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

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PENCIL IN SOME DEALS

You may not be done with lazy pool days, but the nation's biggest retailer, Walmart, is already geared up for back-to-school shopping. Like rival Target, note that some of Walmart's cheapest back-to-school deals are available only in store (think composition notebooks or packs of loose-leaf paper for under a dollar). Still, there are plenty of great buys online, and these are some of the best.

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

Texas Instruments Ti-84 Plus Graphing Calculator
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS TI-84 PLUS GRAPHING CALCULATOR

Price: $88 | Buy it
A graphing calculator is a pricey must for high-school math. This 10-function model includes split-screen abilities and can connect to computers with an included USB cable.

Paper Mate Write Bros. Mechanical Pencils
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PAPER MATE WRITE BROS. MECHANICAL PENCILS, 20-COUNT

Price: $3 | Buy it
The convenience of a mechanical pencil is undeniable, with new lead just a click away. These inexpensive Paper Mates have smudge-resistant erasers and take 0.7 mm lead.

Zipit Grillz Large Backpack
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ZIPIT GRILLZ LARGE BACKPACK

Price: $25 | Buy it
This irreverent backpack will have other kids doing double-takes in the hall. Available in six colors, it has a padded back and adjustable straps for comfort.

Westcott 5-Inch Blunt Kids' Scissors
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WESTCOTT 5-INCH BLUNT KIDS' SCISSORS, 6-COUNT

Price: $6 | Buy it
Whether you're buying for siblings or a whole classroom, these colorful scissors clock in at just over a dollar a piece. They have a kid-friendly blunt tip and are suitable for left- and right-handers.

Peerless Plastics Kindermat
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PEERLESS PLASTICS KINDERMAT

Price: $10 | Buy it
Preschoolers who get an in-school siesta will appreciate this comfy nap mat, and parents will appreciate the low price. The vinyl cover is easy to clean and disinfect with soap and water.

George Girls' Uniform Skirt and Leggings Set
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GEORGE GIRLS' UNIFORM SKIRT AND LEGGINGS SET

Price: $7 | Buy it
Perfect for girls who want to mix and match, or for chilly days when they want a little extra coverage, this "skeggings" set provides options. The comfy cotton-poly blend also includes a touch of spandex.

Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers
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PAPER MATE PINK PEARL ERASERS, 3-COUNT

Price: $1.50 | Buy it
The gold standard among erasers, these latex-free Pink Pearls help kids clean up their work without leaving smudges or tearing paper. They're big enough for small hands to grip easily.

Crayola Colored Pencils
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CRAYOLA COLORED PENCILS, 12-COUNT

Price: $1 | Buy it
Parents of younger kids will want to load up on these teacher-approved Crayola colored pencils — they're pre-sharpened, preschool-ready, and under a buck.

Great Value Disinfecting Wipes
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GREAT VALUE DISINFECTING WIPES

Price: $9 | Buy it
Chip in to help keep your kid's classroom as germ-free as possible, but soften the blow to your budget by skipping the name brands. These Great Value wipes kill just as many viruses and bacteria, and they come in two fresh scents.

Boon Bento Butterfly Lunchbox
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BOON BENTO BUTTERFLY LUNCHBOX

Price: $20 | Buy it
Innovative and adorable, this silicone lunch box includes a multi-compartment interior for plenty of different finger foods, a reusable ice pack, and stretchable exterior straps where parents can stash napkins and utensils.

One Step Up Girls' Bike Shorts
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ONE STEP UP GIRLS' BIKE SHORTS, 2-COUNT

Price: $6.50 | Buy it
Made with a soft, stretchy knit, these bike shorts are a comfy layering piece for girls who love skirts, but want to be able to run, jump, and cartwheel their way across the playground like normal.

Case-It The X-Hugger Binder
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CASE-IT THE X-HUGGER BINDER

Price: $27 | Buy it
High-schoolers who don't want to lug their backpacks around everywhere may love this mega-binder, which includes accessory pouches, an expanding file folder, and elasticized exterior straps for textbooks, notebooks, or other gear.

Lego Gel Pens
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LEGO GEL PENS, 9-COUNT

Price: $20 | Buy it
There are cheaper pens out there, but these colorful gel pens will please Lego fans with their buildable surface where kids can attach favorite mini figures or other small creations.

Fiskars Compass and Protractor Set
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FISKARS COMPASS AND PROTRACTOR SET

Price: $2 | Buy it
Inexpensive and lightweight, this shatter-resistant compass and protractor are easy on the budget but plenty functional for geometry class.

Zipit Impact 3-Ring Pencil Case
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ZIPIT IMPACT 3-RING PENCIL CASE

Price: $9 | Buy it
This playful crack-resistant softshell pencil case has ample room for small school supplies such as pens, erasers, and scissors. It comes in four colors and is even machine washable if it gets grimy.

Hanes Boys Ecosmart Fleece Full Zip Hoodie
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HANES BOYS ECOSMART FLEECE FULL ZIP HOODIE

Price: $9 | Buy it
Hoodies are a must for chilly mornings at the bus stop or on the playground, but they're also the first thing to crowd the lost and found. For under $10, this one will keep a kid warm, but with a price tag that makes it a little less devastating if it goes missing.

Westcott Ipoint Ball Battery Pencil Sharpener
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WESTCOTT IPOINT BALL BATTERY PENCIL SHARPENER

Price: $13 | Buy it
Make homework time go a little more smoothly with a reliable pencil sharpener. This one is battery-operated and does the job quickly with double-bladed technology.

Five Star Advanced 3-Subject Notebook
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FIVE STAR ADVANCED 3-SUBJECT NOTEBOOK, 2-COUNT

Price: $8 | Buy it
Older kids can step up their organizational game with these 150-sheet college-ruled notebooks that come with movable pocket dividers, an integrated pen loop, and a spiral-binding guard that's easy to grip.

Wonder Nation Boys' Short-Sleeve Double Pique Polo
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WONDER NATION BOYS' SHORT-SLEEVE DOUBLE PIQUE POLO, 2-COUNT

Price: $9 | Buy it
Whether polos are a uniform must or just a simple wardrobe staple, these pique cotton shirts are tagless for comfort, and it's hard to beat the two-for-under-$10 price point.

School Smart Double-Beveled Wood Ruler
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SCHOOL SMART DOUBLE-BEVELED WOOD RULER

Price: $1.50 | Buy it
No need to overpay for the basics. This wooden ruler has a metal edge, pencil groove, and a clear lacquer finish for durability. Need metric measurements? They're included.

Eastport Multi-Purpose Clear Backpack
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EASTPORT MULTI-PURPOSE CLEAR BACKPACK

Price: $10 | Buy it
If clear backpacks are a school requirement, this two-compartment Eastport fits the bill. It includes padded shoulder straps, a top carrying handle, and a lash tab to secure extra gear.

Crayola Washable Kids' Paint Pot Set
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CRAYOLA WASHABLE KIDS' PAINT POT SET

Price: $3 | Buy it
Budding artists can let their creativity loose with this 18-color set of Crayola paints. A paintbrush is included, and stains wash away easily from skin and clothing.

BYO Modern Chevron Rambler Lunch Bag
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BYO MODERN CHEVRON RAMBLER LUNCH BAG

Price: $8.50 | Buy it
Sleek and modern, this vibrant neoprene lunch bag has a soft-grip handle and sturdy zippered top to keep food where it needs to be. No worries if it gets a little grimy — the whole thing can be thrown in the washer.

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