Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's Back to School Supplies Shopping Time

It's Back to School shopping time!

Did you take a double take at that?  Give you a panic attack?  I bet you at least took a double take, but trust me, you'll be happy you kept reading!  I know school just ended for lots of families, but as I was flipping through the fliers in the Sunday newspaper last weekend, I saw something that caught my eye - crazy, crazy deals on Back to School supplies at Staples!  My jaw hit the ground as I skimmed through the flier and couldn't get down to our local Staples fast enough!

When my oldest first started school I was completely shocked at how the school supply lists had changed since I was a kid.  No longer were teachers asking parents to get the things their kids would individually need, they were asking for classroom supplies like white board markers, hand sanitizers and more. 

Every year I feel like it's a mad dash to find everything and organize the bags for each of the boys.  The teachers always ask for slightly different things so it becomes a challenge just to get each bag put together correctly, my brain always ends up hurting.  Then there is the common mid year request for more paper, pencils, sharpies and more.  It really adds up and I find myself so focused on just finding the items that I don't have the chance to even think about the best deal.

So this year I feel like I'm armed for battle.  I'm stocked on Sharpies, white board markers, Ticonderoga pencils, glue sticks and more and all for a fraction of what I have paid in past years.

I just got home and check out what I got for $52!  Yes, you read that right... all of the supplies in the picture came to a total of $52 for 33 items of supplies.  Actually, my total was $64 (there is a $12 mail in rebate on the multi-purpose paper and I bought one of the $10 savings passes).  The savings pass cost me $1 after the 15% discount it gave me on my entire shop and will continue to provide me with savings through mid-September.  With reams of paper at .25 cents each, packs of Sharpies at $1 each, Roseart crayons at 1 cent each, I feel like a bandit!  I think the sale runs through the end of this week - no coupons needed.

I didn't have the school supply list from the boys classes, so I just decided to stock up on things that are pretty standard requests.

Bring it, school year...but after another month and a half  more of Summer vacation!

Note:  There was zero compensation for this post and it was totally un-pitched from Staples, I'm just sharing the great deals I found!!!


Desiree Eaglin July 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM  

GIRL you know my anxiety about back to school! I'm totally going to Staples this week now! Thanks!

Ana L. Flores July 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM  

I´m so new to this! My girl is starting K in August and all we have are a backpack and a lunchbox that was free with purchase. What else do I need???
Clueless here

Caryn B. July 11, 2012 at 8:13 AM  

We start Kinder this year....I'm totally unprepared...I'm hoping they provide a list or something! That is amazing you got all of that for around $50....I don't even know what this stuff costs....research is on my to-do list!

Nicole July 11, 2012 at 8:14 AM  

This is my first year to have to do this, so I'm still pretty excited to experience it!

Admin July 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM  

I practically have to take out a small loan to pay for all the school supplies my kids teachers need at the beginning of the year. Thanks for your tips.

Ciaran July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM  

Noooo.... it's actually so much better at private school. But still. I don't want it to be that time already!

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