Getting ready for school isn't easy when shopping on a budget is a priority. Unfortunately, no matter what level of education someone is pursuing, they are going to need to spend some time and money getting the right supplies to succeed in their classes. From new bookbags and writing supplies to computers and other electronics, there is always something else that seemingly needs to be purchased. In order to prep for school the right way, students and parents need to know where to get the best school supplies at the most affordable price point. Before shopping, make sure to ask a few of the following questions.

My child is attending high school for the first time, what kind of backpack do they need?

Starting high school for the first time can be equal parts exciting and nervewracking! A backpack for high school needs to be able to carry a heavy load while providing a student with a little bit of style. Unfortunately, colorful backpacks with cartoon characters are a no-go at this point. With that being said, the Swissgear 18" Scan Smart TSA Laptop Backpack from Target is ideal for high school students with a lot to carry. This backpack costs just $69.99.

If my preschooler is starting their education, do they need a backpack?

Ultimately, that decision is going to be made by the parent. With that being said, it never hurts to get a child used to carrying a backpack. There are plenty of affordable backpacks that are appropriate for preschoolers. At Target, the 14" Call PAW Patrol Kid's Backpack is available for just $16.99. This vinyl backpack is lightweight, colorful, and perfect for carrying around a little bit of homework.

If I'm starting high school math classes, is there a specific calculator that I might need?

There is a wide variety of different math courses that high school students will be forced to take. In order to handle the majority of high school-level math classes, something like the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Programmable Graphic Calculator from Wal Mart might do the trick. This calculator costs $109.98 and can be shipped for free when purchased online.

Are there any ideal tablets for taking notes in college?

College is a whole different ballgame when it comes to keeping track of notes. Unlike in high school, most college professors are okay with having media devices in order to record notes. For college students who want something lightweight to track their classes, the RCA Viking Pro 10.1" Android 2-in-1 Tablet from Wal Mart can be the perfect solution. This tablet costs just $78 and features a lightweight, slim design. The thin keyboard is perfect for quietly recording notes while attending classes.

I need a full-fledged laptop that I can use to take online college classes, what is my most affordable option?

Depending on the college course, students might need a higher end computer. Fortunately, most college courses are relatively tame when it comes to computing requirements. The HP 15-BW053OD Laptop from Office Depot costs only $619.02 and it features enough computing power and memory to handle pretty much anything that school could throw at it.

What are the best composition books for high school notetaking?

Composition books are the best way to keep track of notes when students are in high school. Without a computer, a quality composition book will do the trick. At Office Depot, students can get their hands on the Office Depot Brand Quad Composition Book for just $0.49 per book thanks to a huge sale through the online Office Depot store.

What other school supplies should I keep in mind?

Most students spend their time jotting notes in class. Why not have the best pens available for the job? Students can get a hold of the Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens from Amazon for just $9.35 per pack of seven.

Is there anything that can help me keep track of my assignments?

The easiest way to succeed in school is to keep track of the work that needs to be done. Students can get a hold of the Jumbo Large Dry Erase Calendar Wall Hanging Display by Dapper Display for just $27.97 on Amazon.