Back To School MUST-HAVES from Dollar General

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It’s funny to me how excited my kids get to shop for back-to-school. Don’t get me wrong, I love that they enjoy school, but it seems like school just ended and now all of the stores are promoting back-to-school sales and everywhere we go, the shelves are stocked with supplies and great new fall looks. I would have thought they would dread having to go back so soon, but they don’t. I guess being able to shop for brand new things takes the sting off of having to get up early again.

Recently my kids and I took a little trip to Dollar General and I allotted each of them $15 to spend on school supplies or fashion items. I told them to pick out their absolute must-have items as if this was the only school supply shopping they would get to do. We were there well over an hour as they scoured the store selecting, putting back and trading out items until they each had their “must-have” items.

I picked a few “must-haves” for myself too!

Back To School Must Haves from Dollar General

It’s amazing how much Dollar General manages to stock on their shelves, they really did have everything we would need for back to school. We don’t have a supplies list yet so we had to wing it but even if they don’t need everything they picked out at school, it is stuff they will use at home with their homework. Nothing we bought cost over $3 and most things were $1. With tax we spent $36.11.

My son’s most favorite items he picked out are the Zebra pen, the correction tape and the sticky notes. The Zebra pen is a special thing around here, it’s the only pen my husband will use and they are normally so expensive. It was only $2 at Dollar General! He loves having his Dad’s favorite pen. I think the correction tape & sticky notes make him feel more grown up. He also got a ruler, a leather bracelet, a notebook, 2 packs of stickers, a pencil sharpener and pencil grips.

My daughter’s favorite items she picked out are the pink fuzzy pencil bag, the pink fuzzy slap bracelet and the Pip Squeak markers. I really can’t blame her about the pink fuzzy stuff, it is really cute! She also got a ruler, crayons, pencil topper erasers, a pencil sharpener, sticky notes, a small notebook and headbands.

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I got some highlighters to help me keep track of their schedules this school year, staples for all of the papers they inevitably bring home, a shopping list for school lunches and a lint brush to make sure they head to school free of dog hair, which is not easy to manage around here.

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According to my receipt we purchased 24 items which works out to an average of about $1.50 each! I felt really accomplished after that shopping trip for back to school with Dollar General because we got really great prices on everything. And I can’t tell you how happy I am to have a set of highlighters – they were only $2!!!

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What is your favorite thing about shopping at Dollar General for back-to-school?

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  1. Brett says

    The notebook design is super cute! I can’t believe it’s almost time for school again .. where did the summer go?

  2. says

    It does not seem likes its Back to School time! I love stocking up on my office supplies this time of year, good to know that Dollar General has name brand supplies!

  3. Pam says

    I love buying school supplies at Dollar General. It’s so much cheaper to get them there than most other places!

  4. says

    It’s great to note that Dollar General sells brand-name items, for those who have specific items on their list. I like that you gave your kids a budget to stick to.

  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I actually have to start thinking about back to school shopping soon. I only have 6 weeks until mine go back!

  6. Daisy says

    We like General Dollar because there is one near us and they have so many great deals. For back-to-school supplies, I’m all about stocking up on washable markers. LOL – my son pushes so hard on his markers and we go through them quickly. Thank goodness for washable versions too because he isn’t always as careful as he should be.

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