Back to School Supplies for Two Boys for $100 in the #WalmartFrugalHeroes Challenge

Getting kids ready for going back to school is expensive. There’s just no other way of putting it. In addition to new fall clothes, backpacks, footwear and lunch gear, there’s that intimidating list of back-to-school supplies. Fortunately, this year Walmart Canada gave me the chance to see for myself just how reasonable its prices were when they challenged me to take part in the Walmart Frugal Heroes Challenge and get all the back-to-school gear for my boys for under $100. It was not going to be an easy task. Zackary’s list alone was intimidating. But I was up for the challenge and I headed into the store sure that I would accomplish my mission.

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The List.

Now one of the things that I am a little bit of a stickler about is getting high quality art supplies. I remember when I was a child sometimes using pencil crayons or markers that weren’t the Crayola supplies the rest of my classmates had, and they never seemed to last as long, sharpen as easily or colour as brightly. So when it comes to those school supplies, I pay more and don’t fret about the cost. Fortunately, that’s not even necessary at Walmart! The 24-count boxes of Crayola pencil crayons I needed were just one dollar and the 24-count boxes of Crayola crayons were only 65 cents! Now that’s great value!

logitech headset
The Headset.

There were a few big-ticket items on my list too and I was a little worried about the computer headset my oldest son needed. I didn’t want to spend a fortune but I didn’t want my son to have something that would break or stop working either. So I was absolutely delighted to find a headset from Logitech, one of my very favourite brands, for less than twenty dollars! And with any luck, it will last for years to come too, saving me money on future back-to-school trips.

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The Total.

When the time came to check out, I had lost all track of prices working my way through the list. Honestly, I have to admit that near the end of my back-to-school shopping spree I had stopped even looking at prices in my quest to get everything my boys needed for school. So I had no idea whether I was going to pass the Walmart Frugal Heroes challenge or not. When the teller rang up the total, it was $104.08. A great deal, but I had failed in my quest to stay under the $100 mark…or had I?

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The Culprit.

When I got home, I unpacked the supplies and realized that in my fervour, I had bought an extra pack of glue sticks. I was sure I had put them back on the shelf, but there they were, an extra $1.96 on my bill that I hadn’t really needed to spend. And in a moment of pure sentimentality, I also bought a Scribble Stuff pencil pack in a fun cars theme just to add a little extra colour to my boys’ pencil cases. A total indulgence and one that cost me $3.00. So subtracting that $4.96 I had spent unnecessarily, I actually did manage to get all the supplies my boys needed for school for under $100!

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The Supplies!

Really, it’s hard to not come out of Walmart feeling like a winner when stocking up on fall essentials is so easy. While my mission was school supplies on this trip, the low prices on clothing, food, backpacks and footwear make it easy for kids to head back to school in style with everything they need, without parents having to empty the bank account! Check out the low prices for yourself and see how you can be a frugal hero when your kids head back to school!

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22 thoughts on “Back to School Supplies for Two Boys for $100 in the #WalmartFrugalHeroes Challenge”

  1. To stay on budget, I always shop at a multiply of stores based on sale items in each store. When I shopped at Walmart (USA) I found the large sized individual Elmer’s gluesticks for .$25 each which was much cheaper than purchasing the 2-pack, 3-pack, or the 6-pack of the smaller size Elmers’ gluesticks. I also purchased “Pearl” erasers for $.25 each. The 3-pack was $1.49. That’s was basically half price. I found loose leaf paper (college and wide-ruled, 150 sheets) at Office Depot for $.25 compared to Walmarts $.82 for the same amount of sheets. Fo me it’s just a matter of looking around and waiting for sales at different stores throughout the weeks. : )

    1. Wow, awesome job Melissa! I remember once last year making a special trip to return markers from one store that I paid $5.88 for, when I saw a nearby store had them for $2. It wasn’t even just about the money, it was the principal of the thing! That’s a HUGE price difference!

  2. You did pretty amazing; I’m not sure we spent under $100 for our girls this year. We chose the clothes challenge this time and came in under budget, post coming soon. Good job mom!

  3. I love the way the supply list has been well-creased during the waiting time between the end of school in June and start-up this fall.

  4. That list from the school is crazy for a young grade! my oldest is in grade 2 this year and so far we haven’t had to bring anything. He likes to have his own pencil case but it’s not necessary. lol wait, watch him bring a big list home on the first day or something now that I have said that.

    1. Wow, really Jen? I may have to move my kids to your school! Lol Yes, it’s a crazy list and so much of it comes back home at the end of the year. EIGHT erasers!! Just wow!

  5. That is a HUGE list. I was wondering about the headphone and a microphone! I always buy quality supplies because if you buy cheap ones, the child will be frustrated and you will end up buying the quality ones.

  6. Good job! What do they do with the headphones/microphones? Seems like an odd request…. But not really given how technology plays a big role in school education these days.

    1. You know the headphones I get, because it makes sense for kids to not bother each other when using a computer, but I had yet to figure out why my Grade-school boy needed a microphone! “Who’s he talking to?” I kept wondering. A former educator yesterday suggested that maybe the programs they’re using are interactive and thus voice responsive, which does make sense. I suppose I can consider the mystery solved! Lol

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