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Cheat sheet of best school supply deals for Aug. 17-23

Here’s this week’s cheat sheet of the very best deals school supplies at the office supply stores, big box retailers, drug stores, discounters and grocery stores. I’ve done the research so you can scoop up the best of the bargains without burning up a lot of gasoline..

Also take note of the many new coupons on school supplies in the Sunday Smart Source coupon insert, including discounts on Sharpies, Paper Mate pens and pencils, Expo dry erase markers, Uni-Ball pens and Mr. Sketch markers.

The 50-cent Paper Mate coupon is particularly good, enabling you to score free packs of pens or pencils at several stores.


Note: Check out the set of $1 coupons inside the Sunday circular. These are store coupons on Sharpie, Paper Mate, Uni-Ball, Expo and Mr. Sketch products. You should be able to combine these with manufacturer coupons for even greater savings.

Paper Mate Profile ballpoint pens 4-pack: FREE after $3 Easy Rebate.

2-pocket paper folders: 15 cents.

Composition books: 50 cents.

Bic 5-pack mechanical pencils or 10-pack Cristal stick pens: $1 minus $1/2 8/3 Smart Source coupon = 50 cents each.

Staples 120-count filler paper: 82 cents.

Crayola 10-pack markers: 97 cents.

Crayola 12-pack colored pencils: 97 cents.

Mini staplers: 99 cents.

Protractor or compass: $1.

Glue sticks 4-pack: $1.25.

500-sheet copy paper: $1 after in-ad coupon and Easy Rebate.

16GB flash drive: $7.

Save $2 instantly on a binder when you recycle an old binder.

110 percent price-match guarantee on school supplies.

Office Depot and OfficeMax, which now have a combined circular:

Plastic slider pencil box: 25 cents. Limit 3.

School glue 4 oz.: 25 cents. Limit 3.

12-inch plastic ruler: 25 cents. Limit 3.

Wood pencils 8-pack: 25 cents. Limit 3.

Hand sanitizer with carabiner clip: 50 cents. Limit 3.

One-inch plastic flexible binder: 50 cents. Limit 3.

Poly composition book: $1. Limit 3.

Scotch heavy duty shipping tape: $2. Limit 3.

Ticonderoga 18-pack No. 2 pencils: $3.


Paper folder: 15 cents.

70-sheet spiral notebooks: 25 cents.

Neon erasers: 25 cents.

Bic 10-pack Round Stic pens: 97 cents

$1/2 8/3 Smart Source insert

= 47 cents each.

Elmer’s 4 oz. glue: 50 cents.

Crayola 24-count crayons: 50 cents.

150-sheet pack of filler paper: 75 cents.

Dixon No. 2 pencils 20-pack: 97 cents.

90-sheet Post-It Sticky Notes: $1.

Crayola 12-count colored pencils: $1.27.

Crayola Washable water colors 8-pack: $1.97.

Ticonderoga pencils 24-pack: $3.97.


Note: Look for store coupons on the Target website. You can stack these with manufacturer coupons for more savings. Print them via Target.com. There is a link to coupons at the bottom of the home page.

Crayola 12-count colored pencils: 99 cents.

Crayola 10-count markers: 99 cents.

Lunch kits: starting at $9.

Backpacks: starting at $14.

Dollar General:

Sharpie highlighter: 50 cents.

Sharpie permanent marker 2-pack: $1.

Paper Mate InkJoy 8-pack pens: $2 minus $1 coupon in 8/17 Smart Source = $1.

Dollar Tree:

200-count filler paper: $1. A nice deal, though Dollar General’s price is better.

8-pack glue sticks: $1.

10-oz. hand sanitizer: $1.

64-count crayons: $1.

24-count No. 2 pencils: $1.

3-subject notebooks: $1.

Dry erase board (8.5” by 11”): $1.


100-count index cards: 25 cents after $5 minimum purchase. Limit 5.

Paper Mate 3-pack pearl erasers: 25 cents after $5 minimum purchase. Limit 5.

Economy binders: 25 cents after $5 minimum purchase. Limit 5.

USA Gold 10-pack pencils: $1.

Plastic pencil boxes: $1.


Paper Mate mechanical pencils or stick pens 10-pack: 49 cents minus .50/1 coupon in the 8/17 SS = FREE!

Wexford 2-pocket paper folder with prongs: 7/$1. That’s 14 cents each.

Wexford mini highlighters: 7/$1 with in-ad coupon. That’s 14 cents each.

Wexford erasers 2-pack pink or 15-pack caps: 19 cents with in-ad coupon.

Bic Brite Liner highlighters 5-pack: 79 cents with in-ad coupon minus $1/2 8/3 SS = 29 cents each.

Wexford 100-pack index cards: 29 cents with in-ad coupon.

Wexford plastic ruler or 4 oz. school glue: 39 cents with in-ad coupon.

Highlighters 6-pack: 49 cents.

Clear school supplies box: 49 cents with in-ad coupon.

Composition book: 69 cents with in-ad coupon.

Legal pads 2-pack or 3-pack: 79 cents.

Crayola colored pencils 12-pack: 99 cents.

Crayola markers 8-10 count: 99 cents.

Crayola crayons 24-pack: 99 cents.

20-pack No. 2 pencils: 99 cents.

280-sheet filler paper: $1.49.

Elmer’s glue sticks 6-pack: $1.99.

Wexford binders: BOGO.

Rite Aid:

Bic stationery supplies (select varieties): 99 cents

$1/2 8/3 SS

= 49 cents each.

Kroger (sales through Tuesday, 8/19):

Paper Mate pens 10-pack: 33 cents minus .50/1 coupon in the 8/17 Smart Source = FREE!

Crayola Classic markers 10-pack: 99 cents.

Aldi (sales through Tuesday, 8/19):

Hand sanitizer (8 oz.): 99 cents.

Food Lion (sales through Tuesday, 8/19):

Bic Crystal Stic Pens 10-pack: 99 cents

$1/2 8/3 SS

= 49 cents each.

Lowes Foods (sale good through Aug. 26)

Purell hand sanitizer (8 oz. pump): $1.99 with store coupon booklet

$1/1 7/27 SS2

= 99 cents.