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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Here is your round up of all the back to school deals running through Saturday 7/24.  The list is getting longer and longer each week!  Many of these deals are also posted by store on Southern Savers.  For deals at drugstores and grocery stores click on the store name at the top of the page.

Lots of you are asking for a Back to School “Buy Price list”.  Because this season of sales is only about 4 weeks long once a year, knowing the lowest prices we will see for most items is very difficult.  I would recommend instead looking over last weeks round up list and this list and you should have a good idea of what prices are going to be for items on your list.

Note:  Don’t hold out for upcoming grocery ads to have many new deals.  Of all the early ads I already have, no store has even mentioned school deals.

Notebooks and Paper

  • Office Depot – 2-Pocket Paper Portfolios, 5¢
  • Walgreens – Penway 2 Pocket Folder 9¢
  • Walgreens – Splash Poly Portfolio 49¢
  • Walmart- 1 Subject Notebook 15¢
  • Publix – Top Flight 1 Subject Notebook, 34¢ (ends 7/20 or 7/21)
  • Walgreens – Penway 1 Subject Notebook 29¢
  • Office Max – Spiral Bound 1 Subject Notebooks, Free after MaxPerks
  • Office Depot – Office Depot Value Notebook Filler Paper, 25¢
  • Walgreens – Penway Paper 60-70 sheets 29¢
  • Walmart – Composition Books 25¢
  • Office Depot – Fashion Portfolios and Notebooks, 99¢
  • Walgreens – Penway Poly or 3 Ring Binder 39¢
  • Office Max- 1″ Durable Binders Free after Max Perks
  • Kmart – Avery 1″ Binder $1
  • Staples – Staples 3×5 White Ruled Index Cards, 100 pk., 25¢
  • Staples – Staples Photo Plus, 4×6 paper, 25¢
  • Staples – HammerMill CopyPlus copy paper, 500 sheet, $1
  • Office Max- Hammermill Copyplus Paper 500 sheets, Free after MaxPerks
  • Walgreens – PrintWorks Multipurpose Paper 400 sheets at $1.99 ea w/in-ad coupon
  • Walgreens – Corner Office 5 Tab Dividers 39¢ ea
  • Walgreens – Corner Office Sheet Protectors 10 pk 29¢

Pens and Pencils

  • Walgreens – BIC Brite LIner Highlighters 5 pk 49¢
  • Walgreens – Penway Highlighter 9¢ ea
  • Publix – Paper Mate Flexgrip Elite Ball Point Pen, 2 ct., 50¢ (ends 7/20 or 7/21)
  • Publix – Paper Mate Write Bros. Ball Point Pen, 10 ct., 50¢ (ends 7/20 or 7/21)
  • Publix – Pilot Pens, 1 or 2 ct., 50% off (ends 7/20 or 7/21)
  • Office Depot – Select Markers & Pens 40%
  • Walgreens – Pilot G2 Pens 2 pk 19¢
  • Office Max- Just Basics Ball Point Pens 10 pk., 20¢
  • Office Max – BIC Cristal Pens, 10 pk., 50¢
  • Target – BIC Cristal Pens 10 pk., 60¢
  • Staples – BIC Matic Grip Mechanical Pencils, 5 pk., 25¢
  • Publix – Dixon No. 2 Wood Pencils, 10 ct., 34¢ (ends 7/20 or 7/21)
  • Kmart – Simmon’s Wood Pencils 10 ct., 25¢
  • Publix – Bic Mechanical Pencils, 10 pk., $1 (ends 7/20 or 7/21)
  • Kmart- BIC Mechanical Pencils 10 pk., $1
  • Office Max – Uni-Ball 207TM Gel Pens 3pk Free after Max Perks
  • Walgreens – Penway Cap Erasers 15 pk 39¢
  • Walgreens – Penway Pink Erasers 2 pk 29¢
  • Kmart – School Select 7 piecce Eraser Set 50¢

