Jul 16, 2010

Back to School Supplies | Wal-Mart Vs. Target | Compare Prices

Here it is...The ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN...Back to School Supplies for teachers, parents and kids. All of the back to school supply list prices compared for Wal-Mart and Target. It is usually between July and August that these mega superstores release amazingly low prices on back to school items for kids. Keep reading below to find the results!!!

Back to School Supply List

Item Price Store Outcome
2 Pocket Folder $0.15 Wal-Mart Tied
$0.15 Target Tied
1 Inch Binder $1.87 Wal-Mart Loser
$0.99 Target Winner
Calculator $1.00 Wal-Mart Tied
$1.00 Target Tied
Highlighters $1.50 Wal-Mart Winner
$1.74 Target Loser
Trapper Keeper $10 Wal-Mart Loser
$9.99 Target Winner
1 Subject Notebook $0.15 Wal-Mart Tied
$0.15 Target Tied
10 Pack of Pens $1.00 Wal-Mart Loser
$0.50 Target Winner
24 Pack of Pencils $0.94 Wal-Mart Tied
$0.94 Target Tied
6 Large Erasers $2.00 Wal-Mart Winner
$2.74 Target Loser
Elmers School Glue $0.25 Wal-Mart Tied
$0.25 Target Tied
2 Elmers Glue Sticks $0.25 Wal-Mart Tied
$0.25 Target Tied
Box of Crayola Crayons $0.25 Wal-Mart Tied
$0.25 Target Tied
Colored Pencils $1.00 Wal-Mart Tied
$1.00 Target Tied
Markers $1.00 Wal-Mart Tied
$1.00 Target Tied
100 Index Cards $0.44 Wal-Mart Tied
$0.44 Target Tied
4 Expo Markers $3.48 Wal-Mart Winner
$3.49 Target Loser
Scissors $0.74 Wal-Mart Winner
$0.79 Target Loser
Standard Backpack $9.00 Wal-Mart Loser
$8.99 Target Winner
Lunchbox $3.00 Wal-Mart Winner
$3.79 Target Loser
150 Sheets of Paper $0.75 Wal-Mart Tied
$0.75 Target Tied

Back to School Supplies Shopping Calculator

  • 5 Wins
  • 4 Losses
  • 11 Ties
  • Total Spent on Back to School Supplies at Wal-Mart = $38.77

  • 4 Wins
  • 5 Losses
  • 11 Ties
  • Total Spent on Back to School Supplies at Target = $39.20

Wal-Mart is the WINNER! 

The winner of the 2010 "Wal-Mart vs. Target Back to School Supplies Compare Prices" contest is Wal-Mart, by only $0.43 Cents!!!

If you want to be the true WINNER for Back to School shopping, and save the most money possible, I would suggest buying some back to school supplies at Wal-Mart and some back to school supplies at Target to get the lowest prices. I also just heard that Staples has back to school supplies for 1 Cent! These sales are on the weekends and each weekend there are different school supplies for One Penny. You may need a teacher rewards card to get this amazing discount.

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Gretchen said...

Just a note that you must purchase $5 in other items before you can take advantage of the penny stuff at Staples.

Unknown said...

Thanks Gretchen! Good to know :)

Unknown said...

If you have your sale paper, Target will match prices. I had Target match the price at Staples for their $1.00 post it notes. I was very upset that Staples changed their policy regarding the 1 cent sale so I didn't want to give them any of my money. I saved $2.00 a pack at Target using the Staples ad. I am usually not a Wal-mart shopper.

Anonymous said...

Now is the time to stock up on educational supplies. As a parent and teacher, I always buy as many items as I can at this time of year. I have started purchasing some things online at www.k12schoolsupplies.com.

Anonymous said...

These mega-retailers put immense pressure on manufacturers to lower costs, leading to factories in places like China employing children and providing non-living wages. It might cost you a dollar more than the $38 you paid, but shop independent at some place like EducationalWarehouse.com or a2zteachersoutlet.com - you'll be helping make the world a better place.

LeeAnn said...

Price-matching, don't forget about that.. I love back to school time of the year. So much savings.. :)

Jose M. Blanco said...

Very useful information on prices for back to school items. Walmart should be very happy, and as a parent, I value your research. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I usually go to Target since this isn't a Wal-Mart near me to get supplies for my classroom, but they don't have everything I need to decorate my classroom. I decided to order everything online this year since many places offer free shipping and low price matching. I ordered from www.SchoolSupplyGiant.com and got everything I needed in 3 days.

Katrina said...

You did a brilliant idea comparing prices of two competing suppliers of school stuff. For mothers the budget is very important so information such as this really helps a lot in the decision making.