It's hard to believe that summer is over but as the kids head back to school and start classes they'll be needing school and art supplies. We have gathered the best deals and insider tips for back to school shopping in and around Johns Creek. 

Tip #1 Utilize The Dollar Store for Savings on Specific Items

The Dollar Store is the perfect place to purchase basic calculators, clipboards, planners and combination locks since you likely won’t find these items for cheaper at any major retailer. The Dollar Tree closest to Johns Creek is located at 5805 State Bridge Rd #300 in Duluth.

Tip #2 Buy Markers and Paint Supplies at Michaels or Jo-Ann’s

Michaels and Jo-Ann’s both have mobile apps that offer weekly coupons ranging from 25% off your entire purchase or 40% off one regular-priced item. Coupons are also available for download on the websites for both stores. According to Krazy Coupon, both stores also allow multiple coupons per transaction as long as they’re different types of coupons. For example, you can stack dollar-off coupons with a percentage off coupons from a different source (mobile app or hard copy coupon). The closest Michaels is located at 3630 Peachtree Pkwy Ste 400 in Suwanee and Jo-Ann’s is located at 965 North Point Drive in Alpharetta.

Tip #3 Shop at Target or Walmart for One-Stop Shopping Savings

The best place for one-stop school shopping is you guessed it - either Target or Walmart. Target’s Up and Up brand has crayons, glue, washable markers, two-packs of glue sticks and much more at discounted prices. Don’t forget to download the Target app to check for even more savings. Target is located at 5950 State Bridge Rd in Duluth.

Walmart offers backpacks for a great price they've even been known to sell them for $2.77- yes you read that right, $2.77. Additional rollback Walmart savings include Cra-Z-Art Washable Watercolors, Schoolworks Kids Scissors, Cra-Z-Art Super Washable Markers, Papermate Pens and pocket folders for deeply discounted prices. Walmart is located at 5200 Windward Pkwy in Alpharetta.