21 Essential Back To School Items From Target For $5 Or Less

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is coming to an end. For parents of school-aged children, that means it's time to stock up on school supplies. Your favorite retailers have cleared the shelves of charcoal and sunscreen to make room for pencils and backpacks. But before you start crying, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to blow your entire budget on school supplies. If you want to get the items on your kids' list for less, you should know about the back to school items from Target for $5 or less.

There's something about Target that can make even the most disciplined, budget-conscious shopper lose all of their will power. You walk in for a bottle of shampoo and end up leaving hours later with a cart full of other things you had no idea you needed but bought because they were just so darn cheap. And school supplies are no exception. Target has a huge selection of pencils, markers, crayons, and more for under $5.

The first day of school will be here before you know it. So get out of the pool and get to your local Target to stock up on all of the school supplies your kids need. With all of the money you save on supplies, you'll still have money left to spend on a cool back to school wardrobe — for your kid o yourself.


Yoobi Color-In Zip Pencil Case

Yoobi Color-In Zip Pencil Case, ($5), Target

The Yoobi color-in zip pencil case lets kids keep all of their pencils and pens in one fun and convenient place. Your kids will love decorating it in their favorite colors. And you can feel good knowing that your part of your purchase will go to help schools in need.


Sharpie Pens

Sharpie Marker 3-Count Fine Tip Pens, ($5), Target

You can bet your kid won't be the only one in class with a Paw Patrol backpack this year. So make sure you stock up on Sharpie fine tip pens so you can label their items and avoid confusion.


up & up Highlighters

up & up 10-Count Multicolored Highlighters, ($5), Target

You can make just about anything stand out with a pack of multicolored highlighters. They come in a variety of bold colors to make sure you don't miss any important details.



Paper Mate 12-Count Pink Pearl Eraser, ($5), Target

Your kids may make a few mistakes while doing homework, which is why you'll want to keep plenty of Paper Mate pink pearl erasers on hand.


Construction Paper

up & up 200 Sheet Construction Paper, ($4), Target

Kids can create lots of cool and creative artwork with a pack of up & up construction paper. The heavyweight sheets come in practically every color of the rainbow and should stand up to just about any project your kids can imagine.


Spiral Notebooks

up & up 1-Subject College Ruled Spiral Notebooks, ($4), Target

If you have older kids, you're going to need at least one pack of spiral notebooks. The pack includes notebooks in five different colors so your kids can keep up with all of their favorite (and not-so-favorite) subjects.



up & up 24-Count Wood Pencils, ($1), Target

Pencils are a must-have on just about every back to school list. Target has you covered with a 24 pack of #2 pencils.



Crayola Crayons - 64 Count, ($4), Target

Your aspiring artists will love this giant pack of Crayola crayons. With 64 colors to choose from, you're going to need the built-in sharpener to keep all of those crayons on point.


Glitter Markers

Crayola 6-Count Glitter Markers, ($5), Target

Make their artwork sparkle with Crayola glitter markers. They come in six shiny colors that your kids will get a lot of use out of.


Pastel Markers

Crayola Broadline Pastel Markers, ($1), Target

If glitter isn't their thing, try Crayola's pastel markers. They come in 10 brilliant colors and are just as cool.



Fiskars Blunt Tip Scissors, ($1), Target

If your little ones are learning to cut, they're going to need a pair of blunt tip scissors. They're small enough for tiny hands, and the blunt tip will make sure they are safe.


Glue Sticks

Elmer's School Glue Sticks, ($4), Target

Teachers love Elmer's glue sticks, and moms will love them too. They're completely safe and washable, so you won't have to worry about your kids damaging their duds.


School Glue

Elmer's Washable School Glue, ($2), Target

Whether you're making a collage or slime you're going to need lots of Elmer's washable school glue this year. And moms don't have to worry about messes — it's totally safe and washable.


Mounting Putty

Scotch Removable Mounting Putty, ($2), Target

Turn your home into your own private gallery with Scotch removable mounting putty. You can decorate your walls with all of their creations without causing any damage.


Large Crayons

Crayola UltraClean Large Washable Crayons, ($2), Target

Younger kids will love coloring extra large washable crayons. The larger size is perfect for their cute little hands.


Colored Pencils

up & up 12-Count Colored Pencils, ($2), Target

Add some color to their homework with colored pencils that are non-toxic, and safe for even your tiniest students.


Pretzel Erasers

Yoobi Pretzel Erasers, ($2), Target

Making mistakes will be a lot more fun if your kids have pretzel erasers to fix them. You can bend and twist these colorful erasers into different shapes. And they're smudge-resistant, so they won't leave their homework a mess.


Sticky Notes

Multi-Colored Post-It Notes, ($1), Target

The school year is a busy time for most families. You may not all be on the same schedule, but you can leave notes and reminders for one another with multi-colored Post-It Notes.


Composition Book

Mead Primary Composition Journal, ($5), Target

There's a good chance you'll see composition journal on your child's supply list. And it makes sense since they're affordable and come in fun designs.


Printer Paper

up & up 400 Sheet Printer Paper, ($3), Target

A pack of printer paper doesn't last long in my house, but back to school season is the best time to stock up. And at this price, you can't afford to pass it up.



up & up Plastic 2-Pocket Folder With Prongs, ($0.50), Target

Keep their homework in one convenient place with some pocket folders. With a price this cheap, you can afford to have one for every subject.