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Everything under $1 school supplies

Suzi Milovanovic has been a mother of all kinds: stay at home mom, work from home mom, and go-the-office working mom. She blends all these perspectives in her contributions to various local and national print and online publications, tel...

Back to basics

Going back to school doesn't have to mean going to the poorhouse! You can get an entire year's worth of essential school supplies at bargain prices, especially if you shop the sales -- perfect for the family on a budget. Check out these top picks for school supplies that cost less than $1.

Back to school supply bargainsRulers

Who says rulers have to be boring? Check out these great flexible rulers in a variety of fun colors for only $.69 through Office Depot, at School.com.

Recycled paper clips

Back to school supply bargains

Help the environment and keep all those school papers neat and organized with recycled paper clips for $.79, also at School.com.

Pencil top erasers

Back to school supply bargains

These fun toppers make it tempting to erase writing that isn't necessarily a mistake! Target.com has a great 15-pack assortment for only $.69.

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pencils

Back to school supply bargains

Teachers prefer the original Ticonderoga pencil from the Dixon Company for its renowned durability. At less than $.07 per pencil, why not go for the one that won't break in a sharpener?

Folders

Back to school supply bargains

Pick a different color and/or pattern for each class. Find great deals on 100 at AceCatalog.com and you'll have enough to get your kids through primary school!

Wait for the sales

Back-to-school deals vary by area, so check your local paper or Internet to find the ads and take advantage of the sales. Supplies around this time of year can be found at a fraction of their original cost.

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Control the impulse

Stop yourself from buying things you don't need; stick to your list. Also, don't overbuy. If two boxes of crayons will last you through the year, control the impulse to buy seven. That wastes money in the long run.

Still have some supplies left over from last year? Inventory everything. You'd be surprised how much money you can save by using supplies that you already have around the house.

Shop online

Some of the best bargains to be had are found online during back to school.

List

Go into your hunt with a list to be sure you have everything you need when you walk out. You'll save on time and cash expenditures and avoid picking out more things than you need.

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