Back to School Shopping Trip: July 27 to August 2, 2014

Back to School Shopping 7-27 to 8-2, 2014

I’m so excited that it’s time for Back to School Deals!  I LOVE to stock up with everything we’ll need for the whole year at rock bottom prices!  Buying now gives us the opportunity to stock up for ourselves, and even buy a little for the community!  With so many great deals, I don’t ever feel the need to walk into Walmart, but they have some pretty great deals too!

But before we delve into that, have you noticed that they want 16 or fewer crayons in Pre-school, Kindergarten, and First Grade?  Have you also noticed that an 8 pack of crayons usually ranges between $2 and $4?  No way is this frugal Mama going to pay 4 to 8 times as much for 1/3 to 2/3 LESS crayons.  That’s crazy talk.  So, I highly suggest getting your box of 24 crayons for $0.50 (less if you go with store brand instead of crayola) and pulling out red, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, orange and purple, sticking them in a baggie and sending that.  Need 16 crayons?  Those colors are red, orange, yellow, green, purple, blue, brown, black, red orange, yellow green, yellow red, carnation pink, blue violet, blue green, white, red violet.

Below, I post the school supplies requested locally for K-6th grade.  When you see the box of 24 crayons, know that this frugal Mama is going to keep the “extra” crayons at home for my kids to color with, and send the appropriate colors to school.  For $0.50, instead of $3. 🙂


Shopko 7-27-2014


Buy 4 Avery Binders (Reg. $2.99) $0.99
Limit 4

Buy 6 Mead Notebooks, 70 pages (Reg. $1.49) $0.19
Limit 18

Buy 4 Crayola Colored Pencils (Reg. $1.99) $0.99
Limit 4

Buy 4 Elmer’s School Glue (Reg. $1.49) $0.50
Limit 4

Buy 4 Crayola Crayons (Reg. $1.49) $0.50
Limit 4

Original Price:  $40.78
Final Price: $13.06
Total Savings: 68%

Target 7-27-2014


Make sure you have your shopping buddy, and print some FAB Back to School Coupons before you head out to Target this week.  There’s also a $1/2 Up&Up School Supplies Mobile Coupon (text offers to 827438) but I forgot to use it.  It’ll mean all kinds of freebies!

Buy 2 Purell Hand Sanitizer 12 oz, $2.49
Use (1) $2.00/1 Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or Larger; Sign Up For Loyalty Program and Complete Profile; Redeem for 2000 Points
And Use (1) $1.00/1 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or Larger
Stack with $1.00/1 Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or More (Target Coupon) (exp 09/20/14)
And Stack with $1.00/1 Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or More – Target Mobile Coupon (Text SAVINGS1 to Target Mobile) (exp 09/20/14)
Final Price: 2 FREE

Buy 2 Wet Ones Wipes, 40 count, $2.29
Use $1.00/2 Wet Ones Wipes: Canister or Singles; Excludes 15 and 20 ct Travel Packs
Stack with (2) $0.50/1 Wet Ones Moist Wipes, 28 ct or Higher (Target Coupon) (exp 09/02/14)
Submit for: $1.00/2 Wet Ones Hand Wipes, Buy any two canisters or pocket size singles box, any variety; May Vary By Account – Ibotta
Final Price: $1.58 or $0.79 each

Buy 8 Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers, 10 Ct. $1.99
Use $3/$15 Crayola Purchase (NLA)
Stack with $2.00/1 Crayola Purchase Of $10 or More, Activity or Art Kit, Crayons, Art Supplies (Target Coupon) (exp 09/02/14)
Final Price: $10.92 or $1.37 each

Buy 2 Post-it Notes, Single pack, $1.02
Use (2) $1.00/1 Post-it Notes Item (Target Coupon) (exp 09/02/14)
Final Price: $0.04 or $0.02 each

Buy 3 Scotch Tape, Single Pack, $1.02
Use (3) $1.00/1 Scotch Tape or Scissors Item (Target Coupon) (exp 09/02/14)
Final Price: $0.06 or $0.02 each

Buy 4 Bic Mechanical Pencils, 10 ct. $1.17 each
Use (2) $1.00/2 BIC Writing Items (Target Coupon) (exp 09/02/14)
Final Price: $2.68 or $0.67 each

Buy 4 Papermate Ballpoint Pens, 10 ct. $0.97
Use (2) $1.00/2 Paper Mate Items (Target Coupon) (exp 09/02/14)
Final Price: $1.88 or $0.47 each

Buy Puffs Tissues 3 pack, $4.49
Use $0.25/3 Puffs Singles or (1) 3 pk or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 7-27-14 PG (exp 08/31/14)
Final Price: $4.24
I usually like to pay less than this, but we are totally out.

Original Price:  $43.63
Final Price: $21.40
Total Savings: 51%

Walgreens 7-27-2014


Buy 3 Uniball Gel Pens, 2 pack (Reg. $4.19) $0.99

Buy 10 Wexford 2 Pocket Folders (Reg. $.59) $0.10

Buy 3 Wexford 5 inch scissors (Reg. $2.19) $1.49
Use in ad coupon, Saves $1.00 each
Final Price: $0.49

Buy 3 Wexford Wooden Ruler (Reg. $0.99) $0.79
Use in ad coupon, Saves $0.62 each
Final Price: $0.16

Buy 2 Wexford Filler Paper 130 sheets (Reg. $1.99) $0.79

Buy 3 Purell Hand Sanitizer with Pump, 8 oz (Reg. $3.59) $2.99
Use (3) $1.00/1 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or Larger or 7-27-2014 SS
Stack with $1.00/1 Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or Refill, 20 oz – (Walgreens Coupon) – Walgreens IVC August 2014 (exp 08/30/14) In Store Coupon
Final Price: $0.99

