Welcome back for week two of The Krazy Coupon Lady’s back-to-school deals! This year, in addition to the back-to-school deals we share every Sunday (and in lieu of back-to-school videos), we’re publishing this weekly post—a best-of B2S shopping list! Follow this guide every week and you’ll have more than enough school and office supplies to last the rest of the year!
Office Depot Notebook Filler Paper, 150 sheets $0.25
Our stock-up price for lined notebook filler paper is under $0.50 for 150 sheets. Last year, we saw this same deal one time at Office Depot. It was free or a penny once at OfficeMax and Staples last year, but required a minimum purchase.
Manual 2-Hole Pencil Sharpener $0.25
Office Depot had the best prices last year on manual pencil sharpeners. These 2-hole sharpeners were $0.25 one week and $0.10 another week in 2012.
Purell Hand Sanitizer, 1 oz $0.10*
*Not pictured above. Our stock-up price for these on-the-go mini hand sanitizers is $0.10 and under. Last year, we saw a $1.00/3 coupon for any Purell, so these could be as low as free if the coupon reappears. We saw these on sale for $0.10 once last year at OfficeMax.
OfficeMax Glue Sticks, 4 ct $0.25
Glue sticks are a stock-up price at $0.10 each or less, so this is a krazy deal at under $0.07 a stick! Last year, we saw four-pack glue sticks for $0.50 ($0.13 a stick). During July and August 2012, Walmart’s store brand was $0.25 for 3 sticks ($0.09 a stick).
Just Basics Ballpoint Pen, 10 ct $0.25
Last year, ballpoint pens (8 pack or larger) went on sale for $0.25 or less six times at various stores. This deal doesn’t require a minimum purchase or coupon.
Schoolio 1-Subject Notebook, 70 sheets $0.15
One subject notebooks are frequently on sale, so we wait to stock up until they’re less than $0.20. In 2012, they were free or $0.01 three times at office stores and $0.17 at Walmart for the back-to-school season.
Schoolio 3-Ring Poly Binder, 1 or 1.5 inch $1.00*
*Not pictured above. This is a great price for the 1.5 inch binder! But, for the one inch, it’s just okay. We saw the same price on one-inch binders three times last year from OfficeMax, twice at $1.00 each, and once at $0.25 each. Walmart’s school season price for the 1 inch poly binder was $0.74, so if you’re looking for a 1 inch at the best price, you may want to wait.
Single Woodcase #2 Pencil $0.01
After Minimum $5.00 Purchase, excluding Max Value Items, Limit 20
Our stock-up price is $0.05 or less per mechanical pencil and $0.03 or less for a wood pencil, so this is as cheap as it gets! Since the $5.00 minimum excludes Max Value items (including all the OfficeMax products listed above), you’ll want to buy the OfficeMax Multipurpose Paper Ream or Duracell Batteries to reach that $5.00 minimum. We saw promotions for free or $0.01 wood pencils twice last year with a $5.00 purchase requirement, once at Staples and once at OfficeMax.
OfficeMax 8.5″ x 11″ Multipurpose Paper, 500 sheets $6.99
Buy 1, Receive $5.99 Back in MaxPerks Bonus Rewards, Limit 2
Pay $6.99, Receive $5.99 Back in MaxPerks Bonus Rewards
Final Price: $1.00This is the perfect purchase to make in order to cash in on the $0.01 pencils! MaxPerks are similar to drugstore rewards: you pay the base price out of pocket, then receive store credit to use on a future purchase. However, MaxPerks are issued monthly or quarterly, depending on which account you sign up for, so you won’t be able to “roll” them immediately. On the bright side, they expire 90 days after issuance (which is much better than ExtraBucks, +Up Rewards, and Register Rewards).
Duracell CopperTop AA and AAA Alkaline Batteries, 20 ct $16.99
Buy 1, Receive $16.98 Back in MaxPerks Bonus Rewards, Limit 2
Pay $16.99, Receive $16.98 Back in MaxPerks Bonus Rewards
Final Price: $0.01
Slider Pencil Case $0.25
Limit 2These slider cases were on sale for a penny two times last year, once at Office Depot and once at Staples. The stock-up price we look for is $0.25 or less.
Staples 8.5″ x 11″ Multipurpose Paper, 500 sheets $6.99
Buy 1, Submit for $5.99 Easy Rebate, Limit 2 per household
Pay $6.99, Receive $5.99 Easy Rebate
Final Price: $1.00It’s nice to see the paper deal back this week, and now it’s a Staples Easy Rebate, payable via mailed check or PayPal deposit. Just input your receipt information online to submit the rebate–it’s that simple!
Bic Wite-Out Correction Tape, 2 ct $1.00
Limit 2We only saw this product once at $0.50 for the singles last year, so stock up if you prefer the tape over the liquid version! Our stock-up price for the liquid version is $0.25 per small bottle.
Kingston DataTraveler 101 G2 16GB USB Flash Drive $9.00
USB 2.0, Up to 10 MB/s Data Transfer SpeedsA good rule of thumb is to pay less than $1.00 per GB with flash drives.
Wexford Mini Highlighter $0.13
With In-Ad Coupon, Limit 16Our stock-up price for standard size highlighters is $0.25 each or less. Our mini highlighter stock-up price is half that, so about $0.13 each.
Wexford Scissors, 5 inch $0.49
With In-Ad Coupon, Limit 6We only saw kid scissors drop below $0.50 a pair once last summer. So it’s safe to assume that this may be as low as it will get.
Crayola Posterboard, 22 x 28″ $0.49
With In-Ad Coupon, Limit 6The Dollar Tree carries white posterboard for $0.69, which is usually the lowest price around. $0.49 per sheet is a great stock-up price!
Cra-Z-Art Chalkboard Chalk $0.47
We saw chalk last year for $0.50 only one time and once for $0.25 at Staples. We may run into a lower price later in the school sale season, but you may want to buy a few at this price, just in case.
Walmart Yellow Self-Stick 3×3 Notes, 4 ct $1.94
For sticky notes, we look for $0.50 or under per pad for generic or store brands and $0.60 for the Post-It brand. At this price, each pad is $0.49.
Walmart Pastel Self Stick 3×3 Notes, 12 ct $5.88
These are also $0.49 a pad, but they do have different colors!
Walmart Yellow Self-Stick 3×3 Notes, 12 ct $5.37
At $0.45 a pad, this is probably one of the lowest prices we’ll see this season.
Notebook Filler Paper, 150 sheets $0.25*
With Purchase of $5.00 or more with Membership, Limit 3*Not pictured. As with Office Depot this week, we’re seeing a great stock-up price for filler paper at just a quarter! We only saw a lower price twice last year. A $5.00 minimum purchase is required, so only do this deal if you have other shopping to do at Kmart.USD