d rather not enter. Ever.

However, I do count my blessings when it comes to shopping for those school supplies at Walmart.  At least I can do all of my shopping in one store, with all the supplies organized in the same general area of the store. So when Walmart challenged me to do all my school shopping for $50 or less, I said a silent thanks and got to it.

My daughter started third grade this year, which undoubtedly will mean more challenging homework, more books, more everything. Which dictates she’ll also need a stronger book bag than she did last year. In second grade, the most my daughter carried in her bag was a pocket folder for her homework, her snack and water bottle, and the hoodie or sweater she would take to school to ward off the chill of the air conditioning.

This year, she has to carry a rather large binder containing several folders and notebooks, which has already made the bag heavier than it ever was last year — even on library day when she’d bring home books. We spent a considerable amount of time looking for a cute, but sturdy bag that would be comfortable to carry, and that had pockets on the outside where she could carry her water bottle without getting her books wet. We settled on this $17.88 Eastsport backpack because my daughter fell in the love with the colors and pattern, and I fell in love with its hardiness and utility. (aff)


Next, we had to fill the bag with all her third grade supplies:


We got:

  • (24) #2 Pencils
  • (2) One Subject Notebooks
  • (1) 16 count Crayons
  • (10) Glue Sticks
  • (1 Pair) Scissors
  • (1) 12 count Colored Pencils
  • (3) Assorted Pocket Folders
  • (1) Pocket Folder w/prongs
  • (1) Pack Notebook Paper
  • (2) Sets Expo Markers
  • (2) Red Pens
  • (1) Pencil Box
  • (2) Large Pink Erasers
  • (2) Highlighters
  • (1) Pack Index Cards

We did supplement with some supplies we already had on hand. Some were provided by Walmart outside the gift card, like the floral binder and a couple of notebooks, and others were in our supply stash, like the million pocket folders. Still, we did have to buy the vast majority of the items, and we came in at just under $50 for everything including the bag. Not too shabby.

Now excuse me while I say a prayer of thanks that school supply shopping is over until next year — or until my daughter’s teacher sends home a list of classroom needs.

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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