Best Things to Buy at Target for Back-to-School

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BACK TO THE BULLSEYE

Ready for back-to-school madness? Even if you're not, big-box retailers such as Target are. Target and Walmart are sure to do battle when it comes to back-to-school prices. Like Walmart, Target is saving some of its best prices on basics such as paper and notebooks for in-store shoppers, but online shoppers have a ton of great options, too.

Cat & Jack Girls' Short-Sleeve Uniform Polo Shirt
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CAT & JACK GIRLS' SHORT-SLEEVE UNIFORM POLO SHIRT

Price: $5 | Buy it
Got a kid who has to wear a uniform? Target has you covered with inexpensive polos for girls and boys, including these fade- and shrink-resistant cotton-blend shirts that come in 10 colors.

Rubbermaid Lunchblox Kids' Flat Lunch Kit
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RUBBERMAID LUNCHBLOX KIDS' FLAT LUNCH KIT

Price: $8.50 | Buy it
Pack a healthy lunch with the convenience of containers sized perfectly for a flat lunchbox. They snap right on to an included reusable ice pack, and they're microwave-, freeze-, and dishwasher-safe.

Thermos Crckt Funtainer Water Bottle
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THERMOS CRCKT FUNTAINER WATER BOTTLE

Price: $15 | Buy it
Quench their thirst with this 12-ounce Thermos made with insulated stainless steel to keep water or other beverages cold all day long. The bottle won't sweat inside a backpack, and an integrated straw makes it easy to drink from without spilling.

Ticonderoga Pre-Sharpened Pencils, 18-Count
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TICONDEROGA PRE-SHARPENED PENCILS, 18-COUNT

Price: $3.50 | Buy it
If your kid's teacher asks for a specific brand of pencils, chances are it will be Ticonderoga — they're legendary for durability. Spring for the pre-sharpened pack to eliminate one more to-do from your list.

Yoobi Purple Unicorn Academic Planner
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YOOBI PURPLE UNICORN ACADEMIC PLANNER

Price: $7 | Buy it
This irresistible unicorn planner will help a kid stay organized all school year — or at least give them a charming place to doodle and daydream. Plus, for every item bought, a Yoobi item is donated to classrooms in need.

Elmer's Repositionable Glue Sticks, 6-Count
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ELMER'S REPOSITIONABLE GLUE STICKS, 6-COUNT

Price: $4.50 | Buy it
Ideal for a little perfectionist who wants to nail every project, these Elmer's glue sticks won't bond fully for five minutes, allowing ample time for repositioning. As always, they're non-toxic and dry clear.

Ubrands Locker Accessory Starter Kit
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UBRANDS LOCKER ACCESSORY STARTER KIT

Price: $13 | Buy it
Help older kids make the most of their space with this handy locker kit, which includes a 10-inch wire shelf, a magnetic cup for pens or other small items, and a magnetic mirror for those crucial between-class hair checks.

Sharpie Clear View Highlighter, 6-Count
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SHARPIE CLEAR VIEW HIGHLIGHTER, 6-COUNT

Price: $10 | Buy it
Precision highlighting is totally a thing, and these Sharpies are the best tool for the job. They have see-through tips that mean you'll always know when to stop, and the smear-guard ink helps keep things even neater.

Sequin Color Change Backpack
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SEQUIN COLOR CHANGE BACKPACK

Price: $18 | Buy it
It was only a matter of time before trendy color-change sequins made their way onto backpacks. But there's function beneath the sparkle, including an interior laptop sleeve, padded straps, and elastic side sleeves for water bottles or other small items.

Swingline Quick Touch Stapler
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SWINGLINE QUICK TOUCH STAPLER

Price: $10 | Buy it
Keep your own stapler pristine and give the kids an inexpensive model of their own. This one is power-assisted, so they won't have to bash it, and it comes with a jam-free guarantee.

Crayola Crayons, 24-Count
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CRAYOLA CRAYONS, 24-COUNT

Price: 50 cents | Buy it
Small packs of Crayola crayons are a back-to-school staple for younger kids, and Target has certainly made them easy on the wallet. (If the teacher isn't a brand purist, Target's Up & Up brand is only a quarter.)

