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21 Under $1 School Supplies You Can Buy at Target

If back-to-school shopping has you stressed about overspending, don't worry—we found your favorite school supplies under $1 at Target.

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Back-to-school bargains

This year’s back to school landscape will be unlike any other, with new rules, hybrid schedules, and so much left uncertain. The one thing you can count on: you’ll still need school supplies—and Target is still the place to go for bargains. Find out the 10 things you may not see in schools after coronavirus.

Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.

Stock up on pencilsvia target.com

Stock up on pencils

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You can find packs of eight #2 Up&Up Wood Pencils for less than a dollar at Target right now. They’re just as useful for distance learning as they are for in-person test-taking. By the way—there’s a reason why number two pencils are the only kind schools ask for.

Don't forget a sharpenervia target.com

Don’t forget a sharpener

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Load your cart up with colorful pencil sharpeners marked at just 50¢ each, because two-for-less-than-a-dollar is an absolute steal. Plus, Up&Up brand is one of the things you should definitely be buying at Target.

Pocket folders are 50¢ eachvia target.com

Pocket folders are 50¢ each

50¢

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Feel good about adding blue, yellow, green, red, orange, black, purple, and pink folders to your cart in multiples, because they’re only 50¢ each right now. Better yet, you can buy them online and pick them up in-store today without having to fight anyone over the last school-mandated green folder.

Stick to Target for gluevia target.com

Stick to Target for glue

50¢

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Chances are, you’ll almost definitely have to buy glue and glue sticks. Packs of two Elmer’s Washable Glue Sticks Disappearing Purple are currently marked down to 50¢. You’ll also find standard 4-ounce bottles of Elmer’s white glue marked down to the same price.

Washable markers are cheaper than evervia target.com

Washable markers are cheaper than ever

65¢

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Load their little backpacks up with packs of 10 Washable Markers for 65¢ each this year, and buy a few extra packs to replace the inevitable favorite lost or dried out colors along the way. If your kids have a creative streak, they’ll also love these amazing LEGO art structures.

Crayola Crayons are 50¢ per packvia target.com

Crayola Crayons are 50¢ per pack

50¢

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Scoop up as many 24-Count Crayola Crayons packs as you can while they’re 50¢ each at Target because they make for fun after-school activities and an ideal way to cut down on screen time for little ones. They’re great for adult coloring books too.

You'll write home about these savingsvia target.com

You’ll write home about these savings

99¢

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Back to school season or not, 10-count packs of BIC Xtra Life Ballpoint Pens with black ink are 99¢ each right now. Middle schoolers and high schoolers will have them on their list, but you’ll probably want a few extra packs to see if you can pass our high school grammar test.

Missing this deal would be a mistakevia target.com

Missing this deal would be a mistake

99¢

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More mature students and adults alike can all recall at least a few times Wite-Out saved the day, which is reason enough to take advantage of Bic Wite-Out Correction Fluid currently selling for less than $1 at Target. Check out our list of back-to-school supplies that are a waste of money to reign in your spending this season.

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Stay organized

69¢

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You’ll keep tabs (literally) on every subject with more clarity this school year because Up&Up Letter Index Dividers are well under $1 at Target right now. Score brightly-hued 5-count packs for 69¢ each. Check out these other back-to-school sales for more ways to save.

These are less than 1¢ eachvia target.com

These are less than 1¢ each

99¢

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Actually, when you do the math you were taught how to do, this 99¢ pack of 544 hole reinforcements for loose-leaf paper works out to 18¢ per sticky helper. Improving your mind with that math equation is a free bonus.

Easy to measure these savingsvia target.com

Easy to measure these savings

25¢

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Speaking of math, you’ll want to buy a few extra 12-inch rulers while they’re just a quarter a piece at Target. You won’t be upset if a kid loses, breaks, or damages one that cost you less than ten minutes of parking meter time.

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Index cards are good for all grades

49¢

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Stock up on 3 x 5-inch index cards at Target because 100-count packs are currently discounted at 49¢ each. That means each very necessary DIY homework flashcard you make will cost less than a penny. You’ll use them to teach and learn basics, map out more complicated concepts, and administer effective study group sessions.

A rainbow of affordable erasersvia target.com

A rainbow of affordable erasers

59¢

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We’re not kidding when we say this deal on pencil cap erasers is too good to miss. You can find 25-count packs going for 59¢ right now at Target, which means you can easily lend your two cents to the group project in the form of a colorful eraser when something needs fixing.

Travel-size tissue packs for 99¢via target.com

Travel-size tissue packs for 99¢

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A pack of four travel-size tissue packs will set you back less than a dollar at Target right now, which means you’ll have one for their backpack, gym bag, purse, and the car’s glove box. Each pack includes 10 ultra-soft three-ply tissues perfect for all types of runny noses—though if you follow our back-to-school health checklist, you may never need them.

Everyone can use a few of thesevia target.com

Everyone can use a few of these

99¢

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These handy Sterilite pencil cases are under a dollar, and they’re just as handy for other art supplies and collectibles as they are writing utensils. Use them to store a collection of DIY art class beads, stickers, stamps, and so much more. Find out the best work-from-home essentials from Target.

 

Better than a high fivevia target.com

Better than a high five

99¢

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Keeping hands safe frequently sanitized will be the name of the entering-public game this year, and stocking up on pencil case and backpack-friendly hand sanitizers will be everyone’s best bet. These Germ-X mini bottles are scented like citrus, two ounces each, and just the perfect size for kids to tote on in-person learning days and outings. These 21 genius uses for hand sanitizer just might blow your mind, too.

 

Note your average dealvia target.com

Note your average deal

25¢

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See what we did there? You’ll be able to write endless puns in these 1-Subject Wide Ruled Spiral Notebooks from Target, especially when you see just how affordable they are. At just a quarter each, you’ll want to grab a few for the youngest writers in your world.

 

Marble notebooks, cheaper and more cheerfulvia target.com

Marble notebooks, cheaper and more cheerful

50¢

 

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Everyone’s favorite back-to-school classic, the marble notebook, has had a cheery update thanks to new and exciting colors. These are two for a dollar and make it easy to keep track of which subjects are which, with easy coding systems matching colors to particular subjects.

A smooth findvia target.com

A smooth find

99¢

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All that hand washing and sanitizer can lead to some seriously dry skin—even for teens and young adults not typically prone to dry hands. Target is selling two-ounce mini bottles of Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion for 99¢, and they’re just the right size for backpacks, purses, and coat pockets. Check out these 12 hand creams with nearly perfect reviews.

 

Stick to happy colorsvia target.com

Stick to happy colors

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These vibrant Scotch Matte Finish Magic Tape dispensers are the dose of bright, happy fun everyone needs on their desks this year. They’re just as useful for taping art projects to walls as they are cut-and-arrange projects, and only a dollar each. You’ll probably want to stock up on a few extras for holiday season’s DIY gift wrapping projects.

 

For more colorful projectsvia target.com

For more colorful projects

99¢

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These easy to use watercolor paints require nothing more than a creative mind, a little water, and about a dollar. You’ll get all the basic shades to ace the home art fair, let some creative steam off, and explore new talents with this Up&Up set. Don’t worry—it comes with a paintbrush. Find out the secrets of straight-A students even grown-ups will want to steal.

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Bryce Gruber
Bryce Gruber is covers gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at RD.com, although you've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting topics at TheLuxurySpot.com, Bravo, Parents.com, Martha Stewart, and on your TV screen through national talk shows including The Tamron Hall Show. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children. Find her on social media at @brycegruber.