Arts and Crafts

  • Staples – Staples Washable School Glue, 1¢ (valid through Wednesday)
  • Walgreens – Penway Glue Sticks 3 pk, Jumbo Glue Stick or Glue 4 oz at 49¢ ea
  • Publix – Elmer’s Glue Stick, 3 ct., 67¢ (exp 7/20)
  • Kmart- Elmers Glue Sticks 2 ct., 25¢
  • Publix – Elmer’s School Glue Sticks, 3 ct., FREE after college savings (exp 7/20)
  • Publix – Crayola Crayons, 24 ct., 24¢ (exp 7/20)
  • Kmart – Crayola Crayons 24ct., 25¢
  • Kmart – Crayola Colored Pencils 12 ct., $1
  • Target – Crayola Washable Watercolor Paints 8 pk., $1.50
  • Office Max- Sharpie Fine Point Black Markers 12 pk Free after MaxPerks
  • Staples – RoseArt Washable Markers, 10 pk., $1
  • Kmart – Crayola Classic Markers, 10 ct $1
  • Staples – RoseArt Washable Markers , 30 pk., $3
  • Staples – Expo Dry Erase Markers, 4 pk., $2
  • Office Depot – Expo Fine Point Dry Erase Markers, 4 pk., Free after Rebate
  • Walgreens – Expo Washable Markers 6 pk, $2.99
  • Office Max- Westcott 5″ Blunt or Pointed Scissors 20¢
  • Target- Kids 5″ Scissors 50¢
  • Staples – Westcott 5″ Microban Scissors, $1

Bags and Other Equipment

  • Walgreens – HBackpacks, Duffel Bags, or Book Totes B1G1 at $9.99
  • Office Depot – Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer Pump, Free after Rebate
  • Office Depot – Office Depot Brand Filing/Stacking Crates, Free after Rebate
  • Office Depot Post-It Label Pads Free with coupon
  • Staples – Expo 8.9″x11.9″ Dry Erase Board $2
  • Staples – Slider Pencil Case, 25¢
  • Target – Sterilite Pencil Box 50¢
  • Office Max- X-Acto Pencil Sharpener, 25¢
  • Walgreens – Penway Wooden Ruler 12 in 9¢
  • Kmart – Westcott Shatterproof Colored 12 in ruler 25¢
  • Office Depot – PaperPro Nano Mini Stapler Free After Rebate
    • Kch_in_ak

      my Walmart is selling 1 subject notebooks (70 sheets) for $0.15!

      • I was just about to post that! I have bought soo many of those notebooks!

      • kcreviews

        How about college ruled paper? Do you remember a price on that?

        • Mamato6chicks

          It's the same price as the wide ruled.

          • Mamato6chicks

            Meant to say at Office Max & Office Depot where it was on sale. At our Walmart it was 75 cents/pk. MUCH more than the other 2 stores.

            • kcreviews

              How much was it at Office Max? And I mean packages of paper, not college ruled notebooks.

            • coupondiva02

              25 cents

    • Beverly

      Toys R Us has their Crayola items B1G1 and some B1G2! I know the crayola twistable colored pencils that I have to have are $5 a piece at Walmart and I have to have 2 packs! I think they are $7 at Toys R Us here but with the deal its still cheaper!

    • jwg

      is is possible to sort by store?

    • kcreviews

      I really wish my Office Depot was closer…
      My Walgreens did not have the Penway lined paper…they had packages with more sheets, but not the ones listed in the ad.

      • Jessica

        Ask for a raincheck!

    • Catherine

      Hey, as a teacher, I wanted to bring up a point, something that I had a discussion with my friend the other night.. please please please, if your child's teacher requests a specific brand of something (Expo markers comes to mind) please buy that brand! Also, I know that so many of these lists are hugely long but there are no funds for supplies in many school districts and we teachers rely on our students to bring in their supplies. Often the materials we use in our classrooms comes out of our own pockets, so we are so grateful to have kids bring in what the classroom requires.

      • 3monkeysmom

        First off I just want to say that I completely respect teachers and hold them in the highest esteem- you have the future of our nation in your hands and in most states, I think, you aren't paid anywhere near what you are worth. Not to mention, you must have nerves of steel :-) No way I could deal with 15+ kids everyday-I'd be a mess!!!
        I would like to point out, though, that some parents are living paycheck-to-paycheck and can't always afford to buy specific brand items…they also may not have the time to go to several different stores before they can find a specific color or size item, either :-)

        • 129hutch

          I just had to comment that I agree with both of you on what can be a delicate subject.

