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Searching for school supply bargains

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In this Back to School Report, we go hunting for bargains on school supplies.

Our journey to save you some cash took us to Meijer and Target in the Springhurst Shopping Center and Walmart near Westport Road.

Glue sticks, Crayons, and two pocket folders are just a few of the items on the JCPS Fundamental School Supply List. 
It's the master list used by every school in the district and it's broken down into three categories. Kindergarten through 2nd grade, grades 3 through 5 and grades 6 through 8. 

It took us several hours to buy every item on the list. And let me note that we did our best to buy the cheapest items we could find.

Here's the final tally.

Grades K-2

Meijer- $24.40
Target- $26.15
Walmart- $26.55

Grades 3-5

Walmart- $28.50
Meijer- $28.97
Target- $36.46

Grades 6-8

Target- $10.34
Meijer- $11.72
Walmart- $17.39

Here's what we took away from our shopping adventure. The price of typical school supplies at each store doesn't vary that much. It's the price of the larger items like backpacks where the bottom line starts to increase. Shoppers can really save money by avoiding brand name items and things like fancy folders. Shoppers can also cut financial corners by buying in bulk and checking the weekly sales.

Fundamental Supply List

K-2 List
    1 backpack-no wheels
    3 glue sticks
    24 pencils
    1 box 24 crayons
    1 box 8 washable markers
    5 notebooks (type [e.g., composition, spiral, steno] and color designated by school)*
    1 pencil box or pencil pouch (designated by school)*
    5 two-pocket folders (color designated by school)*
    1 pair of scissors

3-5 List
    1 backpack-no wheels
    3 glue sticks
    24 pencils
    1 box 24 crayons
    1 box 8 washable markers
    7 notebooks (type [e.g., composition, spiral, steno] and color designated by school)*
    1 pencil box or pencil pouch (designated by school)*
    5 two-pocket folders (color designated by school)*
    1 pair of scissors
    2 ink pens (color designated by school)*
    1 pack loose-leaf paper, wide-ruled

6-8 List
    1 pack loose-leaf paper
    1 box colored pencils or markers (designated by school)*
    7 notebooks (type [e.g., composition, spiral, steno] and color designated by school)*
    7 two-pocket folders (color designated by school)*
    24 pens/pencils (color designated by school)*

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