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WRAL SmartShopper

Back-to-school deals 8/11!

Posted August 11, 2013


There are some super back-to-school deals this week! You'll find plenty of 1 cent deals including some that are a penny after rewards such as notebooks, folders, batteries, labels, Post-It notes, binders, dividers and more!

For some tips on keeping back-to-school spending in check, see the article in the box above.

A HUGE thanks goes out to Stephanie (Stephlw here on the blog) for putting together the following list of office store back-to-school deals again this week!  She is a teacher and puts together a list for her fellow teachers during the summer when the back-to-school deals are so great.  She graciously shared her list with us this week. THANK YOU STEPHANIE!!!!

Office Supply Stores


1 cent deals -- Spiral 1-subject notebooks, pocket pack of tissues with $5 purchase

Pilot Retractable pens FREE after easy rebate ($5.29 and get $5.29 back)

White erasers (these are fantastic) -- 50 cents

Large plastic pencil boxes -- 50 cents

Paper dividers -- 25 cents

$1 -- Bic Brite Liner Grip Highlighters 5-pack (better deal at OfficeMax), memo clipboard, 4-pack glue sticks - $1 Bic coupon from 8/4 SS = FREE

FREE after coupon in paper & easy rebate -- Pastel ream of paper (otherwise $3 -- limit one at free), Hammermill copy paper, and Staples photo paper -- GREAT donation items! Schools always need paper!

Office Max

1 cent deals -- 100 index card packs or 100 sheet filler paper

50 cent deals -- composition books, office max markers, office max glue sticks, BIC pens, and Papermate pencils

5 cent deals -- Metal compass and plastic protractors (great deal on protractors)

Maxperks Bonus Rewards Deals -- 1 cent after rewards -- remember that Office max rolls rewards so you can use them to get more rewards! You have to pay the money up front and are rewarded 1-3 months after wards depending on rewards type.

Duracell Batteries $16.99-16.98 in rewards = 1 cent!!

Avery Labels 5160 (3,000 pack!)-- $26.99-26.98 in rewards = 1 cent!!

Post-it Notes 3x3 yellow 10 pack $16.79-16.78 in rewards = 1 cent!!

1" OfficeMax binders $9.99-9.98 in rewards = 1 cent!!

Ready Index Dividers $2.99-2.98 in rewards = 1 cent!!

Officemax 1, 3, or 5 subject spiral notebooks = 1 cent after rewards!!!!

Office Depot

1 cent deals - paper folders

$3 ream of color paper (better deal at Staples since the reams are 3x as big for same price this week!)

50 cent deals -- scholastic glue sticks (these don't last as long), 2-pack dry erase markers, 1" poly-binder, Office Depot highlighters 3-pack

$1 deals -- Fiskars kids scissors, pencil case, post-it notes die-cut sticky notes, School glue, Foray retractable pens, Office depot mechanical pencils, plastic ruler, 72-pack pencil cap erasers, Scotch puffy adhesive, hand soap, sandwich bags

$3 -- Office depot clipboard, BIC crystal 24-pack pens, Crayola 20-pack markers, expo board cleaner

Drug Stores:


Designer pencils, 8 for $1, limit 16

Wexford 2-pocket folder, 7 for $1.00

49-cent deals: Paper Mate mechanical pencils 10 pack, Wexford scissors 5 in, Highlighter, 1-subject notebook

Wexford slider pencil case, limit 3, .49 with in-ad coupon

Penway colored pencils, 12 pack, limit 3, .69 with in-ad coupon

Wexford glue sticks, 3 pack, .69 with in-ad coupon, limit 3

Elmer’s Glue 4 oz or glue sticks 2 pack, .79 with in-ad coupon, limit 3 (I have seen these for .50 at various stores this season)

