Online you are sure to find tons of options for school supplies. There is however some stores which cater exclusively to schools and these stores carry nothing but school supplies. What about the other regular stores like your local Wal-Mart and Target stores that also carry school supplies? Are the deals they offer really any? Read on to see what I found out when comparing these two competitors.
First lets take a look at the pros of each store. Starting with the school supply store we see that their prices are a lot more affordable. For example at CSN School.com, you will find that the prices for items like desks are a lot more affordable. As for stores like Wal-Mart and Target, one of the benefits is that you can actually go to the store and see the items in person. You can check to see if they are too big or small for your home, and see if it is really something you want. You will also have the ability to take a look at the quality of the items. Of course the fact that both stores have an online option, this really makes it easier to do shopping and look for special deals. I have also found that other stores like Wal-Mart offer free site to store shipping. This certainly makes it more affordable since you do not have to pay for shipping. Shopping at both of these options online also makes it easier for homeschoolers to purchase items that teachers use in the classroom. Many of these items come in handy when home schooling, but it does not necessarily mean that you are doing things exactly as the school is doing them.
The down side to school supply stores is that there prices are pretty set. You don’t see many markdowns or discounts unless an item is being discontinued. Of course this can vary depending on the school supply shop that you visit. Also many of the school supply stores have larger shipping costs than homeschoolers want to pay. I have also found that the school supply stores tend to run out of items a lot faster than the regular stores like Wal-Mart and Target. Of course many of the non – school supply stores like Wal-Mart do not offer special deals on school supplies throughout the year. The best deals are only during the back to school season. Unfortunately I have found that the quality of items at the school supply stores are so much better than the other stores. Of course you may be able to get crayons at Wal-Mart for twenty five cents, but if they break after the first use what’s the point. Even the pencils that you get fore cheap during the back to school season don’t hold up as good.