I told my kids I was going school supply shopping this morning and the horrified looks on their faces was priceless. But I got a good laugh out of it.
My first stop was Staples. Now through 9/19/15, Staples is price matching their competitors up to 110%. You will have to abide by the competitor ad, such as spending $5 in store to get the .01¢ deals. You’ll also have to buy the exact same item. Not all stores will have the exact same item and they will not price match store brand item (at least they did not at my location).
I made 2 stops and paid $16.62 for all the items in both pictures.
3 Papermate mechanical Pencils (2-packs) $.40 each (Office Max/Office Depot price match & 10% off)
1 Sharpie Fine Markers (5-pack) $.90 each (Office Max/Office Depot price match & 10% off)
Staples sale items:
2 Crayola Colored Pencils .97¢ each
2 Staples 100 ct index cards .48¢ each
1 Crayola 10-ct fine tip markers .97¢
1 Crayola 10-ct broad tip markers .97¢
2 Crayola 24-ct crayons .50¢ each
= 8.50 after taxes
Plus I get 2% back with my Staples Reward Card
Here is my receipt of the price matched items at 110%. The mechanical pencils were $7 at Staples but the Office Max ad had them for $1 each. So the difference is $6 and they take 110% off that price. So each package was .40¢ each! My kids LOVE mechanical pencils.
Office Max/Office Depot Deals
This week they have several .01¢ deals but you have to make a minimum $5 in store purchase and some items have a limit of 3. You can always team up with another family to get these deals and split the items up. Every year my kids have the 2 pocket 3 prong folders on their lists and sometimes in specific colors. Each year they sell out in many places so I buy them early. I also spend a few cents more for the plastic/poly folders. They last WAY longer than the paper versions.
10 Poly 2 pocket 3 prong folders .60 each = 6.00
3 packages Office Depot 3-packs erasers .01¢ each (with $5 minimum store purchase)
3 school glue 4oz .25¢ each
3 pencil pouches .01¢ each (with $5 minimum store purchase)
3 pencil sharpeners .01¢ each (with $5 minimum store purchase)
3 Rulers .25¢ each
= $8.12 after taxes
I take advantage of these deals often this time of year. I know I may not need 3 pencil pouches now, but I can store extra items in our school supply closet. Keeping a school supply closet is a great way to save money. Buy items on sale now and shop from your closet through the year.
Be sure to check out my post on 10 ways to save on back to school supplies.