          As a former teacher, I understand never having enough supplies and paying out of my own pocket for many things. It's such a shame that governments will pay millions on wasteful things but do not fully fund the education system.
          At the same time, now as a stay at home mom with one income, I try my best to save as much money as possible for my family. So you better believe, when I see 1 cent packs of pencils, that's the brand I'm going to buy :)

          • 3monkeysmom

            Teachers shouldn't have to pay for anything out of pocket. I used to work at a bank's operations center and I didn't have to bring my own basic supplies, they were provided for me! You are exactly right-state governments need to quit wasting our tax-dollars and focus on educating our children.
            And I completely understand needing parents to help with supplies. These are our children, and I want them to have the tools necessary to learn but with 3 kids in school, I can't afford to be brand specific with school supplies. Especially when I have to buy 9 reams of copy paper :-)

            • coupondiva02

              I agree with all of the comments completely. My question would be; what exactly is the reasoning behind requesting specific brands? Is there some important reason beyond just personal preference? Just trying to see both sides more clearly…

            • catherine

              It's definitely due to quality. For instance, I can use Expo Markers for twice as long as the off brands, Crayola products work better/longer/break less easily than others. There are also some pencil brands that don't seem to get chewed up in the sharpener than others. I think that some things are silly as far as brands go but those are definitely the tops. I end up buying cheap stuff too, don't get me wrong, but in a lot of cases it's simply quality. And I have to bribe my students (I teach middle school.) to bring in things like tissue and stuff like that since my school doesn't provide it.. and there's nothing like having 6 students sneezing and wanting to go to the restroom to wipe their noses.

            • Blax

              Personally, I think it is ridiculous that they don't supply tissues and hand sanitizer!
              We had schools closing last year b/c of Swine Flu!
              If the state and federate health departments are really that concerned with outbreaks, the state and federate education boards should require the schools to provide tissue and hand sanitizer!

            • Catherine

              Target clearanced out school supplies are what I always hit up.. and I buy out the store. You get the best deals there, period.

            • 3monkeysmom

              I noticed that this morning when I was there…24 pk Crayola crayons and Composition Notebooks were 25 cents :-)

      • coupondiva02

        Hi Catherine. I asked this question below and then thought it better to post it up here to you –
        Is there a reason behind requesting specific brands or is it just personal preference (which is most certainly an acceptable specific reason) Do certain off-brand supplies perform poorly in your opinion or what? (I personally dislike RoseArt brand crayons because I don't think they perform nearly as well as Crayola) I'm just trying to better understand the teacher's point of view because I truly can see both sides of the situation. And thank you ahead of time for any insight you can offer.

      • Jamie L

        I too am a teacher and unfortunately we are not allowed to request certain brands for supplies. The reason that certain brands are preferred is because not only do they perform better but they also last longer. Pencils are a big one for me. I definately prefer the Papermate brand. Those cheap knock offs just do not sharpen as well, especially from the Dollar Store. Expo markers last so much longer than other brands, and hold up better to younger kids using them since they tend to press harder than needed. As teachers we understand that some parents can't buy what is asked for and that is where it is left up to us to provide for them. I too live paycheck to paycheck and when those brand items are on sale that's when I try to stock up as well.

      • Wyattabbymom

        Only problem I have with the special requests is the whole mass combining supplies in classrooms. I will go out and buy the good stuff that was requested then others buy off brands or bring nothing at all. Then when he runs out others have use the products I brought and he will be left with the other stuff. Why can't he just have his own box of all the stuff I went out of my way to purchase for HIM?

        • 3monkeysmom

          I had that happen to my daughter in Kindergarten and I was very upset about it…not to the point of addressing it b/c in the grand scheme of things, it was something I could get over but I did fume about it for a couple of days. I had bought her some cute sparkly pencils w/little fruits on them….they didn't cost an arm and a leg but they certainly weren't the cheapest I could buy. The teacher took them all up and then handed them out as needed so she never even got one of them :-(

          • Wyattabbymom

            this year I am going about it differently. I will be putting HIS stuff into his pouch and have the other items I will donate to the class in a separate bag to give to his teacher, alot of which is just left over stuff from last year, stuff that is still working fine. Like you I have no problem with donating thing for his class, it is just if he wants some special cool pencils or something I want him to get to use them!

            • Catherine

              I think that's a perfect solution. My son is not in school yet, and I definitely plan on keeping a school supply closet at the ready for him. I have found that many of my students are very generous with their supplies (thankfully) and I do my best to create a community in which they feel comfortable sharing what they are willing to.

            • 3monkeysmom

              The sad part is- I HAD put them in her pencil box :-( So, since then I just buy plain old pencils…no special stuff :-(

          • SFLS

            Your best bet is to keep the special pencils and supplies at home.

          • Cm4kelly

            I am a teacher and a parent. I totally disagree with taking the supplies you have bought for your child and putting them in a class supply box. You SHOULD have your child using the supplies they brought. I would never do that!

