Favorite Classroom Buys Under $5 at Walmart

You’re really going to love the $1 and $3 items.

inexpensive Walmart classroom buys

This Back to School season, we’re sure of two things: 1) You’re on a budget. 2) You need items for teaching. With this list of inexpensive classroom buys from Walmart, we’ve got you covered on both fronts.


If you’ve never taught with a pointer before, you don’t know what you’re missing. Calendar time and the number chart just got a whole lot easier with these adorable pointers available in a pencil, heart, and cloud design. And at just $1, this is a steal! 

Name Plates

A pack of desktop nametags for $1? Yes, please. Take your pick of one of three designs.

Hall Passes

Don’t be the teacher who uses a giant cardboard tube. With this little set, you get a pass board plus four passes in your choice of three designs. All for $3!

Bulletin Board Border

We’ve been waiting for this $1 border! We love the crayons pictured above, but the stars and rainbows are also great!

Bulletin Board Accents

For $1, you can get these pieces to jazz up your bulletin board. This set is so cute, but you can also get space-themed accents and multi-colored puzzle pieces.


You can also get a pack of these reward certificates for $1. It has blanks for the honoree’s name, what awesome thing they did, your name, and the date. We’re also fans of the kindness award and congratulations certificates.

Weekly Planner

A pad like this is a super helpful way to plan out your week, and at $1, it’s way cheaper than a planner.

Desk Calendar

Every teacher needs a desk calendar to keep track of upcoming tests, field trips, assemblies, and days off. This one is just $3 and comes in three different designs. Plus, sticky notes!

Assorted Dry Erase Markers

In this pack, you get three colors for $1. Plus, they have both fine tip (perfect for individual whiteboards) and chisel (for the big whiteboard).

Assorted Highlighters

You can get these beauties in pocket or jumbo sizes for just $1.

Colors of the World Crayons

This crayon set includes 24 specially formulated colors representing people of the world and 8 classic crayons for coloring eyes and hair. Can you say self-portraits?

Half Composition Notebooks

We know you love composition notebooks, but you probably don’t love going to the hardware store to get them cut in half. For $4.64 you can get a pack of ten half notebooks. You’re welcome.

File Crate

Storage is always an issue. But at $3.77, you can afford to get one of these file crates in every color: white, jade, mauve, blue, and burgundy. 

Large Book Bin

Speaking of storage, we’re betting your classroom library could use a facelift. Try these book bins. They’re only $1.94 apiece, and they come in six bright colors.

Cubby Bin

Keep cubbies from getting messy in the first place with a set of these colorful cubby bins, just $1.94 each.

Supply Caddy

What a great way to keep each student’s school supplies organized and separate. This is another great buy at $1.94.

To grab these awesome classroom buys, visit your local Walmart or check out their online Teacher Shop.

Visit the Walmart Teacher Shop


Posted by Kimmie Fink

Kimmie is an editor at WeAreTeachers. She has 13 years of classroom teaching experience and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

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