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School supply deals 7/29

Posted July 30, 2012

The office supply, drug stores, big box stores and more have some great school supply deals this week! Now is the time to stock up on the lowest prices of the year! And remember, the tax-free holiday is this weekend from August 3 - August 5th.

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I’ll have a consolidated list for you each week until the great deals subside in about 8 weeks.

Some stores offer excellent deals but require a minimum purchase like $5. Some stores offer great deals after rebates. Most will only let you get a certain number of each good deal.

Teacher Discounts: Some stores will allow teachers with ID to get larger quantities, so ask if that is an option, if you are a teacher (including homeschoolers).

Please post if you find any other deals!


1 cent deals with $5 minimum purchase: Staples paper clips 100 pack (limit 2), 2 pocket paper folder (limit 10), pocket tissues (limit 6)

BIC mechanical pencils, 5 pack, .25

Prang chalk, 12 pack, .25

Staples poly cover composition book or 1 subject notebook, limit 6, 50 cents

Avery 1” binder (limit 2), $1

Staples multipurpose paper, $1 after $5.99 Easy Rebate

Coupon for $4 off $50 or more purchase in ad on page 1

PNY Attache USB flash drive, 8 GB, $5.99

Backpacks 25% - 50% off

Office Depot

Office Depot brand folders, 1 cent each, limit 10

Hand sanitizer with grip, 25 cents

Composition books, 25 cents

Scholastic crayons, 25 cents

Ballpoint pens 10 pack, 25 cents

Scholastic glue, 2 pack $1

Highlighters 3 pack, $1

Swiss Gear backpack, $10.00


Office Max

FREE crayons, ruler and sharpener after $5 minimum purchase, limit 2 of each free

All backpacks and messenger bags, 1 cent after MaxPerks bonus rewards (regular prices $11.99 - $139.99), limit 2

Pencils 10 pack, limit 2, 10 cents each

Papermate ballpoint pens, limit 3, 10 pack, 10 cents each

Glue sticks 4pack, 50 cents

Filler paper, 100 sheets, 50 cents

Poly 3-fastener folders, limit 5, 50 cents

Clear zipper binder pocket, limit 5, 50 cents


Cra-Z-Art crayons 24 count, .25 – good deal!

Cra-Z-ArtGlue sticks 3 count, .25 – good deal!

Fiskars ruler 12”, .25

Cra-Z-Art colored pencils, 12 count, .50 – good deal!

Cra-Z-Art washable markers, 10 count, .50

Filler paper, 150 sheets, .82

Nylon zipper binder pouch, .97

Sterilite pencil box, .97

5-Tab erasable dividers, .97

Mead Primary Journal, 100 sheets, $2.44 (a number of blog readers have been looking for these journals and here they are)

(Walmart has Target beat this week on most school supply prices but here are a few deals from the ad)

$1 items: Pencils 10 count, pencil sharpener, Pink erasers 3 count, Washable markers 8 count, Paints 16 count

Ball point pens 10 count, .94

((Walmart has Kmart beat this week on most school supply prices but here are a few deals from the ad)

Crayola markers $1

Crayola colored pencils, 12 count, $1

Composition books, $1

Index cards, 300 count, $1

Sharpies, 2 count, $1


Mini highlighter, .15 with in-ad coupon

2 pocket portfolio with or without wings, 3 for $1 with in-ad coupon

Pencil case, index cards, .39 with in-ad coupon

Scissors, .49 with in-ad coupon

Glue sticks 3 pack, .49

Colored pencils, 12 pack, .69


Top Flight spiral notebook, 70 sheets, .19

Crayola crayons, 24 count, .39

Top Flight composition book, .50Pencils, sharpener, eraser, .50

Toys R Us

Crayola crayons, 24 count, 4 for $1.00

Crayola colored pencils, 12 count, $1

Scissors, $1.00

Five Below has a number of school supplies on sale this week as well. Prices start at $1.00.



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  • marybethwright06 Jul 31, 2012

    Thanks Faye ;)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 31, 2012

    Marybeth - Office Max max perks are not like register rewards from Walgreens. Register rewards print out as a coupon right after the purchase and you can spend them right away. Max Perks do not work that way. Rewards are issued at the end of the month following the month you earned the reward. Here is all the info about the program from their website:


    Thanks for all the crayon comments. I never noticed that the colors on non-Crayola were not always accurate. Learned something new!

  • marybethwright06 Jul 31, 2012

    Is max perks similar to a register reward? If not, how does it work?

  • mllhughes Jul 30, 2012

    Please be careful buying generic crayons, many of the colors are very difficult to tell if they are actually red, green, etc. until you start coloring and realize it doesn't look right. I teach kindergarten and so many little ones get confused by the difference in the colors. Crayola is very distinctive and this is what I request my students bring to school.

  • WakkaWakka Jul 30, 2012

    If you want to buy American, Crayola is the way to go. I don't know where the other brands are made.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 30, 2012

    I have been buying the off brand crayons for years and as fast as they break them/lose them in school - saving 1/2 off the name brand is worth it to me! LOL Even when we homeschooled for a few years we still bought the off brand and the kids didn't mind. We have bought the Staples brand glue sticks for a couple years as well and they seemed to work fine for their needs. I guess it depends on the off-brand.

    Thanks for the binder catch, kellygirl! I'll change the price now.

    tahmorris - no stores that I know of will take a $3 off $10 coupon for Tide. Some Harris Teeter stores will accept a CVS ECB for a total off your total order (like $4 off a $20 order), but most will not. None will take a competitors coupon for a specific item according to their policy. Hope that helps. :-)

  • Kellygirl1991 Jul 30, 2012

    The Staples 1" binder is actually $1.

  • justme463 Jul 30, 2012

    I agree about the quality of the off-brands. I had purchased some glue sticks (I think they were Rose Art) and nothing would stick - it would all fall off after a short time! I have notice quality issues with crayons as well.

  • tahmorris Jul 30, 2012

    Can someone remind me of the stores that will accept the CVS extracare/coupon? I have for $3 of $10 purchase of Tide. Thanks!

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Jul 30, 2012

    Faye - the only thing about the Rose Art and other off-brands is that the quality is not nearly as good as Crayola or Elmers. I know this because as a homeschool mom I buy the lesser known brands sometimes, and then I regret it later. Just my own opinion...