Original Price:  $42.76
Final Price: $10.47
Total Savings: 76%

Staples 7-27-2014


Buy 3 White Pearl Erasers (Reg. $1.99) $1.00

Buy 4 Crayola Crayons, 24 ct, (Reg. $1.79) $0.50

Buy 5 Ticonderoga Pencils, 12/Pack (Reg. $2.49) $2.00

Buy 8 Poly Composition Notebooks (Reg. $2.49) $0.50

Buy 2 Translucent Pencil Boxes (Reg. $2.49) $0.50

Buy 5 Staples Notebook, 70 pages, (Reg. $1.49) $0.17

Buy 6 Paper folders, (Reg. $0.50) $0.15

Original Price:  $60.93
Final Price: $21.75
Total Savings: 64%

Office Max Office Depot 7-27-2014

Office Max/Office Depot:

These deals vary slightly by region, so be sure to double check your ad before heading into the store.  Bonus: Since the stores have merged, all deals are good at BOTH stores!  So if the deals are SUPER hot, and you have both stores, you can get twice as many!!

My Office Max was out of the Office Max Pink Erasers, so they substituted in Pink Pearl Erasers for the same cost, a 3 pack instead of a 5 pack.  So, on the savings, I didn’t calculate them in at regular price, but at the $0.25 they sold them to me for.  So, your savings will actually be more! Be sure to ask for a substitution if you don’t find one of the items on sale!

Buy 3 Office Max Pink Erasers, 5 pack, $0.25
Limit 3

Buy 3 Wexford Junior Scissors, 5 in, (Reg. $1.00) $0.25
Limit 3

Buy 3 Office Max School Glue, 4 oz, (Reg. 1.29) $0.25
Limit 3

Buy 3 Flexible Ringbinders Rulers, 12 in (Reg. $1.00) $0.25
Limit 3

Buy 3 Flexible Protractors, 6 in, (Reg. $1.79) $0.25
Limit 3

Buy 3 Really Useful Boxes, 0.14 Liter (Reg. 0.99) $0.25
Limit 3

Buy 1 Mead 2 Hole Pencil Sharpener (Reg. $0.79) $0.50
Limit 3, I picked this because I needed $0.50 to get to the $5.00 limit, so I could get the Penny folders, but anything $0.50 would work!

Buy 10 Paper Folders, 2 Pocket, (Reg. $0.25) $0.01 wyb $5
Limit 10

Original Price:  $23.25
Final Price: $5.10
Total Savings: 78%

Rite Aid 7-27-2014

Rite Aid:

Buy 2 Eraser Caps, 15 pack (Reg. $1.49) $0.33

Buy 1 Pink Erasers, 2 pack (Reg. 0.99) $0.33

Buy 2 Avery Sheet Protectors (Reg. $2.99) $0.33

Buy 1 Playskool Crayons, 24 ct. (Reg. $1.69) $0.33

Buy 3 Mead Index Cards, 100 ct. (Reg. $2.69) $0.33

Buy 1 Plastic Ruler, 12 inch (Reg. $0.99) $0.33

Buy 2 Wexford School Scissors 5 inch (Reg. $3.49) $0.33

Original Price:  $27.68
Final Price: $3.96
Total Savings: 86%


Total Back To School Savings:

Original Price:  $239.03
Final Price: $75.74
Total Savings: 68%

There’s a LOT of stuff up there!  Want to know the best place to get your kids supplies this week?


I would go to 3 stores to get the best value for Kindergarten Supplies!   Get the glue and crayons at Shopko, pencils at Staples, and the markers and tissues at Target.  They also only need 2 pencils, so you can split the box with another child, or hang on to some for next year to save costs.  Total cost for Kindergarten supplies: $6.90.
Want to shop just one store? Shopko has the same price for the tissues and washable markers (just not the ultra clean) and is only $0.50 more for the pencils, and they come pre-sharpened.

1st Grade

Adding only a pink eraser and watercolors, the 1st grade supply list is pretty clear cut to.  Again, I’d recommend Shopko.  Regular washable crayons cost the same there as the Ultra-Clean at Target, you can get a name brand Pink Pearl eraser for $0.59, or 2 for $1.00, and Crayola watercolors for $1.86.  For the photo i got the glue and crayons at Shopko, Markers, Tissue, and Watercolors at Target, pencils at Staples, and eraser at Rite Aid.  Total cost for 1st Grade Supplies: $8.02 (Watercolors are not in my shopping scenario above, but are $0.79 at Target).

2nd Grade

2nd Grade supplies are very similar to 1st grade, with the addition of a ruler and notebook.  I would add the ruler at Walgreens for $0.17, and the notebook at Shopko for $0.19.  Staples has their store brand notebooks for $0.17. Second Grade school supplies total $7.59

3rd Grade

Third Grade school supplies add only loose leaf paper.  I picked these up for $0.79 for 130 sheets at Walgreens this week.  Total cost for 3rd Grade School Supplies: $9.17

4th Grade

Fourth grade has the big switch from wide ruled paper to college ruled.  They add scissors, pencil cap erasers. a binder, 4 folders, a 2nd notebook, and a red pen to correct with.  This is the biggest jump in number of supplies, and costs roughly $12.00.

5th Grade

Fifth grade adds just one item, colored pencils.  This makes 5th grade supplies $13.  The best deal this week on crayola colored pencils is at Shopko.

6th Grade

6th grade school supplies add a 2nd color of pens.  This add about a $1, and means you can still get all the supplies for about $14!  You can get 10 packs of pens at almost ANY of the stores for $1.00.  I wouldn’t pay more than that, unless your child is like me, and adores fancy pens.  Then just swing into Walgreens this week and pick up a 2 pack for just $0.99!

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