Best Things to Buy on Amazon for Back-to-School


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If you missed Prime Day, don't worry, there are still plenty of great deals to be had on Amazon — especially as the new school year approaches. From pens and pencils to binders and specialty calculators, Amazon is a one-stop shop for back-to-school everything. When you browse these top deals, don't forget that Prime members get free two-day shipping on eligible items and both of the Amazon credit cards come with 5 percent cash back.

(Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)

12 Lyra Ferby Giant Colored Pencils
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Price: $16.80 | Buy it
Starting off with some must-haves for preschoolers and kindergartners, these massive, triangle-shaped colored pencils were designed to be held by tiny hands. Totally non-toxic with brilliant, highly concentrated colors, this 12-pack is a great deal. It's only $2 more than you'd spend for a six pack — half as many pencils.

Scotch Wall-Safe Tape
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Price: $15.20 | Buy it
Tape is also crucial for junior students, but if your budding academics double as artists, you'd better get tape that can safely display their masterpieces. This clear Scotch tape is designed specifically to stick securely to wood, paint, metal and glass without leaving any residue when it's time to take it down. Each big roll comes with 650 inches of wall-safe tape.

Avery Gluestic
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Price: $4.49 | Buy it
As your little ones get older, they'll evolve from tape to glue, which they're going to need for projects, art and crafts, and more. Although these Avery sticks are strong and permanent, the glue easily washes off of skin and clothes alike, and it rolls on smooth so there won't be any clumping. It goes on purple but dries clear so there's never any guesswork. Right now, this value pack is 28 percent off.

Ticonderoga No. 2 Pencils
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Price: $6 | Buy it
Through the generations, some school supplies never go out of style. Among them is the classic No. 2 pencil. Ticonderoga is the biggest name in the game, and this 30-pack of pre-sharpened pencils is on sale right now, down from $12.30 for savings of more than 50 percent.

Tops 1-Subject Notebooks
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Price: $6.50 | Buy it
Spiral notebooks are another staple that never goes out of style. Every one-subject notebook in this three pack is wide ruled for large handwriting, and they're three-hole punched, as well. Not only do they come with non-snag coils, but they're edged with perforation so every page tears cleanly.

10 Sheets of Pacon Foam Board
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Price: $32.27 | Buy it
For older kids, school projects eventually move beyond colored pencils and glue sticks — that's when foam board becomes a must-have item. At 3/16 of an inch thick, these boards are strong, but easy to cut. Smooth and rigid, they can even be painted. Right now, this 10-pack is on sale for a discount of 19 percent.

Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator
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Price: $8.88 | Buy it
Since every smartphone has a built-in calculator, a standalone pocket computing device might feel antiquated. But there is still no replacement for a good graphing calculator, and in the world of graphing calculators, there's Texas Instruments and there's everybody else. Right now, this two-line calculator is on sale for 45 percent off.

Post-It Flags Plus Highlighter
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Price: $7.78 | Buy it
Each of the four colored tab packs in this value box comes with its own dispenser. Your student can use these to mark a place in textbooks, leave notes, add accents to projects, label presentations and more. Not only are they on sale for 26 percent off, but the pack comes with a free highlighter.

Pentel Twist-Erase III Mechanical Pencil
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Price: $23.64 | Buy it
For the student who has moved beyond the classic No. 2 pencil, try this nifty mechanical pencil. Its protective tip prevents breakage, it never needs sharpening, it produces a clear, dark line and it comes pre-loaded. It's on sale for 23 percent off right now, and if you subscribe to regular refills, you'll save an extra 20 percent.

Pentel Energel Rtx Retractable Liquid Gel Pens
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Price: $20 | Buy it
You can definitely find cheaper pens than the Pentel EnerGel line, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value in terms of price vs. quality. The liquid gel ink dries quickly, the latex-free grip offers long-lasting comfort for a full school day, and since they are refillable, you only have to buy the pens themselves once. They're on sale right now for 33 percent off.

Oxford Self-Stick Index Cards
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Price: $13 | Buy it
The perfect combination of sticky notes and index cards, these adhesive index cards measure 3x5 inches and are ruled for easy writing. They are premium weight so they're much more durable than Post-it Notes, but they stick just as well without peeling or curling at the edges.

Better Office Products Sheet Protectors
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Price: $7 | Buy it
To keep those assignments and important papers looking spiffy, you can pick up 100 clear sheet protectors for $7. Made from acid-free, archival-quality polypropylene, the sheets will never smear or lift ink from the pages protected within.

