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The Best School Supplies on Amazon for 2020 (and what NOT to buy)

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School is going to look really different this year. Your children will still need to be prepared and these are the best school supplies on Amazon for 2020.

You’ve got a lot on your plate right now with figuring out how to manage home school or distance learning. I know you feel overwhelmed.

Or if your children are doing a hybrid model or in-person school, managing the masks and hand sanitizer is keeping you busy. I know you’re feeling apprehensive.

As a former teacher who had a coupon blog job for three years, I’m an expert in both school supplies and deals.  Knowing the difference in quality and price points is my superpower – haha!

I wanted to take searching for the deals off your plate. So I found the best school supplies on Amazon for you.

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Best School Supplies on Amazon for 2020

First, I went into Target to check out the school supplies deals.  These Amazon deals are better or comparable to what I found at Target.  So you know you’re getting a good deal!

These are the best school supply deals on Amazon for the 2020 school year.  Amazon prices can change at any time so leave a comment if something changes.

Fiskars Kids Classic Pointed Tip Scissors, 5-Inch, Red – $1.49

Fiskars is the most requested scissor brand for a reason – they hold up for an entire school year (or more). The blunt tip scissors are linked below.

Construction Paper, 50 ct – $2.59

Construction paper probably won’t be on a list from your child’s school.  However, with online learning, your child won’t have the same access to crafts and projects.  Stock up on this paper and give them opportunities to create freely.

Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, 4 ct – $3.49

My daughter’s district is asking for students to have dry erase markers and boards at home to practice interactively with their class.

TICONDEROGA Pencils 18 ct, – $3.79

Please save your sanity and spend the extra $2 on Ticonderoga over generic pencils.  These are presharpened.  You’ll save $2 worth of time sharpening the first week!

Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 12 Pack – $3.92
Like construction paper, your school might not request glue sticks this year. It’s still a good idea to have it on hand for projects.

Dry Erase Board-$5.99
With distance learning, this is going to be helpful to interact with the teachers on Zoom class or Google Meets.  It will also be useful in the long run to track assignments or even grocery lists when COVID is under control.

Fiskars 5 Inch Blunt Kids Scissors 3 Pack -$5.99
If you have more than one child or like to have spares, this set it for you.  I haven’t been able to order blunt scissors through Target Drive Up so I snagged this set for my preschooler.

Expo 80653 Low-Odor Dry Erase Set, $6.88
This set also includes the eraser and board cleaner.

Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue, 30 Pack – $7.24
I ordered this pack for my children.  Between two children, we will use 30 glue sticks this year.  This is the same Target’s price ($0.50 for a two pack) but will less packaging!

Dot Stickers– 2240 ct,  3/4″ – $8.99
I know dot stickers are not on your school supply list.  But if you have a children from 4-8 years old, grab my free printable lowercase letters notebook.

Use these dot stickers for math problems for bigger kids (for example, show 3X4 in stickers).  For younger children, write the letters on them and have them match to the letters on a piece of paper!

Headphones $10.99
My daughter has used these exact headphones for over a year.  They’ve worked just fine.


AmazonBasics Multipurpose Copy Printer Paper 5 ream case – $22.25
This works out to less than $4.50 a ream (500 sheets so 2500 total) which is competitive with other retailers.  If you think you’ll be doing a lot of printing this school year or your children like to draw on white paper, snag this while it lasts!

Don’t Buy These on Amazon

These items aren’t good deals on Amazon for 2020. Check out your local Walmart, Target, or grocery store.

Price points for School Supplies for 2020

  • Spiral notebooks: $0.25-$0.50
  • Elmer’s School Glue (white glue) -$0.50
  • Crayola Crayons (not washable) – $0.50
  • Crayola Markers (not washable) – $1
  • Binders, 1″ – $1
  • Crayola Washable Markers – $2.50

Recapping Best School Supplies on Amazon for 2020

Use these price points as you shop for school supplies.  There are good deals to be had on Amazon.  But you’ll way to place an order at Target or Walmart or your local grocery store, too.

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