Take Advantage of Back-to-School Deals Even if You Don’t Have a Back-to-Schooler

I love the Back-to-School season.  Even though I’m not a student anymore it doesn’t mean I have no need for school supplies – and I’ll bet you and your family need some, too.

Year-round office supplies. Every year for as long as I can remember I’ve used the super sales to stock up on most of my office supplies for the year.   Pens, pencils, notebooks, paper – there are always a ton of great loss leaders.   And loss leaders – when retailers give ridiculously low prices in hopes that you’ll spend more money on high profit items while you’re there – are a frugal Mom’s friend.

Birthday Party Favors. Once  Son was born my Back-to-School shopping took on a new dimension.  Son sports a July birthday, so in addition to my own office supplies I’ve been taking advantage of the great deals as frugal party favors.  One year I got boxes of 25 crayons for a penny apiece!  You can bet I stocked up – I had enough for 3 years of parties!

Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers. For the kids, for your spouse, to donate to a charity.  Shop early and save!

In my area I’m lucky enough to have Staples, Office Depot and Office Max all close by.  And then there’s Target, K-Mart and Walmart.  I can’t wait to see what deals I’ll get this year!

And speaking of this year – Son enters kindergarten next month.  I’m so very sad that his early childhood is nearly over.  I’m unhappy that Son will be in school all day (as opposed to the 1/2 day kindergartens in many other areas).  I’m going to miss him like crazy.  And for the first time since I graduated college I’m actually going to use Back-to-School sales for someone that is actually going to school.

I already have a lot of the things on the teachers’ supply list.  A few months ago I got a $10 off $10 purchase coupon in the mail from Office Max, so I’ve got a good head start.  But Son needs a backpack, and I’d like to get him a new lunchbox (though I may wait until after school starts and they go on clearance to replace it).

So I already took advantage of Staples’ super deals this week to get Son that backpack.  Staples was offering a box of pencils for a penny and a ream of copy paper for a penny after rebate, with a limit of 2 each.  Staples also offered a $5 off $20 purchase coupon.  So, here’s how it all shook out:

Pencils                       2 boxes @  $.01  = $     .02

Copy Paper               2 reams @$3.69 = $ 7.38

Backpack, 25% off                                     = $14.99

Subtotal:                                                        $22.39

Less $5 off coupon                                       -$ 5.00

Less paper rebate                                           $7.36

Total Cost:                                                    $10.03

So, for pennies over $10 I got the backpack, 2 reams of paper (and if you live in my house with Son’s love of drawing (mostly restrooms!) you go through a ton of paper!) and 24 pencils.  Woo hoo!

Important! I admit I’ve forgotten a time or two to submit the rebate.  Never again!   Send it it!!!!

I also picked up some 25-count boxes of crayons at Target for $.25 apiece.  Hey, those penny ones didn’t last forever!

So, this Sunday I’ll be sure to check out the paper, or perhaps just visit the stores’ websites, and see where the best deals are.  And I’ll plan my week to hit the sales – as long as it’s not out of my way.  But go early for those loss leaders – sometimes they’re gone by Monday!

One more thing – check to see if your state offers a sales tax holiday, and if they do wait to buy anything that isn’t usually on sale.  Florida used to do this, but I can’t find  any info on one this year.  I hope you’re luckier!

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Deal of the Day December 20, 2008

Go here to print your copy of this Office Max coupon. Good in-store only. It expires 1/03/09.

Deal of the Day October 22, 2008

In honor of Customer Appreciation Week Staples is knocking 10% off most purchases with this printable coupon. Valid in-stores only, excluded items include personal computers, laptops, gift cards, phone cards and postage stamps. Offer ends 10/25/2008.

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Deal of the Day July 22, 2008

Office Depot is offering 10% off all purchases via coupon code 42759854. As usual, tech items are excluded.  Expires 08/30/2008.  Use to get a jump start on school supplies, like what’s offered in this week’s circular:

  • FREE after rebate Sharp Scientific Calculator (limit 1)
  • 1cent translucent 2-pocket poly portfolio (limit 10)
  • 15cent notebook filler paper (limit 5)
  • 25 cent Scholastic 16-pk crayons (limit 5)
  • 50 cent 1” vinyl binders (limit 5).

Also, you can get a FREE journal worth $4.99 with any dated goods (calendars, etc.) purchase of $15 or more.

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Deal of the Day July 14, 2008

One of my Dad’s favorite stores is Big Lots. You can get some really good deals there…

This Sunday they are having a special Friends and Family Sale, and are offering a 20% off your entire purchase coupon! Special shopping hours are 6-9 pm, and there are restrictions.

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Deal of the Day July 8, 2008

Here’s a great deal if you’re doing any air travel in the near future…

Pick your discount over at JetBlue with choice of $10 or 10% off a JetBlue flight. After choosing your destination and flight, enter coupon code JET10D for the $10 savings, or code JET10 for the 10% savings. While there be sure to check out their current featured web fares of New York/JFK to Long Beach for $244, New York/JFK to Orlando for $114, or New York/JFK to Oakland for $244. Coupons expire 07/10/2008 for travel between 09/03/2008 – 12/16/2008. Some blackout dates apply, see site for details.

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Deal of the Day July 7, 2008

I wait for this sale every year…

Staples is having their 1 cent Deal season (at least in my area), usually running every week until school starts.   Offered for a penny this week are an 8 pack of #2 pencils,  2-pocket folders and .5 oz bottles of Purell.  They are  also offering a 4-pack of Pentel highlighters for $4.99 that are free after rebate.  Many gread deals abound, and of course quantity restrictions apply. This weeks sale runs yesterday through Wednesday.

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Deal of the Day May 28, 2008

Here’s a freebie for you!

Register with Office Depot to receive updates on sales and happenings, and they’ll send you an email coupon good for a free DVD+R Media 10-Pack. They’re great for all audio, video, and data storage, and have a retail value of $9.99. Available while supplies last.

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Deal of the Day May 17, 2008

Office Depot has some great deals this week. First off is coupon code 99012634 for a savings of 10% on all purchases. Tech items excluded. Their Clearance Blowout boasts red tag savings of up to 80% off original prices, and they’re giving away a free Brother P-Touch PT80 Handheld Labeler with the purchase of 2 Brother high yield toners. Coupon expires 05/31/2008.

Also, I’m pretty sure that if you spend $50 or more they will deliver it free if you live withing their local delivery area. Of course you’ll want to top the driver…

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