Acer N3060 Celeron Chromebook
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ACER N3060 CELERON CHROMEBOOK

Price: $200 | Buy it
Homework is higher-tech than ever, and you don't want the kids using your laptop constantly. This chromebook has all they need, including an Intel processor for all those web searches, a high-definition display, and a long-lasting battery.

Paper Mate Ink Joy Gel Pens, 3-Count
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PAPER MATE INK JOY GEL PENS, 3-COUNT

Price: $5 | Buy it
Perfect for the kid who's picky about pens, these Paper Mates have fast-drying, smooth-writing gel ink and come in a variety of vivid colors. They also have an ergonomic grip to keep long note-taking sessions comfortable.

Casio Handheld Standard Function Calculator
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CASIO HANDHELD STANDARD FUNCTION CALCULATOR

Price: $6 | Buy it
The price is right for this basic calculator, which comes in three bright colors. It runs on battery and solar power and won't take up much room in a folder or a backpack.

Cat & Jack Boys' Flat Front Uniform Chino Pants
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CAT & JACK BOYS' FLAT FRONT UNIFORM CHINO PANTS

Price: $10 | Buy it
Kids can be rough on their pants, so there's no need to overspend. These uniform-friendly chinos are stain-repellant and wrinkle-resistant. They're also moisture-wicking and include a touch of spandex for comfort.

Up & Up Glitter Ring Binder
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UP & UP GLITTER RING BINDER

Price: $3 | Buy it
This not-so-basic three-ring binder holds up to 375 sheets of paper and will add sparkle to any humdrum school day. Choose from silver, black, or pink.

Minecraft Kids' Backpack
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MINECRAFT KIDS' BACKPACK

Price: $27 | Buy it
Any "Minecraft" fan will be thrilled with this roomy, sturdy backpack, complete with a laptop sleeve, water-bottle holders, and an exterior zip pocket. A padded back and adjustable straps help make heavy loads more comfortable.

Mead Wide-Ruled Spiral Notebook
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MEAD WIDE-RULED SPIRAL NOTEBOOK

Price: 59 cents | Buy it
Whether you need wide-ruled or college-ruled (for $1), load up on basic spiral notebooks on the cheap. They come in several bright colors and include snag-resistant spiral binding that resists annoying uncoiling.

Yoobi Mini Backpack Pencil Case
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YOOBI MINI BACKPACK PENCIL CASE

Price: $6 | Buy it
Stash pens, erasers, and other small supplies in this adorable pencil case, made to look like a miniature backpack. An expandable elastic strap on the back makes it easy to attach to binders, books, or a big backpack.

Post-It Page Markers, 10-Count
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POST-IT PAGE MARKERS, 10-COUNT

Price: $6 | Buy it
Ideal for high-schoolers or college kids slogging their way through thick textbooks, these brightly colored page markers make it easy to flip back to important info.

Sandisk 32GB Cruzer Dial Flash Drive
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SANDISK 32GB CRUZER DIAL FLASH DRIVE

Price: $8 | Buy it
Make it easy for kids to back up their work with a flash drive. This one has an eye-catching chevron pattern, and the connector is retractable using a small dial that can be attached to a key ring or lanyard.

Expo 2-in-1 Dry Erase Markers
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EXPO 2-IN-1 DRY ERASE MARKERS

Price: $7.50 | Buy it
Get two colors in each of these dual-sided dry-erase markers. The low-odor ink won't stink up a classroom, and the chisel tips work equally well for broad, medium, or fine lines.

room essentials cactus lunch bag
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ROOM ESSENTIALS CACTUS LUNCH BAG

Price: $8 | Buy it
This stylish lunch bag has a sophisticated, eye-catching design that will stand out in the cafeteria. It has a zippered top and insulated interior to keep food cool until it's time to chow down.

Up & Up 2-Pocket Plastic Folder With Prongs
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UP & UP 2-POCKET PLASTIC FOLDER WITH PRONGS

Price: 50 cents | Buy it
Load up on these inexpensive but durable polypropylene folders, which allow kids to stash papers in pockets or use center prongs. Choose from 10 solid colors.

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