Project Back To School 2013 – Round Up Week 1

It’s here!!!! The back to school deals officially start today, and with it the countdown until my big girl starts Kindergarten (on August 12). I absolutly LOVE to shop for school supplies, and this will be my third year rounding up the best deals for the back to school season. If you are looking to save money on your school supply list, I hope you will follow along. 

This year I will be shopping from my daughter’s Kindergarten list as well as collecting supplies to donate. As in year’s past remember that when you see supplies for $.1 even if you don’t need, this is a wonderful opportunity to pick up supplies to donate to a local school. Last year, my total out-of-pocket expense was $26.79 for everything pictured below (90% of which was donated to a local school).

School Supplies

So who is ready to get started?

The hottest deals are in red! Happy shopping.

Back to School


Easy Rebate Deals

  • Staples 8.5 x 11 Multipurpose Paper 500 Sheet Ream $6.99 – $6.98 in Staples Rewards (limit 2) = $0.01
  • Staples Photo Plus 4×6 paper, gloss, 60/pack $9.99 – $7.99 in Staples Easy Rebate (limit 4) = $2

1¢ Deals

  • Staples Cap Erasers, 12/pack $0.01 with a $5 purchase (limit 2)
  • Staples Ruled 3×5 White Index Cards, 100/pack $0.01 with a $5 purchase (limit 2) 
  • BIC Round Stic Ballpoint Pens, 8/packs $0.01 with a $5 purchase (limit 2) 

25¢ Deals

  • Avery Insertable Dividers, 5 tab $0.25 (limit 2)(reg. $1.49)

$1 Deals

  • Staples Notebook with Elastic Closure, 3″ x 5″, 80 sheets (reg. $1.99)
  • Westcott 9″ Recycled Scissors (reg. $11.79)
  • BIC Matic Grip 0.7 mm Assorted Mechanical Pencils, 6/pack (reg. $3.99)
  • Staples Glue Sticks 4-pack (reg $1.50)
  • Staples Translucent Pencil Box 
  • Westcott 5″ scissors 2-pack (reg $2)

$2 Deals

  • Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer 8 oz $2 (reg. $3.99) – 1/2 Purell Hand Sanitizer coupon = $1.50 each for 2
  • Crayola Washable Markers, Fine Tip 20 pack (reg. $5)
  • Crayola Large Washable Crayons 8-ct
  • Crayola Washable Markets 8-ct (Broad Line & Fine Tip)

In-Store Coupons (found in weekly ad)

  • $5 Off $30 or more (you can also use the $5 off $25 Office Max coupon)

When you bring in a n old binder to be recycled, you will save $2 on the purchase of a new one. You get rewarded for being green and recycling. I LOVE it!

Staples Recycle Binder Coupon

Office Max

Max Perk Deals

  • OfficeMax 8.5 x 11 Multipurpose Paper 500 Sheet Ream $6.99 – $6.98  in MaxPerks Rewards (limit 2 offers) = $0.01
  • OfficeMax 14 Month Desktop Calendar $8.99 – $8.98 in MaxPerks Rewards (limit 2 offers) = $0.01
  • Boise X-9 8.5 x 11 Multiuse Paper, 10 Ream Case $43.99 – $34  in MaxPerks Rewards (limit 2 offers) = $9.99 ($1 per ream)

1¢ Deals

  • Schoolio Paper Folders $0.01 (after minimum $5 purchase – limit 10)
  • OfficeMax 4 oz White School Glue $0.01 (after minimum $5 purchase – limit 10) 

50¢ Deals

  • OfficeMax Solid Composition Books $0.50 (limit 5)

$1 Deals

  • Schoolio 5″ Blunt Scissors 2 pk or 7″ Pointed Scissors 1 pk
  • Avery Permanent Glue Sticks 4 pk
  • OfficeMax 2 x 2 Neon Self-Stick Note Cube
  • 2/$1 Really Useful 0.14 L Mini Storage Box
  • PaperMate ClearPoint Mechanical Pencil Starter Set (w/in ad coupon)
  • EXPO Chisel Tip Dry Erase Markers 4 Pk (w/in ad coupon)
  • Sharpie 12 Pk Fine Point Permanent Markers (w/in ad coupon)
  • Zipper Seal Sandwich Bags 50 ct
  • Zipper Seal Gallon Bags 15 ct

