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Back To School Shopping – Week Four


I hope everyone had a successful week of Back To School shopping. Once again, a slow week for me due to this horrendous cold I’ve been fighting. On the bright side, I can sing like Phoebe….My stinky shoes….

This week, I will be doing most of my shopping on Friday. From August 3 – August 5, there is a tax holiday. School supplies under $15 each and clothes and shoes under $75 each are tax exempt. For a complete list, click here TaxExemptList. Office Depot will be my exception, as the sales run out quick and I need composition books and folders 🙂

A reminder that there’s a contest for goody bags filled with school supplies at the end of the post.

The sales listed below are for SUNDAY JULY 29 – SATURDAY AUGUST 4. Happy Shopping 🙂


For anything that says “with card”, you need a CVS Extra Care Card. It’s free and you get rewards while shopping with it. You can get one in the store, at the register. You’ll get “money” back to spend at CVS. You can also get coupons by scanning your card at the red kiosk in the store.

One strategy I use with this is to do two transactions. Do one with anything that will get you ExtraBucks back. Then use those on the next transaction. That way, you don’t forget about them.

$1.00 – WITH CARD

Select Caliber stationary items.

$9.99 – WITH CARD

SanDisk 4GB movile microSDHC card with adapter or 4GB SDHC memory card

Spend $15, get $3 in ExtraBucks Rewards – Limit 5

Spend $15 on ANY Crayola (excluding clearance items) and you’ll get $3.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards.

Spend $15 on Five Star 1, 2, 3 or 5 subject notebooks (excluding clearance items) and you’ll get $3.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards.

Spend $15 on ANY Paper Mate Ink Joy or Expo items (excluding clearance items) and you’ll get $3.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards.

$20.99 – WITH CARD

HP ink #02, 22, 27, 60 or 75

Buy One, Get One 50% Off

Select Caliber stationary

All Bic pens, pencils, markers and wite-out

Georgia-Pacific copy and print paper – 500 sheets

Maxell CD-R 30-50 ct, DVD-R or DVD+R 15 ct

All Post-It or Scotch Tape items

All G2 of B2P pens

Office Depot

Office Depot will also price match, but only name brand items and usually not the “extreme deals” such as the penny sales. But, it never hurts to ask!

Teachers, make sure you use your Star Teacher Card for purchases. Also, ask at the store about limits. I had one manager tell me that teachers had triple the limit at his store because he felt so bad for us.

$0.01 each

Office Depot Brand 2-pocket folders assorted colors 681-080, 681-681 – limit 10

$0.25 each

Office Depot Brand marble composition books – limit 3

Personal Care hand sanitizer with clip – limit 3

Scholastic standard crayons – 24 pack – limit 3

Office Depot brand ballpoint pens – 10 pk – limit 3

$0.50 each

Office Depot brand 12″ acrylic ruler

$0.99 each

tug 2 hold manual pencil sharpener

Office Depot brand wooden pencils – 12 pk

Office Depot brand eraser caps – 12 pk

Office Depot brand filler paper

Space saver pencil box

$1.00 each

Paper Mate erasermate pens – 5 pk

Really Useful Boxes – 0.07 – 0.14 liter

Personal Care antibacterial liquid soap

SchoolWorks 5″ scissors – 2 pk

Office Depot brand poly index card box

Scholastic glue sticks – 2-pk

Mini metal storage bins

Office Depot brand scissors

Foray erasable highlighters – 3 pk

Scholastic bookcover

Paper Mate pink pear erasers

Office Depot brand stainless steel rulers

PowerHouse antibacterial wipes

$2.00 each

Office Depot brand name badges

Office Depot brand reinforcement labels 200-pk

Perk kitchen roll towels – 2 pk

Mead Scholastic notebook

Select Post-It super sticky die cut notes

Liquid Paper micro correction tape

Made in the USA wood pencils – 12 pk

Prang watercolor set

PaperPro nano mini stapler

$2.50 each

Wilson Jones 1″ lite-touch no-gap locking round-ring view binders

$3.00 each

Office Depot brand invisible tape in dispensers – 4 pk

Foray magnetic dry-erase board

Office Depot brand clipboard

Zebra Z-Grips, ball point pens, and mechanical pencils – 7 pk

Bic mini mechanical pencils – 28 pk

Energizer Max AA/AAA alkaline batteries – 4 pk

Post-It flags – 10 pk. pades

Five Star XL reinforced filer paper

Sharpie permanent fine-point markers – 5 pk

$4.00 each

Office Depot brand perf-top junior writing pads – 12 pk

Art Street construction paper – 300 pk

Office Depot brand premium multipurpose paper bonus ream (free 125 sheets)

Office Depot brand low-odor dry erase markers – 12 pk

Life+Gear glowsticks (not sure how this is a school supply…..)

Five Star stand n store pencil holders

Office Depot brand 3-hole punch

Post-It 3″ x  3″ note cubes

PaperPro evo compact stapler

Kleenez boutique facial tissues

Really Useful boxes plastic 3L storage box

$6.99 each

Sandisk 8 GB neon mini usb drivers

$7.99 each

Ativa 4GB fashion USB drives

$8.99 each

Lexar TwistTurn USB flash drive

$10.00 each

SwissGreat Backpack

20% off Locker Accessories

Locker Culture locker kit or 3 piece locker set

Office Max

Limits for teachers are double the limits stated.

