Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your child’s school supplies. Grab that list of needed items and start checking out the sales. Buying an extra pack of pens or paper now will save you money when your child turns to you one night and says, “Oh, by the way, I need a file folder and paper for school tomorrow.” I can’t even list all the sales going on for back-to-school supplies. CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot and other retailers have lots of supplies for $1 or less.
At my next coupon class we’ll talk about saving on school supplies and other everyday expenses. The class will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Lexington Public Library, Northside Branch, 1733 Russell Cave Road. No reservations are required.
In the meantime, here are just some of the back-to-school deals being offered:
At Office Max:
Get 100 percent back in MaxPerks bonus rewards on your purchase of backpacks, messenger bags, laptop bags and totes.
Get a $50 school supply kit for $24.99.
College student get a bonus when they buy any HP inkjet printer for more than $199. With a valid college email you will get the college survival kit plus $50 back. The kit contains four movie tickets ($40 gift card), free custom poster from Snapfish ($11 value), eBooks, SparkCharts and more from Barnes and Nobles ($110 value.)
Print a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more.
Get Zebra Z-Grip retractable ballpoint pens for $4, then send in for a $4 rebate.
Get 50 percent back in Staples Rewards when you buy any backpack. Other retailers: An 8-count package of Paper Mate Grip pens is on sale for $1.99 at CVS. Receive $1.99 in Extra Bucks.
Walmart has Artic Zone lunch boxes starting at $3. Make sure there is a form inside to get a free Parents Magazine subscription or, if you don’t want the magazine, get a refund for $4.96.
Buy a backpack at Toys R Us for $12.99 or more and get a free lunch kit worth $9.99.
Students can get a 4GB Xbox 360 for free with the purchase of a select Windows 7 PC for $690 or more. Call HP sales center at 1-800-230-5752 to redeem or for more information.
Buy one pack of qualifying 3M products and get a free purse Post-It Note disperser with mail-in rebate.
Don’t forget to sign up for an Upromise account. This free service allows you to accrue money when you shop at more than 800 online stores and 8,000 restaurants and grocery stores. It will put a percentage of what you buy toward college tuition, expenses or loans.
Just for teachers
Teacher Appreciation Day at Staples in Lexington is 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 20. The first 100 teachers will get free thank-you gift bags with coupon savings and sneak peak at must-haves new items for the classroom.
Office Max’s Teacher Appreciation Days are Sunday and Monday. Sign up for MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers to get a free reusable tote, plus 20 percent off everything you can fit inside. There also will be giveaways for the first 150 teachers.
Big Lots is having a Teacher Appreciation Day on Aug. 13.
Ann Taylor Loft’s Loft Loves Teachers program offers 15 percent off all in-store purchases, plus an introductory discount for new members.
At The Limited, show a school ID or valid pay stub to get 15 percent off all items on the racks, walls or tables.
At J. Crew, show your school ID and get 15 percent off.
Banana Republic offers 10 percent off to any teacher with a valid school ID, but only at participating locations. Call before you shop.
Sign up for a Half Price Books’ teacher and librarian card to get discounts of 10 percent year-round. Visit any Half Price Books location and show your school ID to get the free card. The card is good for in-store purchases only.
At the Apple Store, teachers receive 5 percent off all in-store purchases with proof of employment. This includes librarians, home schoolers and university professors.
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Office Depot. Get 20 percent off instantly on qualifying purchases with your Star Teacher Member Card. This Saturday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. teachers receive a free breakfast, free tote bag, samples and giveaways. If you are not a member of the Star Teacher program join online today or join in store.
Receive free identification stickers for your child’s car seat.
Get a free portrait collage at PictureMe Portrait Studios in Wal-Mart and other money-saving coupons.
Through July 30, Kmart is doubling manufacturer’s coupons with face values of up to 99 cents. You have to be a Shop Your Way Rewards program member, but you can go to customer service and sign up for the card. The offer is available in select stores, and Lexington is on the list.
There also is a coupon in Kmart’s weekly sales flyer for a free American Fair 8-ounce hand sanitizer with any purchase.