        • SFLS

          There are online places with will print your child's name on pencils, pens, etc. We did that one year because of a theft problem in the class room. Stop the problem cold.

    • Are these deals national or only at certain locations?

      • They are national.

    • Katehuber

      Last year CV'S -had some awesome deals on back to school supplies- do you know if they are having any deals this year. So far its only been free papermate pens and scissors.

    • Chrystal

      I need a lot of laminating done. Does anyone know where to go for a good deal on this? A couple of years ago, Office Max offered free laminating to teachers (I homeschool), but I don't think they are doing that this year.

    • Cindywelker

      Slider Pencil Case at Staples for 25 cents makes an excellent toothbrush/toothpaste holder for travelling!!!

      • Lisa B

        Where is the Staples you are talking about? I've been looking all over for them.

    • Rebekah

      You forgot all about TOYSRUS!!! Right now alot of crayola school supplies are BUY 1 GET 2 FREE!! This includes all crayons, all pencils (colored too), all markers and more. This is the biggest week of the back to school sale. Also they are having their ongoing buy any bookbag (excluding twilight series) and get any lunch bag free!! Toysrus takes man. cpns and store cpns and they can be stacked together. I'm from Athens, GA and scored some awesome deals there 7/19/10. :o)

    • coupondiva02

      Office Max Maxperk members should check their e-mail too. I received my maxperks from the last quarter and was able to use it to buy our school supplies while on sale.

    • coupondiva02

      OMG! Just saw Jenny on 11Alive News talking about ways to save on back to school supplies. Awesome!

    • Monica

      CVS has the 4 pack of Expo Dry Erase Markers for 1.99- great deal- had to get a raincheck, but that's okay!

    • Char

      I just wanted to let everyone know I was at walmart yesterday and picked up Crayola Markers for $1 and Crayola watercolor paints for $1

    • Ro

      I went to Office Depot yesterday to get the Post It label pads for 99 cents. I had the $1 off Post It coupon and the store manager wouldn't accept it. He said that the iten had to be over a $1 for him to be able to use the coupon. I told him to just take 99 cents off because when he submitted the coupon, he was still going to get a dollar back, he wouldn't do it. I am not new to couponing, but I still find myself unable to ensure a successful purchase at rock bottom prices. What can I say, nicely, to make sure that I will still get the deal?

      • amy f

        I wish I knew. I have found myself in the same situation at CVS several times. I won't argue too much but do try to explain the situation but never get very far. I just give it up.

        • melissa

          Remind CVS managers that their store policies says they will not accept overages, but they will adjust price down if lower than coupon amt. Not sure about O.D.

    • Amy

      Office Depot prices not correct. Went to store today.

    • Wyattabbymom

      I need diaper wipes, dry erase markers, 2pocket folders, tissues. who has the best prices?

      • 3monkeysmom

        CVS has a 4pk of Expo dry erase markers for $1.99. Not sure if this is the absolute best price for the 4pk. Walgreens has the 6 pk for $2.99 after their store coupon and there is a $1 off coupon at exposwashable(dot)com…. Hope that helps :-)

        • Wyattabbymom

          thanks do either take target coupons?, there is a $1 Expa Q on their site that I printed

        • Wyattabbymom

          I have printed the Target and the man. Q for the Expo washable markers both are $1 so this should make for a good deal on them

      • amy f

        for the dry erase markers and 2 pocket folders try Office Depot. You have to pay up front for the dry erase markers but you get a full purchase price rebate up to 5 of them. The folders are 5 cents each.

    • 3monkeysmom

      Does anyone know who carries Marcal brand tissues? I have 3 of the FREE roll or box coupons and would like to use them for back to school supplies instead of paying for Kleenex, etc.

      • Pkevinkim

        Ingles

        • 3monkeysmom

          Thanks but I'm in Central AL- don't have an Ingles that I know of:-)

          • Rhonda

            Bi-lo has some.

      • Wolbrecht5

        I haven't shopped there in a long time, but I know WalMart used to carry that brand.

    • bobkat

      Went to Office Depot yesterday, They had none of the items on sale that were on the list. and looked at me like I was crazy when I asked about the rebate items!

    • Christi Hartman

      i went to office depot. got the rebate form for the dry erase markers, but there was no rebate offered on the hand sanitizer. guess i'll be taking that back!

