HOUSTON – If you're still checking items off your child's school supply list, you'll probably have to go to a couple of different stores to find everything you need. Dollar stores can save you money, but not on everything.
Here are four back to school items worth buying at the dollar store and those you should skip:
Pre-K and kindergarten students will go through a lot of handwriting tablets. They can be tough to find after the start of the school year. You can stock up now for $1 each.
Skip the dollar store pencils. Teachers say they break and jam the sharpeners. They prefer the Ticonderoga brand.
If you know you'll need poster boards, you can get them now for just $.50 at the Dollar Store.
Food storage containers for school lunches are only $1 for 2.
Skip the dollar store crayons and choose Crayola instead. Teachers say they don't break as easily and the colors are brighter.
If you've got a high school student who uses mechanical pencils, Dollar Tree sells lead refills. We found 60 for just $1.