Back-to-school shopping can be hectic — and expensive. Parents of students in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend an average of $107.76 on school supplies during the 2016 back-to-school shopping season, according to the National Retail Federation.
To make your own shopping trip easy, we found everything you’ll need for your elementary school student for less than $50.
Check out these items we hand-picked from discount retailer Wal-Mart, in order from least to most expensive:
Crayons: 50 cents
Crayons are a school staple, and if you pick the right pack, you can get them for less than a dollar. We found a 24-pack of Crayolas in all of the traditional colors for only 50 cents.
Notebooks: 51 cents
Your kids will need paper for writing and drawing, and these notebooks fit the bill. They’re wide-ruled, hold 70 sheets and are sold in assorted colors for 17 cents each. We added three to our list for a total of 51 cents.
Pencils: 97 cents
Pencils are another must-have supply. This 20-pack of No. 2 pencils from Dixon rings up for less than a dollar at 97 cents.
A 4-ounce bottle of Elmer’s washable school glue will run you just 50 cents. We threw in two for a total of $1. After all, your child will have more than a few arts and crafts projects.
Sometimes crayons just don’t do the job, so we added these classic Crayola ultra-clean markers to the cart. You’ll pay $1.97 for a 10-pack.
Teaching your little one to measure or draw a straight line doesn’t have to be expensive. The Acme Westcott 12-inch plastic ruler with finger grip costs just $2.
Crayons? Check. Pencils? Check. But what about highlighters for note-taking? Buy a pack of four yellow Sharpies for $2.24.
Fiskars children’s safety scissors are 5 inches long and feature a comfortable grip and a blunt tip. Pick up a pair for $3.49.
Pencil pouch: $4
Your child needs some way to keep all these supplies organized. This black and clear binder pencil pouch from Advantus will run you $4.
Loose-leaf papers are a recipe for disorganization, but folders will keep your child’s homework assignments in one place. You can buy a 10-pack of two-pocket folders in assorted colors for $4.28.
Buying some supplies in bulk — including pens — will save you money in the long run. This 60-pack of black ballpoint pens from Bic will support all of the writing your child does this year. It’s sold for $4.79.
For a place to put those folders and the pencil pouch, we found this $5.43 white, 3-inch Avery binder. It can hold up to 600 sheets and contains four interior pockets.
These days, you can find backpacks for around $5, but they won’t have many frills. Instead, we opted for the Absolute Sport backpack from Eastsport, which costs $14.88. It combines a colorful look with plenty of pocket space.
Our total bill? $46.06 before tax.
Note that many of these products are available for in-store purchase or store pickup only, not ship-to-home. Wal-Mart offers free store pickup on qualifying online orders.