Who Has Best Prices For School Supplies?

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

HOUSTON - School supplies can be expensive. How can you get the most bang for your buck?

According to the National Retail Federation, the average American family will spend more than $600 on school supplies, clothes, shoes and electronics this year. That's up almost $60 from last year. It's why we're helping you find the lowest priced school supplies.

KPRC Local 2 took the fourth-grade school supply list for one Houston elementary campus and went shopping all over town to find the best deals for everything you need to get your child ready to go back to class.

School hasn't even started yet, and already there's a quiz. KPRC Local 2 went shopping at Walmart, Target, King Dollar, Big Lots and Hobby Lobby. Where do you think we found the best price on school supplies?

We shopped for pocket folders, notebook paper, pencils and crayons. There were 16 items on our list and when we added them all up, we paid the lowest price at Target: $38.91. Walmart came in second at $41.54.

The biggest problem with dollar stores is that everything's a dollar. When you shop at other stores, like Walmart and Target, you can get most items for less than that. Target and Walmart were the only two retailers we shopped that had everything we needed.

Hobby Lobby was, by far, the most expensive, and it did not have five of the 16 items. King Dollar and Big Lots also left us short by almost a third of the items we needed.

Another place to check is your school's parent-teacher organization. Many will buy all of your child's supplies and have them waiting for them on the first day of school. The school we checked charged $52 for all of the supplies we looked for, but you'd never have to leave your house.

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