50 Homeschool Supplies You Can Get for One Dollar

Don’t you just love the dollar store?

Homeschooling on a limited budget can be a tricky thing. Sure, the library and the internet are both great free resources, but it’s impossible to homeschool without a cache of supplies at your disposal. As a family of 12 living on one income, we usually only do any major school supply shopping twice a year, so the local dollar store has become our go-to place for those times we need to stock up but don’t have hundreds of dollars to do it.

Before I share with you the frugal deals we find there, I’m going to be honest and point out that there are some supplies that you should stay away from there because the quality just isn’t what it should be. There aren’t many, but I’m hoping to save you the trouble of purchasing these items there and regretting it later.  

3 Homeschool Supplies not to Get at the Dollar Store

Crayons- Dollar store crayons tend to be very waxy and break very easily

Pencil Sharpeners- Don’t waste your time; they don’t work.

Lead Pencils– The tips break off too easily, and they run out after about one hour.


50  Homeschool Supplies You Should Definitely Get at the Dollar Store

Pencils- Some people don’t like them, but they’re good enough when you’re in a bind.

Gel Pens

Foam Crafts

Foam stickers

Foam sheets– Can you tell we love to work with foam?


Glue sticks

Scotch tape

Masking tape

Duct tape

Magnetic tape

Whiteboard markers

Mini whiteboards


Pencil pouches

Play dough

Modeling clay

Finger paint

Washable paint

Paint brushes

Poster boards

Markers– We prefer the permanent markers, but we’ve used others with no problems.


Notebook paper


File folders– We use these all the time for lapbooks.

Subject dividers

Butcher paper– We use this for murals and other art projects.

Paper clips

Thumb tacks

Cotton balls– These are great for making snow, clouds, and fur.

Paper lunch bags– Puppets, anyone?

Googly eyes


Flash cards


Coloring books

Puzzle books


Picture books

Paper plates- These are great for making clocks and all sorts of crafts.

Drawing paper

Construction paper

Decorative printer paper

3-ring binders

Colored pencils

Playing cards


Storage bins

Index cards


The supplies that made this list are all things that we have bought from the dollar store, used, and found to be worth the trip. What supplies do you get for $1?


Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

31 thoughts on “50 Homeschool Supplies You Can Get for One Dollar”

  1. I’ve bought rulers, binder clips, erasers, and rubber bands at the dollar store. I think I’ve bought all the items you listed at one time or another and learned about the crayon quality first hand. I wish American dollar stores were more like the Canadian dollar stores we used to frequent when we lived in Canada. Their stuff is cuter! I still have Canadian dollar store scissors with fun prints on them.

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    1. Really Camie? I was just reading this thinking I wish our Dollar stores were actually $1.00 here in Canada. It is true years ago the stuff was better, cheaper (as in1.00) and lasted forever. Now it is 2-3.00 and breaks super quick 😦 We do get elastics, index cards, cheap markers for ink art and cute stickers there.

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      1. Well it has been a few years since I’ve lived in Canada, Lol and I know there were items higher that a dollar, but I was able to buy some quality toys for the church nursery back then, plus CUTE office supplies in fun colors and prints that aren’t available here.

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    2. I wanted to list binder clips but couldn’t remember what they were called! Next time. I’ve never been to a dollar store in Canada. (I haven’t been there since I was 3, and now that a passport is needed, I’ll probably never go because I don’t have one.) Scissors with prints on them sound cute, though!

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