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  • Shopping Update 7/9/2012: Staples, Walgreens + more

    Monday is my shopping day, and as the coordinator for our school’s back-to-school supply drive, I am excited that back-to-school sales have started!

    STAPLES

    The best back-to-school deals this week are definitely at Staples, but check out the full list of back-to-school sales here. I actually went to Staples yesterday afternoon and was surprised to see that many bins had already been emptied. They did seem to still have a good supply of penny and rebate items, but I wouldn’t expect them to last all week – I highly recommend getting there sooner rather than later if you’re interested.

    I’m going to stop by Target later today to check out their everyday back-to-school prices on basics like Crayola 24-packs. Last year, I believe they were $0.25 at some stores, which is my “buy enough for the whole class” price. I’ll have an update on that later.

    WALGREENS

    Walgreens has some really great back-to-school deals this week too. Unfortunately, my store didn’t have a lot of items in stock – it seems like they just haven’t gotten some of the advertised items in, including the $2.99 Elmer’s glue 6-pack and the 20-pack Wexford pencils. Additionally, they only had two of the 2-pocket Penway pocket folders that are 8/$1 with in-ad coupon.

    I had a Register Reward to spend on the supplies, so I asked the manager if she would substitute boxes of 24 Penway pencils that were on sale for $0.99. She agreed, so I was pretty happy. She also said that they’d be setting up their back-to-school aisle this week or next, depending on their available staffing. If your store is also out of advertised items, you might consider requesting a substitution or rain check.

    One note about the single Dove beauty bars that are on sale for $1 this week: They’re located with the body wash and soap, not the travel/trial section, but the printable coupon for $1.50/2 Dove products, excludes trial and travel sizes, beeped with the message “matching item not found.” The manager said it was because the single bars are considered travel or trial size, and refused to push the coupon through. Given how nice she’d been about the pencils – and my tendency to ask for lots of exceptions for the back-to-school sales to maximize my donations – I didn’t even consider arguing.

    Also, I completely forgot to check the price on the Ivory soap bars to see if they’d be free after the $1/1 coupon from the 7/1 P&G insert. Next time!

    RALPHS

    I’d seen a report at For the Mommas that Wisk detergent was included in the Mega Sale, and was $1.24 each after a $2/1 coupon and $5/$15 SavingStar offer. Unfortunately, here in SoCal we got a $1/1 Wisk coupon in the 6/10 Red Plum instead of the $2/1, but I wanted to check the price anyway. Surprisingly, it wasn’t even tagged for the Mega Sale at my store, even though participating items are usually the same at Kroger stores and its affiliates, though prices can vary dramatically by region. So I wonder if that’s something new that’s started with Kroger.

    Other Stores

    I made my weekly stops at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, where I buy the bulk of my weekly groceries and staples. Whole Foods had some beautiful organic cherries and grapes, both $3.99/lb – I had to get some, since my younger son recently requested them. And I was thrilled to find lychee at TJ’s – they’re $3.99 for a 14-oz container, and so sweet and delicious. (Yes, I’m having some right now, in fact!)

    I hoped this helps – happy shopping!


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