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20 Under $20 Back to School Must Haves

Updated: Aug 3, 2022


Yep, it's about that time to start "thinking about" going back to school. As a teacher, I'm excited. Yay!


But as a parent, I get a little overwhelmed when it comes to back to school shopping. When my kids were in elementary school, they had 1 teacher and that meant 1 school supply list.


In middle school and high school, it gets a little complicated because your kid is dealing with so many teachers.


But you've come to the right place, because I have the best 20 back to school must haves for under $20.


These Items are guaranteed to be on every teachers supply list!


#1) Durable Backpack

Theses durable backpacks are a great start to any school supplies list, they come in an assortment of colors and have thick straps for shoulder and back support.


Note the keyword "DURABLE", I hate having to buy several backpacks in one school year. That's just me!


#2) Chrome Book or Mac Book Case

The school is probably going to give out chrome books or mac books, but what they will not give you is a computer case to carry it in. Now, you may be thinking, my kid can just throw it in the backpack........bad idea..... try this case for extra protection.


What I love about this case is it has handles, so that's awesome. But the best part and you can't beat this........the lifetime warranty!


#3) Pencil Case


This pencil case is next level. I can definitely get with the different compartments. It's designed to keep the messiest kid organized. No teacher can say "no" to a kid that literally has their stuff together.


This pencil case has a large capacity and is durable.


#4) Wireless Mouse



Take is from a teacher, your kid is going to need this. Yes, the chrome book they get has a built in mouse, but kids struggle with it, just like some of us adults. Sometimes it takes them longer to work with the built in mouse and they get frustrated.


This a easy way to make their load lighter and yours too, this mouse is rechargeable, so no extra money on batteries.


#5) Assorted Colored Pens


These gel pens are great for taking notes and dry quickly, so you don't have to worry about smearing ink on your paper.


This is a fun buy, but, helpful. Students take lots for notes in several classes, so these won't go to waste.



#6) Mechanical Pencils

Students love mechanical pencils, I think it makes them feel sophisticated or something.


The parent in me could care less about these, but the teacher in me is driven crazy by mechanical pencils.


They always seem to run out of lead when it's time to take notes! LOL! Kids love these things.


Why not let them live a little? As long as they are #2 mechanical pencils, no worries.


#7) Pencils

Never leave out a pack of good old fashioned pencils. When those mechanical pencils loose lead in the middle of taking notes, it's good to have a backup plan.


If your thinking, that's too many pencils, think again. Math teachers still require students to write in pencil. It's Math for crying out loud!


I'll pause any lesson for the sound of a pencil being freshly sharpened.


#8) Highlighters

Highlighters will never go out of style, good teachers require them. Students should take notes in just about every class.


No teacher can complain about a student that takes notes and knows how to highlight the main points.


Most teachers will teach students how to highlight the main points, so these will definitely come in handy for multiple classes.


#9) Markers

This is a must have for multiple classes. Art is not the only place your kid is going to have engaging projects and presentations.


Markers will be a great addition to your list and I guarantee will have use in more than 1 class.


#10) Color Pencils