Avery + Avy Tangerine Designer Collection Binders
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Price: $8 | Buy it
If you're going to buy 100 sheet protectors, you'll need a good three-ring binder to put them in. The Avery + Amy Tangerine collection lets your student's personality shine through with several different inspirational and beautiful designs. Each one holds up to 175 sheets and you can customize the cover and the spine.

AmazonBasics Backpack
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Price: $17.82 | Buy it
As the brand name implies, there aren't many frills to this backpack. But it's light, it's durable, it comes in a nice selection of colors, and its adjustable straps are padded and comfy. Double zippers keep all pockets secure and best of all, you can get it for under $20.

Trailmaster Clear Backpack
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Price: $14 | Buy it
Coming in under $15 is this clear backpack from TrailMaster, if that's what your kid's school security policy requires. Available in more than half a dozen trim colors, the pack is made from durable, non-toxic PVC. Several books can fit in the main compartment, and the outside accessory compartments are visible, but secure.

Thermos Soft Lunch Box
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Price: $9.90 | Buy it
From Hello Kitty and Minka to Spider-Man and Angry Birds, there's something for every boy or girl in this exhaustive collection of soft lunch boxes. Not only can you score one for about $10, but they're built by the trusted Thermos brand, they're lined with PEVA, and made from sturdy PVC.

Sandisk Cruzer USB Flash Drive
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Price: $13.49 | Buy it
With 128-bit AES encryption, this flash drive from the trusted SanDisk brand securely holds 64GB of data. It weighs in at just 0.64 ounces, so you can toss it in your backpack or even in your pocket without much thought. With 4.4 stars after more than 3,700 reviews, it's now marked down by $26.50 from $39.99 for savings of 66 percent.

Mindspace Desk Organizer
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Price: $11 | Buy it
This organizer has a compact build with plenty of room. It features eight compartments of varied sizes for everything from pens to calculators. Made from metal mesh, it's light but sturdy and is supported with a solid base. Perfect for either the desk or locker.

Combination Lock
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Price: $11 | Buy it
Grab a pair of sleek but secure combination locks from Puroma. With four digits, there are more than 10,000 possible combinations, which makes the lock 10 times safer than three-digit combination locks. Listed for $19.99, they're now 45 percent off.

Doodle Board
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Price: $17 | Buy it
Save countless sheets of paper with this high-tech, highly rated doodle board, which comes with a pen to use on the pressure-sensitive screen. Stoke your budding artist's creativity with this electronic scribble board, which flips over to reveal a ruler/mouse pad on the back.

Westcott Titanium Scissors
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Price: $7 | Buy it
With titanium bonded blades that are three times stronger than the stainless steel found in regular scissors, this pair comes with contoured soft-grip handles. They can cut through cloth as easily as paper, they never wear out and they're on sale right now for 72 percent off, down from $25.35.

AmazonBasics Stapler
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Price: $5.56 | Buy it
Plow through 10 sheets of paper with this small but tough stapler. You can open it for vertical tacking to bulletin boards or poster board, its rubber base ensures slip-free stapling, and its matte black finish resists fingerprints. It holds 200 staples so you won't have to refill it very often.

AmazonBasics Legal Pads
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Price: $10.19 | Buy it
Save 15 percent on a dozen legal pads, which let you scribble, scrawl, and jot to your heart's content. Each pad comes with 50 pages, and the wide legal rule allows for larger, wider handwriting. The top of every page is perforated for easy, neat tearing.

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Price: $7 | Buy it
As timeless as the imperfect students it's been bailing out for generations, Bic Wite-Out is the go-to brand for liquid correction. The new quick-dry formula lets your student get back to work quickly and it comes with an easy-to-use applicator.

Correction Tape
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Price: $6.79 | Buy it
For about the same price as Wite-Out, you can instead opt for Paper Mate DryLine correction tape, if liquid correction isn't your thing. Easy for both lefties and righties, the tear-resistant tape never smears or runs. Just flip the top for easy refills.

Bentgo Children's Lunchbox
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Price: $28 | Buy it
Japanese-inspired bento box lunches are still all the rage these days thanks to picture-perfect Instagram photos and millions of Pinterest ideas. This model comes in three colors and is microwave and dishwasher safe. participates in affiliate marketing programs, which means we may earn a commission if you choose to purchase a product through a link on our site. This helps support our work and does not influence editorial content.