The traditional school year is still more than a month away, but now is the time to start stocking up on school supplies.
This Sunday marks the second full week of school supply deals so take advantage of the sales while you can.
But do your homework and read the fine print. Oftentimes, back-to-school sales require a minimum purchase and most deals also have limits.
Don’t forget to shop the sales and pick up extras to donate to a teacher you know or for a nearby public school.
With school finances tight and teacher raises still in question, a donation of school supplies would be a welcome sight at the front desk of any public school.
Here's a cheat sheet of the best deals this week -- with the fine print noted so there are no surprises for you at the cash register.
Sharpie marker 2-pack (black): $1.99 but FREE after rebate.
1-subject notebooks: 17 cents.
12-inch wood ruler: 25 cents.
Staples school glue (4 oz.): 39 cents.
Crayola crayons 24-pack: 50 cents.
Slider pencil case: 75 cents.
Crayola color pencils 12-pack: 97 cents.
Multi-purpose 500-sheet package of paper: $2 after in-ad coupon and rebate.
Special deal: 25 percent off school supplies when you buy a backpack.
Office Depot and OfficeMax, which now have a combined circular:
Scholastic and OfficeMax 4-pack glue sticks: 25 cents. Limit 3.
5-inch scissors: 25 cents. Limit 2.
Sharpie markers: 25 cents each. Limit 10.
Scholastic crayons 24-pack: 25 cents. Limit 3.
Post-It Super Sticky Die-Cut notes: $1.
Notebook 3-hole punch: $1.
Neon erasers: 25 cents.
Mead 70-sheet spiral notebook: 50 cents.
Elmer’s school glue 2-pack sticks: 50 cents.
Poly folders: 50 cents.
Composition books (100 sheets): 50 cents.
Crayola Crayon 24-pack: 50 cents.
150-sheet filler paper: 82 cents.
5-pack of 70-sheet notebooks: 97 cents.
Bic 10-pack pens: 97 cents.
Sterlite pencil box: 97 cents.
Dixon No. 2 pencil 20-pack: 97 cents.
Expo Dry Erase 5-pack: $2.97
Poly portfolio: 50 cents.
Use the $1.50/3 Up & Up office supplies coupon available to print on Target.com
= 3 FREE!
SanDisk 16GB retractable USB drive: $12.99 -- Buy 1, Get 1 for $1. That’s $7 each, a decent buy if you need two.
Wexford highlighter or 2-pocket folder: 7/$1 with in-ad coupon.
24-pack Penway crayons, Wexford index tab dividers, 1-subject notebooks, eight-count No. 2 pencils and kids scissors): 49 cents.
Wexford 130-count filler paper or 100-sheet composition book, 12-pack Penway colored pencils): 79 cents.
Kleenex (85 count): 99 cents
.50/3 7/13 SS
.75/3 possible Ibotta credit
= as low as 57 cents each after coupon and Ibotta credit.
Mead Five Star notebooks, composition books or portfolios: BOGO (no online prices listed)
$1/2 7/6 P&G
= This might make for a good deal.
Backpacks or tote bags: BOGO.
Mead composition books or 70-count one-subject notebooks: 3/$1.98. That’s 66 cents each.
Mead Five Star Binders and Notebooks: 25 percent off
$1/2 7/6 P&G
= This might make for a decent deal.
$1/2 Five Star 7/6 P&G insert.
$1.50/3 Up & Up school supplies at Target (Available to print at Target.com) Note: Mine printed with an Aug. 16 expiration date so these have nice long life to them.