I published this post almost 2 years ago today with my tips to help you save on BACK TO SCHOOL Supplies. I shopped last year for FREE & nearly FREE on school supplies for 3 Kids and it wasn’t that hard to do. I thought now would be a great time to repost for all of our new readers & fans. And don’t worry, we’ll be posting all the HOT Back to School Freebies & Coupon Matchups for you -we’ actually already started with several in the past 2 weeks. So stay tuned and enjoy this Repost of my BTS Tips 😀

WOOHOO! I’m done with Back To School Shopping! And I did it all for FREE or nearly FREE! I remember the years when back to school shopping for 3 kids cost us $100 or more! I sure wish I was as wise with my spending then, as I strive to be now! So, what’s the difference, aside from the obvious Out Of Pocket expense?

I used to wait until the last couple weeks before school went back in. Then I made one trip to WalMart with my lists for all 3 kids and piled it all in the buggy. That’s how I’d guess 80% of moms in my area did it, which was obvious by the mad dash and traffic jams in the back to school isles, which was an added stress! I was lucky if I only spent $100 and can remember many times checking out for upwards of $150. Ugh! I cringe at the thought of that now!

The difference….planning ahead and spending more wisely, just as with all necessities. “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage” ~Proverbs 21:5

The minute the Back To School supply sales hit the shelf, which is early-mid summer, I’m there! The first day of that stores weekly sale-because many times the serious deals are gone quickly! This is when you can snag brand name items like Crayola Crayons or Elmers Glue for ridiculously low prices like .20cent ! Stores can do this, because they know most families live paycheck to paycheck and will wait until the last minute when the prices go back up.

I hit each and every ridiculously low deal and get ONLY those ridiculously low deals, like OfficeMax had 10 packs of pens for .20 per pack and Big Lots had 3 Subject Notebooks 10 for $1.00. Stores use these low deals to get you in the store knowing that the majority will also purchase other items. Not me…I prefer NOT to be in the majority these days! As Dave Ramsey says “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else”. A founding principle for handling finances and preparing for a prosperous and debt free future!

I make my quick runs into every store, every week building up to Back To School time and snag just those super low deals. I’m usually finished well before most families even think about shopping for Back To School!

I hit CVS, OfficeMax and Big Lots one final time again today and finished my back to school supply shopping! Whew! What a relief. The photo above in no way does my stockpiling over the last month justice! You can’t actually see the depth of the stacks of each item! I scored MORE than enough for my 3 kids and will be donating the overage to their classrooms for other kids that are in need. That’s a far cry from my “new mom” years of Back To School Shopping!

The deals have been so numerous, I can’t even begin to make you all a list, but encourage you to check each store circular in your area each week and snag only those super low deals! We’re also including them in our Weekly Matchups. My stockpile is a combination of deals I scored for Free or Nearly Free from Rite Aid, CVS, OfficeMax, Big Lots and WalMart and there are many more that we post for Dollar General, Family Dollar, Target & more!

So, will you make an all in one, last minute trip to get your kids supply list items, or will you score all the deals you can at various stores?

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  1. Awesome ! I love their 1cent deals – there will continue to be more every week as we get closer!


  2. AWESOME ! Thanks, I don’t think that Melissa listed those in her matchups ( her kids aren’t school age yet !) so I’ll try to add them before Targets sale ends this week for any week-end shoppers : D Thanks for sharing !


  3. officemax has 2 pocket folders, with or without prongs, for 1 penny this week. limit 5

  4. Great back to school deals at Target right now as well in the back of the store where they do the seasonal sales. Here are just some I can remember:
    Mead Compostion notebooks: $1
    12 pack Crayola washable markers $2
    2 pack rose art glue sticks .20 cents
    rose art liquid glue .40 cents
    pocket calculator 1.00
    10 pack bic pens .99
    10 pack papermate pens 1.09
    24 count crayola crayons .40!
    big selection of folders 1.00

  5. We are adding them as they come out into each weeks store matchups and will be doing Back To School Only Deal Posts as soon as they are on full force! Some awesome ones this week at CVS & Family Dollar – you can use the menu bar at the top of the blog and click on each store to view our matchups for that week.
    This is what we already posted for CVS this week :
    Caliber 2-Pocket Folders – 10/$1 (Limit 10)
    Caliber 1-Subject Notebooks (70-80 Sheets) – 3/$1
    Caliber Pen/Ink Eraser – 3/$1
    Caliber Pencil Sharpeners or Rulers – 3/$1
    Expo Dry Erase Markers (4 count) – $1.99
    Pilot Easy Touch Pens (2 pack) – 5/$5
    Sharpie Permanent Markers (2 count) or Twin Tip (1 count) – $1.99


  6. Gayl Bassette says

    thanks my kids have not started school yet but at least i wont fall into that trap,

  7. Question! Do you have a current list of the back to school deals and the breakdown of prices and stores available on your blog? Please, respond. Thank You 🙂

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