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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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I went into my local Staples to show you all how to save some cash on your Back To School shopping! I found a bunch of great deals including 50% off backpacks plus glue, pencil boxes, and crayons for only a quarter.

There are lots of ways to save on Back to School and if you shop the sales early, you can really save.

Back to School Shopping Tips

-Start now!
-Focus on the deals each week and grab the things on your list that are on sale.
-Take a look at the office supply stores.
-Look for free after rebate or rewards items, penny or quarter deals and anything 50% off or B1G1.
-Leave the kiddos at home so you can focus on what’s on sale, not impulse buys.
-Keep away from licensed characters or fancy over-priced brands.
-Take advantage of in-store promotions like $2 off a binder when you recycle an old one at Staples.
-Pay attention to limits. If you are a teacher, some stores will allow you to purchase more than the limit.
-Don’t forget you can always price match at Target or Walmart if your store is out of something.

Do you have any other tips for how to save on Back To School Supplies?

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    • Rachel

      Love you Jenny! I have tried and tried to tell my sister about saving with coupons…her husband is still skeptical! School supplies are an expense I do not currently have to spend on, but I did the Staples deals last year for my husband’s college items, donated, and gave items to my sister! Maybe one day she will get it! I have already started this year….mostly just getting the 25 cent things and the copy paper for my printable coupons!!

    • Cortni Shelton

      Staples matches prices as well.

    • Mandy

      Don’t forget that you can purchase the limit more than once over multiple trips/transactions. :)

    • couponmama3

      I stock up on whatever is an awesome deal- at office supply stores, Target, & even drugstores. Also I LOVE the rewards at Office Max that you can roll, getting free pens, pencils, & copy paper through the year. You can even get free backpacks!
      When we get our school list, we “shop the stockpile”, then look for a good deal on the couple things we’re missing. We always have supplies to share with the class through the year this way too…
      A note on licensed characters: I let each child pick one thing (pencils, a folder, etc.) with a character they love. Even if everything else is generic, it gives them something special to start the year with. :)

    • brn2add

      Do you have a price list of what the “buy/stockpile” prices are for school supply items?

      • lmoore77

        She does…go on the side under Categories and click on Back to School. I just found it on page 2 of the posts, last one. Obviously that will change as she adds for posts under Back to School . Hope that helps you find it!

    • Ashley Estes

      I wonder what the limit on recycling binders at Staples is?

    • Jenn

      I don’t know if this is still the case, but in years past I was able to get a limit of 25 items with my teacher account at staples. I just had to show my school ID when I signed up for the card. Also, go for the Crayola crayons when they are on sale-even if they are twice the price of the cheapo brand, they are so worth it (from my 14 years experience as a preschool teacher-we go thru a lot of crayons!) The Crayola last longer and just try coloring with them, they “feel” so much better than the cheap waxy ones.