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  • Best Back to School Deals: 7/10 – 7/16/11

    I’m helping out our school’s summer supply drive, so I’ve compiled this list of the best deals this week:

    Note: The limit of 2 does not apply to teachers with a teacher ID or who are registered as a teacher on their Staples Rewards account – you can get up to 25 of the sale items. The only exception is rebate items; those limits apply even to teachers.

    Staples Arrowhead Cap Erasers, pink, 12-pack $0.01 with $5 minimum purchase

    Bic Round Stic Ball Point Pens, black, 8-pack $0.01 with $5 minimum purchase

    Staples School Glue, 4-oz $0.01 with $5 minimum purchase

    Slider pencil case, assorted colors $0.25 (limit 2)

    BIC student choice mechanical pencils, 0.9 mm, 5/pack $0.25 (limit 2)

    Stickies 1/2-inch tape flags, assorted colors $0.25 (limit 2)

    2-pocket poly folder, assorted colors $0.25 (limit 2)

    Staples 8.5″ x 11″ multipurpose paper, 500 sheets/ream $0.25 after Easy Rebate (pay $5.99, get $5.74 rebate; limit 2)

    Staples mini stapler, assorted colors $1 (limit 2)

    Staples paper clips, pushpins and binder clips, assorted colors and sizes $1 (limit 2)

    Westcott 5″ scissors, 2/pack $1 (limit 2)

    Westcott Preferred 7″ scissors $1 (limit 2)

    Staples glue sticks, .26 oz., 4/pack $1 (limit 2)

    Staples 5.5″ x 4.25″ fat memo book, 200 sheets $1 (limit 2)

    Staples letter-size writing pad $1 (limit 2)

    Top-bound journal with pen, assorted colors $1 (limit 2)

    Post-it die-cut notes, 2/pack $1 (limit 2)

    Staples mini writing pads, legal ruled, 3.5″ x 5.25″, yellow, 3/pack $1 (limit 2)

    Staples 3-hole binder punch $1 (limit 2)

    Sharpie permanent markers, fine tip, black, 5/pack $1 (limit 2)

    Suggested Scenario

    This scenario worked great for me today, and after rebate, I’ll have paid less than $1 for everything:

    1 Staples multipurpose paper ream $5.99
    2 Staples Arrowhead Cap Erasers, pink, 12-pack $0.01 each
    2 Bic Round Stic Ball Point Pens, black, 8-pack $0.01 each
    2 Staples School Glue, 4-oz $0.01 each

    Pay: $6.05 + tax
    Receive: $5.74 Easy Rebate (the rebate information will print at the register when you make your purchase; I’ll write up an explanation of the Easy Rebates program soon – be sure to get the rebate receipt from the cashier)
    Final total: $0.31 + tax

    You can do this scenario twice since the rebate limit is two – you’ll end up paying $12.10 + tax out of pocket, and get back $11.48 via rebate.

    Note: Target Web Coupons state “one per transaction” so you may need to do multiple transactions if you have more than one coupon. (Some stores reportedly allow the use of more than one per transaction; mine does not.)

    Sharpie Permanent Markers, 2-count $1
    Use $1/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Item Target Web Coupon {possibly no longer available}
    FREE after coupon

    Crayola Classic Washable Markets, 8-count $2

    Poly Portfolio $0.50

    RoseArt Glue Sticks, 2-count $0.20

    RoseArt Washable School Glue, 4 oz $0.20

    Papermate Ball Point Pens, 10-count $1.02 – $1.07
    Use $1/1 Papermate Writing Utensil Target Web Coupon
    $0.02 – $0.07 after coupon

    Wet Ones, 15-count $0.99
    $0.50/1 Wet Ones Items Target Web Coupon
    $0.49 after coupon


    Caliber 1 Subject Notebook 70-80 Sheets 3/$1

    Caliber Pen/Ink Eraser 3/$1

    Caliber Pencil Sharpener 3/$1

    Caliber Ruler 3/$1

    Caliber 2-Pocket Folder $0.10

    Expo Dry Erase Markers, 4-count $1.99

    Sharpie Markers, 2-count or Twin-Tip 1-count $1.99

    Pilot Easy Touch Pen, 2-count $1


    Corner Office Mechanical Pencils, 3-pack $0.79

    Penway No. 2 Pencils, 24-pack $0.79

    Penway Kids Colored Pencils, 12-pack $0.79

    Dixon Variety Pack Pencils, 24-pack $0.99

    Ticonderoga Yellow Pencils, 10-pack $0.99

    Fiskars Scissors $0.99

    Elmer’s Glue Sticks, Jumbo or Twin Pack $0.99

    Elmer’s Glue All or School Glue $0.99

    Crayola Crayons, 24-pack $0.99

    Penway Composition Notebook $0.69 with in-ad coupon

    Corner Office Legal Pad or Index Cards $0.39 with in-ad coupon

    Penway Filler Paper $0.50 with in-ad coupon

    Penway 2-Pocket Folder with Prongs 8/$1 with in-ad coupon

    Office Depot has a program called Worklife Rewards (or Star Teacher for teachers), which gives 10% back on ink, toner, paper and copy/print services in form of Rewards that can be spent at Office Depot. You can join the program online or in store to get the deals below.

    Office Depot brand File Folders $6.99, get 100% back in Rewards

    Mr. Sketch Scented Markers, 12-pack $7.99, get 100% back in Rewards

    PaperPro Compact Stapler $9.99, get 100% back in Rewards

    Uni-Ball Vision Rollerball Pens, 12-pack, black $17.99, get 100% back in Rewards

    Officer Depot Brand Multipurpose Paper, 500-sheet ream $1 (pay $6.49 and get $5.49 prepaid Visa card after mail-in rebate)

    SanDisk 4GB Cruzer USB Flash Drive $9.99