Phoenix Stores With Back-to-School Sales and Bargains

Shopping for school supplies in big box store

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Kindergarten through high school students in Arizona typically start their summer vacation in mid to late May, so Arizona kids begin going back to school in late July.

Besides school zones and school buses, and dropoff zones, and switching from "I'm bored" to "I hate homework" you have another challenge: shopping for school supplies. Below are five retailers that have locations all over the Valley of the Sun where you can cash in on some bargains if you haven't done your back-to-school shopping yet. If your focus is clothing and shoes for your brand-conscious teen, your best bet might be one of the local outlet malls.


Walgreens is a pharmacy, but they also carry a lot of items your kids can use. Look for Back to School ad specials like:

  • Spiral notebooks and notebook filler paper
  • Highlighters
  • Book covers
  • Notebooks and pocket portfolios
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Art supplies
  • Tape, glue, erasers, and sharpeners


Target might surprise you if you haven't been there in a while. They have quite a large assortment of apparel, electronics, housewares and such for reasonable prices. Look for Back to School ad specials like:

  • Spiral notebooks and portfolios
  • Highlighters, glue pencils, markers
  • Backpacks
  • USB flash drives
  • Shorts, shirts, underwear
  • Athletic wear and uniforms

Office Depot/Office Max

You won't find clothing here, but the selection of school supplies will be bigger, including higher quality items than you might find elsewhere. Several items are buy one, get one for free. Look for Back to School ad specials like:

  • Spiral notebooks, binders, portfolios
  • Highlighters, crayons, markers, pens
  • Backpacks and bags
  • USB flash drives
  • Erasers, scissors
  • Flash drives, external hard drives
  • Computer paper
  • Desks and chairs

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Big 5 isn't as glitzy as some of the other large sporting goods stores, but if you are looking for some name-brand athletic wear it might be cheaper here. Look for Back to School ad specials like:

  • Athletic shoes
  • Sandals, dress shoes, hiking shoes
  • Athletic apparel
  • Backpacks and bags
  • Watches, stopwatches
  • Athletic gloves, bags, balls, protective gear


Kohl's isn't as expensive as Macy's or those teen clothing stores at the mall. There are almost always great sales on everyday clothing, accessories, and items for your home. Look for Back to School ad specials in Phoenix including:

  • Little kids and teen apparel
  • Accessories, underwear
  • Name brand sandals, dress shoes, hiking shoes, boots
  • Shorts, jeans, tees
  • Backpacks and bags
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