Sharpie highlighters 1 pack, .79 with in-ad coupon

Sharpie neon permanent marker, .99 with in-ad coupon

99-cent deals: select book covers, steno book, writing tablet, index tab divider with pockets 5 pack, zipper pouches for binders, pencil sharpener, compass and protractor set, 3-subject notebook or composition book, Bic grip pens 8 pack
Coupon: $1 Bic coupon from 8/4 SS = FREE (the store should reduce the coupon amount to .99 to make the product free)

Wexford pocket calculator, $1.49 with in-ad coupon, limit 3

Backpacks or tote bags, BOGO

Mead notebooks or portfolios, BOGO

School supply drive through 8/24. According to the ad, they will be accepting donated school supplies and 100% of donations will go to the Kids in Need Foundation and local schools.

Rite Aid

BIC Wite-Out or Crsital Pens, .99 - $1 coupon from 8/4 SS = FREE!

29-cent deals: Reaser caps, poly or paper portfolios, sliding pencil case, sharpener, ruler, sheet protectors, kid scissors, Playskool crayons, glue, index cards, Sharpie marker

79-cent deals: Elmers Glue and glue sticks, fashion portfolios, pencils 10 count, neon posterboard or 5 pack of white, tear drop erasers 2 pack, book covers

Assorted backpacks, totes, Master Lock locks, BOGO


$5 classroom gift card when you spend $20 or more on specially marked items. Valid through 8/17. Once you make the qualifying purchase, a coupon will print at the end of the receipt for the gift card. Give the cashier the coupon and he/she will process it and give you a CVS gift card. Limit 2 per cardholder. No rainchecks
There are some BIC products BOGO included in the participating items and there is a $1 coupon from 8/4 SS

Big Box and Grocery stores


White index cards, 100 count, .48
1 subject bound notebook, .97

Erasable dividers, 5 tab Wilson Jones, .97

Neon index cards, 100 count, .97

3-subject notebooks, $1.44

5-subject notebook, $1.94

OPP basic backpack, $4.88



4-pack Mead 5-star folders = 50 cents -- GREAT deal!

2 for $2 -- binder pockets with velcro (decent deal since I never see these on sale) or paper dividers by Up and Up, Up & Up 24 ct. pencils, 6 pack erasers, 1" 3-ring binder,



BIC round stick pen, 10 pack, .75 - $1 coupon from 8/4 SS

Shatterproof rulers, 10 cents after $5 minimum purchase in the store, limit 3

Fashion portfolios or 70 coutn notebooks, .50

$1 deals: Filler paper, Bic Cristal pens 10 count - $1 coupon from 8/4 SS

Character backpacks with detachable lunch kit, $10


Paper Mate pens, 10 pack, 3 for $1

Bic mechanical pencils, 10 count, $1.99 - $1 coupon from 8/4 SS = .99









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  • dlphnbabe12 Aug 15, 2013

    Moo-you might be able to print the Staples coupons from their online weekly ad.

  • moo Aug 11, 2013

    Can someone help me with where the coupons are to make the Staples paper deals work out to free? I don't see them in my ad.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 11, 2013

    Thanks for the heads up Steph. I just made the changes. And thank you again for sending us your list of office deals!

    paintbananas - not sure on this deal, but usually it includes both pronged and non-pronged folders. You can always call the store to ask, though.

  • aneal426 Aug 11, 2013

    If anyone plans to use the target web coupon it is only for one item. If the coupon exceeds the item they will just make it free with no overages. I got caught in not reading carefully. Coupon 101 right...

  • stephlw Aug 11, 2013

    Faye -- SO embarrassed but I got some of the Office Max deals wrong. My computer pulled up a different state's ad which is different from ours. I will email you the right list. SOOOOOO sorry!

  • paintbananas Aug 11, 2013

    Do you know if any of the folder deals, especially the 1-cent ones, include the folders with the 3 prongs/fasteners?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 11, 2013

    Thanks aneal!

  • aneal426 Aug 11, 2013

    FYI there is a target web coupon for $1.50 off up & up school supplies item.