Best Last-Minute Back to School Sales

August 17, 2009 by  
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Sonya asked for it; you got it! We’ve done all the last-minute back-to-school shopping for you and compiled a list of the best current deals on school supplies! This is a mondo list, so buckle your seatbelt….

  • CVS Pharmacy: FREE filler paper (150 sheets). You pay 99¢ with ExtraCare card, then receive a 99¢ ExtraBucks reward, making the deal free. Limit 2 per household with card. Only valid through Tuesday, August 18 (8/19/09). Other CVS deals: Buy a backpack for $7.99, get a lunch carrier FREE (with ExtraCare card); 39¢ poster board; FREE Paper Mate Write Bros. pens 10-pack; FREE Caliber recycled school box; FREE mini composition book; 29¢ each pencil sharpener, pen/ink eraser, 12″ ruler, No. 2 pencils 10-count, or index dividers; buy 2 get 1 FREE fashion composition books, notebooks, or portfolios; BOGO Bic Wite-Out 0.7-oz bottle, shake-n-squeeze pen, or correction tape. Most of these offers require the ExtraCare card. Three Albuquerque-area CVS stores to serve you.
  • Wal-Mart: 15¢ notebook, spiral bound, 70 sheets, college or wide ruled; $4 Five Star notebook, spiral bound, 200 sheets, college or wide ruled; $1.50 Five Star 1-subject notebook, 100 sheets, college or wide ruled; $2.50 each Avery 1″ view binder, Avery 5-tab dividers, Sharpie pens 2-pack, or Pilot G2 2-pack; $69 mini-fridge (Ed. note: When we were in college, there was no such thing as a dorm fridge, only Hot Pots); $39 microwave. Fifteen Wal-Mart stores in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, Belen, and Edgewood.
  • Target: $29 microwave; 50¢ composition book; $2 mechanical pencils or Wite-Out correction tape; $5 dry-erase or cork bulletin board; $4 each Mead Five Star fashion planner or 2-subject fashion notebook; $13 Case it velcro-close binder; 69¢ each 24-count wood #2 pencils or 2-count pink erasers; $2.50 locker accessories, including mesh bin, mirror, or pencil holder; $20 JanSport backpack; $7 licensed lunch kits; $28 Epson Stylus NX100 printer/scanner/copier. Five Target stores in Albuquerque, and three others around New Mexico.
  • K-mart: FREE box of Kleenex when you  buy school supplies totaling $15 or more (requires this coupon); 2 for $2 stretchable book covers or school boxes; 99¢ each Crayola 8-count watercolors or 12-count colored pencils; BOGO MX notebooks. Three K-mart stores in Albuquerque, one each in Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, plus five others throughout New Mexico.
  • Staples: 25¢ black & white composition books (through Weds 8/19/09 only); $1 each Staples brand highlighter 6-pack, Paper Mate retractable gel pens 4-pack, Staples Comfort Stic ballpoint pens 12-pack, Paper Mate Expressions assorted fashion erasers 4-pack; BOGO Pentel Twist-Erase mechanical pencils 4-pack, Tiger paper clips 100-pack, Elmer’s school glue 4-oz, Westcott 7″ student scissors, Staples writing pads 12-pack, Staedtler Maxum ballpoint pens bold 8-pack, Staples letter-size poly expanding file, Staples finger-grip 12″ ruler. Six Staples stores in Albuquerque, Los Lunas, and Santa Fe.
  • Walgreens: BOGO 3-ring binders 1/2 to 1.5 inches; buy one get one 50% off Mead Five Star notebooks 100-200 sheets; 49¢ each tab dividers 5-pack, Paper Mate pens or mechanical pencils 10-pack, crayons various size packs, sheet protectors, letter-size writing pads, pencil boxes, pencil case, index card case, Mirado classic #2 wooden pencils 6-pack, hand-held pencil sharpener, Penway school glue bottle, invisible tape; 99¢ 3-subject notebook (requires coupon in this flyer); six for $1 2-pocket folder (requires coupon in this flyer). There’s practically a Walgreens on every corner. More specifically, there are at least 50 in the Albuquerque area.
  • Office Depot: 25¢ each glue sticks, book covers, half-size notebooks; $2.99 each Really Useful Boxes plastic 3-liter storage boxes or Office Depot brand plastic stacking crates; FREE with minimum purchase of $10 Office depot acrylic ruler, eraser caps 12-pack, or Scholastic crayons 8-pack; 99¢ each Fiskars school scissors, Office Depot Value notebook filler paper 150-count, Paper Mate Expressions mini pens 8-pack, stackable organizer trays, 3-hole notebook punch, magnetic rubber calculator, Webster’s mini dictionary, Office Depot correction tape, Gartner fashion portfolios, Paper Mate mechanical pencils 5-pack. Six Office Depot stores in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe.

Important: note that many of these offers have restrictions, such as quantity limitations (e.g.: “limit 2 per household” or “while supplies last”) and time limitations (e.g.: “offer good through Weds 8/19/09 only”). Our advice: pick up a copy of the store’s sale flyer when you arrive; they’re often available as you come in the door. Offers are good only on brands indicated (or the store brand). If you have any questions about whether or not an item is on sale, check with a sales associate before checking out!

Also, we are not an official source for any of the companies listed, so don’t bother brandishing a print-out of this post and thinking the clerk is going to honor any of the prices stated herein. We’re just reporting what we found when we shopped this weekend.

Good luck in hacking your way through the back-to-school supply jungle! And please use the comments section to note other fantastic back-to-school deals we overlooked. We’ll be happy to give you credit for the find!

–Elizabeth Hanes


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