    • Mateyeh

      i went to office depot yesterday and I did recieve my rebates for the hand sanitizer

    • I went to office depot in Taylors, SC today and they had all of the advertised deals. However, about 1/2 of the things the shelves were completely empty and the cashier looked at me like I was crazy for not buying the remaining items and getting my deals. This is the 3rd time this week I have been there trying to find all of the items that are on sale. GRRRR!

    • lily

      does anyone know a good price on TI-84 plus calculators? thanks

    • Kimmi

      Not to rock the boat, because I do understand the “hard times” in the classroom, BUT I experieced something that is really upsetting.. When my son started school, the teacher sent the letter home for her “needs”.. Hand sanitizer, kleenex/tissues, etc etc… Well I was a volunteer in the room.. when the children brought in the supplies, I was told to put them away. I opened the closet from the previous YEARS you should have SEEN all the hand sanitizer and kleenex not to mention OTHER supplies. I always bought “soft good tissues” for my sons nose, well THAT stopped.. Chances are the classes she is teaching NOW ( my son is 16) is using those tissues he brought!!!

      • Hbrown_2003

        I completely know what your saying. I always wondered why I had to supply paper towels at school after all when I was a kid they where never needed. I soon found out when I volunteered a few days last year. They use the paper towels to clean the class room. Like class windows, desk, counter tops, ect and not after craft time. Just general janitor cleaning jobs. I asked one of my friends that is a teacher why parents pay for those things and she told me that parents often get the cost of things that the schools will not supply for the class room. State school boards only budget so much so its either the parents pay for it or the teachers do so the cost ends up getting passed to the parents. She said the same thing there are almost always left overs from the previous year of all the supplies. She says thats why she divided her list supplies by sex boys pick up one set of supplies and girls the other. Makes since. She also told me that to cut cost Janitors only clean the floors in class rooms it is the teachers job to clean everything else.

      • SFLS

        In our school district, they removed the coping machines from each school and started shutting off the A/C at 3 pm. The Aftercare program was not happy about that!

        The supplies you donate are not reserved for your child's exclusive use.

        BTW, if you really want to be upset, find out what your School District spends on new textbooks and curriculum programs every year. Once a new edition or program is adopted, all the old materials are trashed….

    • Kimmi

      Not to rock the boat, because I do understand the “hard times” in the classroom, BUT I experieced something that is really upsetting.. When my son started school, the teacher sent the letter home for her “needs”.. Hand sanitizer, kleenex/tissues, etc etc… Well I was a volunteer in the room.. when the children brought in the supplies, I was told to put them away. I opened the closet from the previous YEARS you should have SEEN all the hand sanitizer and kleenex not to mention OTHER supplies. I always bought “soft good tissues” for my sons nose, well THAT stopped.. Chances are the classes she is teaching NOW ( my son is 16) is using those tissues he brought!!!

    • Hbrown_2003

      I completely know what your saying. I always wondered why I had to supply paper towels at school after all when I was a kid they where never needed. I soon found out when I volunteered a few days last year. They use the paper towels to clean the class room. Like class windows, desk, counter tops, ect and not after craft time. Just general janitor cleaning jobs. I asked one of my friends that is a teacher why parents pay for those things and she told me that parents often get the cost of things that the schools will not supply for the class room. State school boards only budget so much so its either the parents pay for it or the teachers do so the cost ends up getting passed to the parents. She said the same thing there are almost always left overs from the previous year of all the supplies. She says thats why she divided her list supplies by sex boys pick up one set of supplies and girls the other. Makes since. She also told me that to cut cost Janitors only clean the floors in class rooms it is the teachers job to clean everything else.

    • Toddmonsterbaby

      Has anyone seen “Mini Twistable Crayons”? The lists are getting ridiculous. What ever happened to just buying a box of good old fashioned crayons?

    • Jaymes_mom

      who has notebook paper the cheapest???

    • Blax

      Office Depot Teacher Appreciation Week
      Free 'breakfast' (one year it was coffee and donuts) event. They give away products and gift cards.
      For dates and times
      http://www.mystarteacher.com/loyalty/storeEvent

      August 15, 2010 – Sunday
      Office Max Teacher Apprciation
      They will give away a reuseable bag to each teacher, and you ge 20% off your entire purchase that fits
      in the bag!
      http://www.officemax.com/home/custom.jsp?id=m65

      Also don’t forget your printer cartridges for recycling at Office Max
      Recycle up to 20 ink cartridges per month for $3 EACH on
      your MaxPerks Rewards Teacher card.
      See info here
      https://www.officemaxperks.com/RecyclingProgram