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  • My Staples Moneymaker Transaction 7/25/2012

    Staples logoI popped into Staples today and decided to buy all of the rebate and penny items in one fell swoop so that I could take advantage of the $5 off $30+ purchase coupon in the weekly ad. So I bought:

    1 Zebra Mechanical Pencils 10-pack @ $4
    1 Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens 5-pack @ $4
    2 Staples Multipurpose Paper Ream @ $6.99 each
    1 HP Everyday Photo Paper 50-pack @ $9.99
    2 Staples Pink Cap Erasers 12-pack @ $0.01 each
    2 Staples Ruled 3×5 Index Cards 100-pack @ $0.01 each

    Subtotal: $32.01 + tax
    Total after coupon: $27.01 + tax

    Will Receive Easy Rebates – Zebra Mechanical Pencils 10-pack – $4; Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens 5-pack – $4; Staples Multipurpose Paper Ream – 2 x $5.99; HP Everyday Photo Paper 50-pack – $8.99

    Total Rebate: $28.97
    Pre-tax profit: $1.96

    I paid $2.36 in sales tax, so my actual cost was $0.40 for all of these items. Not bad at all, and I picked up some items we will use and some items that I can give to my sons’ teachers when school starts. :)

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    Best Back to School Deals: 7/22 – 7/28/2012

    I’m helping out our school’s summer supply drive by putting together a list of the week’s best back to school deals – I update this list throughout the week as more deals become available. This list is based on ads for the Los Angeles area. If you’re not local, you may want to check your ad to see if your offers are the same.

    STAPLES

    You can learn about Staples Easy Rebates and Staples Rewards here. If you’re a teacher, you can get Staples Rewards for Extreme Deals you purchase in addition to the maximum limit offered to other customers.

    Extreme Deals

    Staples Pink Cap Erasers 12-pack 1 cent with $5 minimum purchase
    Limit 2

    Staples Ruled 3×5 Index Cards 100-pack 1 cent with $5 minimum purchase
    Limit 2

    Note: Penny items do not count toward the $5 minimum.

    Click here to see the rest of this week’s Back to School Deals

    Best Back to School Sales: 7/15 – 7/21/2012 *Updated*

    I’m helping out our school’s summer supply drive by putting together a list of the week’s best back to school deals. This list is based on ads for the Los Angeles area. If you’re not local, you may want to check your ad to see if your offers are the same.

    STAPLES

    You can learn about Staples Easy Rebates and Staples Rewards here. If you’re a teacher, you may be able to purchase more than the listed limit of penny items – ask in-store about exceptions.

    Staples 8.5×11 Writing Pad 1 cent with $5 minimum purchase
    Limit 2

    Avery Insertables 5-tab Dividers 1 cent with $5 minimum purchase
    Limit 2

    Bic Matic-Grip mechanical pencils 5-pack FREE after Easy Rebate
    Pay $4.29 + tax, Receive $4.29 rebate; Limit 1

    Staples Multipurpose Paper Ream $1 after Easy Rebate
    Pay $6.99 + tax, Receive $5.99 rebate; Limit 2

    Staples Photo Paper 50-pack $1 after Easy Rebate
    Pay $14.99 + tax, Receive $13.99 rebate; Limit 4

    Click here to see the rest of the Back to School deals

    Best Back to School Sales: 7/8 – 7/14/2012

    I’m helping out our school’s summer supply drive by putting together a list of the week’s best back to school deals. This list is based on ads for the Los Angeles area. If you’re not local, you may want to check your ad to see if your offers are the same.

    STAPLES

    There is a printable coupon for $5 off a $30+ purchase that’s valid this week – you should be able to stack it with the rebate items to score some serious bargains. You can learn about Staples Easy Rebates and Staples Rewards here. If you’re a teacher, you may be able to purchase more than the listed limit of penny items – ask in-store about exceptions.

    RoseArt crayons 24-pack 1 cent with $5 minimum purchase
    Limit 2

    Staples school glue 1 cent with $5 minimum purchase
    Limit 2

    BIC Round Stic black ballpoint pens 1 cent with $5 minimum purchase
    Limit 2

    Scotch Super Glue Gel FREE after Easy Rebate
    Pay $2.99, Receive $2.99 rebate; Limit 1

    Staples multipurpose paper ream $0.25 after Easy Rebate
    Pay $6.99, Receive $6.74 rebate; Limit 2

    HP Everyday 8.5″ x 11″ photo paper $0.50 after Easy Rebate
    Pay $9.49, Receive $8.99 rebate; Limit 4

    StaplesĀ® 2013 desktop calendar FREE after Easy Rebate
    Pay $4.99, Receive $4.99 rebate; Limit 2

    Click here for the rest of the Back to School Sales

    Getting Ready for Back to School Sales

    I know it seems kind of crazy to talk about back to school sales when school hasn’t even let out for summer, but I’m already thinking about summer sales because I help our school’s PTA buy supplies for the teachers. This is a huge deal for several reasons:

    • It saves the teachers money. Teachers in general don’t make a lot, and our local public school teachers have actually taken pay cuts in the form of furloughs lately. And yet, dedicated teachers always spend their own money on classroom supplies and materials, especially now when the district is providing less and less.
    • It boosts morale.Because the teachers have been hit hard by the poor economy and budget cuts, presenting them with a stash of supplies before the start of the school year sends the message that they’re appreciated and that the PTA and parents are there to work with them. It was great to see their smiles last fall as they picked up their bags of supplies.
    • It builds community. A supply drive is a great way to get parents involved with the PTA, gives parents a touchstone with the PTA during summer vacation, and even incoming kindergarten parents hear about the supply drive and start to become active. Also, as mentioned, the supply drive nurtures the relationship between parents and teachers.

    This is the time of year to get wish lists from the teachers, some of whom may have very specific items (or brands) they’d like to receive. However, the following items have been on every wish list I’ve ever seen: tissue, baby wipes, band-aids, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. These are items that go on sale throughout the year, and I buy them whenever they hit my stock-up price.

    Items that will be on sale during the summer include crayons, folders, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, and binders – basically, things that kids need for school. I’ve found that teachers like to receive things in sets – a set of 24-25 boxes of crayons, 24-25 of the same color folder, etc. It can be tricky to buy that many of one item with the limitations that stores put on loss leaders, but the sales tend to repeat during the summer so you can accumulate 20-30 of the same folder over the course of a few weeks. Also, teachers can show their ID at some stores (like Staples) to get increased limits on sale items.

    Just like last year, I plan to publish a weekly list of the best back to school sale items at the various stores like Staples, Target, and Office Depot. Hopefully we’ll be able to help the teachers get off to a great start!

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