Buying homeschool supplies in bulk allows you to take advantage of the wholesale rates offered by vendors. There are always some things that you will need in the homeschool classroom irrespective of the grades your children are in. Here is a list of some common things that you could stock up on in bulk at the beginning of the school year. Thereby avoiding hassles of shopping in the middle of the school year for supplies, as well as making sure that you get a decent discounted price.
Stuff to write with: Pencils,sharpeners, erasers, pens, sketch pens, sharpies, fluorescent markers, markers and more. Getting packets of these items will definitely work out well for the long run. Plus they are an absolute no-brainer when it comes to stocking up the homeschool supplies.
Stuff to colour and craft with: Crayons, Oil pastels, scissors, glue, water colours, paints, brushes, construction paper, large sheets to draw on, hole punches, zig zag scissors, duct tape, transparent tape, masking tape. Actually there is no end to the amount of stuff that you can get for arts and crafts, so consider the activities that you plan to take on in the academic year before making your purchases.
Stuff to help you stay on track: Post its, sentence strips, lamination machine, white board, white board markers, white board dusters/ erasers, wooden clothes pins (yes they can come in really handy while organizing sheets of homework) and anything else specific that you may need to make it through with your sanity in the homeschool year.
Now that you have your list of homeschooling supplies ready, consider where you want to purchase them. While you are sure to have a local store who will give you a discount on the bulk order, it is a good idea to scout out the online places like Educents.com or 4Knowledge-4fun in order to get the best possible price. If you are part of a homeschool coop, you may like to check if members are interested in combining their orders with yours to get a larger inventory to purchase. Usually the more people who club their orders, the better discounts you can expect.