$2 Deals

  • OfficeMax 3 Subject Notebooks
  • Divoga 3×5 Zebra or Manila Pad 2 Pack
  • Quarter 8.5×11 Dry Erase Board
  • Zebra Z-Grip 5 Pk Pens
  • Scotch Expressions Tape (single roll)
  • Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Tape
  • Zebra Z-Grip Pens 5 Pack

$3 Deals

  • OfficeMax 5-Subject Notebooks
  • OfficeMax Compact Stand Up Stapler
  • Select NORCOM Filler Paper
  • Select OfficeMax Plastic Clipboards
  • Virtuo 3×5 Flex Covers

In-Store Coupons (found in weekly ad)

  • $5 Off $25 or more (FYI – Staples accepts competitor coupons)

Toys R Us

Buy 1 Get 2 FREE Deals – these can make great deals on more expensive items

  • All Crayola Crayons, Markers & Paper (in-store only)
  • All Color Wonder & Xtreme Coloring (in-store only)

Office Depot

Nothing suburb to note. I will be skipping Office Depot this week. Fingers crossed for next week.

My School Supply List

Want to know what I am buying? Follow along each week, and I will share my shopping results from the week before. This year I will actually be shopping from a list (a first for me). So in addition to stocking up on all of the best deals to donate, I will share what I have purchased from the list and for how much. 

  • 1 Bottle of Elmer’s Glue (8oz)
  • 1 Pair of Fiskar’s Scissors
  • 20 Elmer’s Glue Sticks (white)
  • 1 Box of 10 Large Crayola Crayons (not jumbo)
  • 3 Boxes of 24 Crayola Crayons
  • 1 Pkg Yellow #2 Pencils (Ticongeroga)
  • 1 Large Box of Tissues 
  • 2 Primary Fat Pencils (Ticongeroga)
  • 1 Box Crayola Colored Pencils
  • 1 Pkg Crayola Markers
  • 1 Plastic Pencil Box (5×8)
  • 1 Large Pink Eraser (Pink Pearl)
  • Baby Wipes 
  • 1 Crayola Watercolor Paint Set 
  • 2 2-Pocket Plastic Folder (no prongs)
  • 1 Pkg Index Cards (3×5 100 pack)
  • 1 Pkg White Paper Plates (9″)

Wish List

  • Napkins
  • 3 oz or 5 oz Cups
  • Clorox Wipes
  • 1 Roll Bounty Paper Towels
  • 1 Bottle Liquid Hand Sanitizer
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Colored Sharpie Markers
  • Avery Lables 5260/8163
  • 1 Ream White  or Colored Paper
  • 1 Box Plastic Baggies (gallon, sandwich, snack)
  • Bandaids

6 thoughts on “Project Back To School 2013 – Round Up Week 1”

  1. i am very glad you do this it is very helpful. i know you said office depot didnt have anything this week. which they dont really but i do think the buy 2 get one free on copy paper is worth mentioning.

  2. Thanks for sharing all the deals! I was shocked at the loooong list I got from Rylie’s school…yikes! But I’m thinking that I’ll just send the list over to you and you can shop for me…you know, since you love shopping for school supplies so much. 😉

  3. Thank you for starting these posts, so helpful! I am shopping for the second grade list from the same elementary school you are (I recognized the knight in the picture you posted a while back…), its just about as long as this one is! I’m hoping to get everything inexpensively enough that I can also buy all of the wishlist items (second grade includes ink!!). I also work as a substitute teacher, and although some of the requests seem extravagant from a parents perspective, I see the need when I am working at the schools. Looking forward to checking these posts out for the rest of the summer!!!

    • Well hello neighbor!!! The ink will be your killer, but everything else you should be able to do VERY inexpensively! Plus with lots of penny items you will have extra stuff that you can share 🙂

  4. I am not looking forward to back to school yet. It seems like yesterday that the kids just got out of school for summer. My kids go back at the end of August as well. I always stock up on extra stuff at the beginning of the school year so that I don’t have to buy it when it is more expensive. I keep it in a box in my closet and when the kids are out of something, I tell them to go look in the box.

    • Me too!!! I always have extra glue sticks, crayons and markers ready to go when things need replacing. Who wants to pay more when you know how cheap they are right now!


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