10 Unbeatable Back-to-School Finds at Costco, Sam's, and BJ's
Pencils, paper, notebooks, binders, backpack, lunchbox -- the list goes on and on as kids get ready to head back to school. When running all over to check items off, don't overlook Costco, Sam's Club, or BJ's Wholesale Club. The warehouse clubs sell more school supplies than you might expect, at prices lower than Amazon, Walmart, and other top competitors. Some deals are good enough that even consumers without kids might want to go back-to-school shopping.
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Paper for all those reports and essays runs about $25 for 4,000 sheets (just over $3 a ream, or 500 sheets) at Sam's Club for its Member's Mark brand. That matches a sale price for similar house-brand paper at Staples, but that deal is a limited-time discount off a regular price of $49 and limited to four boxes of paper, whereas Sam's Club sets no limitations.
A Crayola Creativity Kit for $20 at Costco comes with 110 pieces including crayons, markers, pencils, glue, scissors, and more, easily divvied up for school supplies (or to entertain kids as young as 3). This set also might be good to have in the gift closet for the seemingly countless birthday parties coming during the school year. The same price at Walmart buys a set with only 90 pieces.
Costco has stocked up on High Sierra backpacks in many different colors, now selling for $20. The same backpack on Amazon costs $31 and up depending on the color. (Note that Costco doesn't list the backpacks online, so the selection is based entirely on what a local store carries.)
Costco often carries popular kids' (and adult) clothing brands far below the cost at other retailers. During the back-to-school rush, Costco is offering Lee jeans for kids for just $9 (normally $12) with free shipping for online orders. This deal makes it even cheaper to stock up on children's denim than Old Navy's back-to-school sale featuring $10 jeans.
With chilly fall weather on the way, a lightweight, fleece-lined London Fog jacket is $17 at Costco in three colors. This is a good deal compared with Walmart, which has one style in two colors for $25. Additionally, raincoats for boys and girls in many different colors and designs are going for $16 at Costco.
Learning works up an appetite. Sam's Club makes it more affordable with a Planters variety pack of 24 individually wrapped snack bags for $10, or just over 40 cents a pack. These are perfect for slipping in a lunchbox or leaving out for kids to grab as an after-school snack. With this deal, Sam's Club has undercut even corporate sibling Walmart, which stocks the same product for $13.
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