FREE – limit 2 of each with a $5 min. purchase

Crayons, rules, sharpener


Dixon #2 pencils – 10-pk – limit 2

Paper Mate Write Bros blue or black pens – 10 pk – limit 3

$0.50 each

OfficeMax disappearing purple or white small glue sticks – 4 pk – limit 3

OfficeMax poly 3-fastner folder – limit 5

OfficeMax college or wide rule filler paper – 100 sheets – limit 3

OfficeMax clear zipper binder pocket – limit 5

$1.00 each

Schoolio 3″ x 5″ ruled or blank index cards – 100 pk

OfficeMax 2-pocket with fasteners or 4 pocket laminate folders

Paper lunch bags – 50 ct.

Resealable gallon bags – 12 ct

Resealable sandwich bags – 35 ct

Bounty Basic single roll paper towels – 52 ct

$2.00 each

OfficeMax 1-hole punch with grip or 3-hole notebook punch

Clorox fresh scent disinfecting wipes – 35 ct

OfficeMax 3-subject college or wide rule notebook – 120 sheets

Quartet 8.5″ x 11″ dry erase board

$3.00 each – when you buy 3 or more

OfficeMax 1″ durable view binders

$5.00 each – when you buy 3 or more

OfficeMax 1.5″ durable view binders

$6.99 each

Verbatim store n’ go 8GB USB 2.0 drive

Buy One Get One 50% off

All Bic writing and wite-out supplies

Buy 2, Get 1 Free

All Mead Five Star folders, binders, pencil pouches, notebooks and reinforced filler paper

All regularly priced Post-It and OfficeMax flags, notes, tabs and dispensers

All regularly priced Scotch and OfficeMax tape, adhesives and dispensers

All Crayola markers, colored pencils, crayons, paint and dry erase supplies

All Iris plastic storage

Buy 2, Get 2 Free

All EXPO markers, All Paper Mate InkJoy pens

These prices are only good with the coupon in the ad. Bring the ad from your newspaper – most of the ads in the store don’t have the coupons

$1.00 each

Avery 5-tab ready index reference dividers

Paper Mate profile assorted retractable ballpoint pens – 4 pk

SAVE $3.00

Select OfficeMax color, inkjet and laser paper reams

$5.00 each

Zebra Z-Grip black or assorted  ballpoint pens or 0.7 mm mechanical pencils – 24 pk

PaperPro compact stapler

Post-It 3″ x 3″ super sticky notes – 5 pk

$10.00 each

Sharpie ultra-fine assorted permanent markers – 24 pk

Save 50%

on a Scotch fashion tape dispenser with purchase of a Scotch magic tape refill 6 or 10 pk


Just a reminder about their teacher program this year (and I’m sighing loudly as I type this). You can purchase 2 for $0.01 and 23 at regular price. You will get the purchase price of the 23 regularly priced items back in the form of Staples Rewards, that are only good to buy things at Staples. I would STRONGLY encourage you to e-mail Staples and voice your concerns about the program this year.

There is a $5.00 off $50 coupon on the front of the ad. Bring the one from your paper, they don’t usually have coupons on the ad in the store.

$0.01 – limit 2

Staples standard paper clips – 100 pk

$0.01 – limit 6

Home Select pocket tissues

$0.01 – limit 10

2-pocket paper golder, assorted colors, with and without fasteners

$0.25 – limit 4

Bic mechanical pencils

Prang chalk, assorted colors

$0.50 – limit 4

Staples poly-cover composition book or 1 subject notebook

2 for $1.00 – limit 4

RoseArt crayons – 24 pk

$1.00 – limit 2

1″ Avery durable binder

$1.00 – After Rebate

Staples 8.5″ x 11″ multipurpose paper – 500 sheets – limit 2

Staples photo supreme 8.5″ x 11″ paper, double-sided matte – 50 pk – limit 4

$1.00 – limit 4

Staples 3″ x 4.25″ memo book with magnetic closure – 60 sheets

Staples mini poly snap envelope 4″ x 6″

Staples #10 envelopes tamper evident – 20 pk

Staedtier compass or protractor

Staples assorted patterns composition books

Staples dry-erase board eraser

6″ x 9″ top-wire writing pads, colors or prints

Softsoap aloe

RoseArt colored pencils – 15 pk

$2.00 – limit 4

Staples jumbo glue sticks

Staples pushpins in jar – 125 pk

Pilot FriXion ball gel pens – fine – 3 pk

Crayola washable markers or crayons

Lysol sanitizing wipes, spring scent

Really Useful storage box 1.6L


Purell instant hand sanitizer

WetOnes citrus disinfecting wipes

2 for $3.00

Scotch expressions tape


Scotch dual-lock fasteners

Quartet 8.5″ x 11″ magnetic dry-erase board with marker and eraser

Ticonderoga black pencils – 24 pk

Pentel 24/7 liquid highlighters, assorted colors

Crayola crayons – 64 pk


Swingline compact stand-up stapler, assorted colors

Staples standard-weight top-loading clear sheet protectors

Expo neon dry-erase markers, bullet tip

Bic Velocity retractable ballpoint pens, bold, assorted colors

Zebra Z-Grip mechanical pencils 0.7mm

Pentel EnerGel deluxe retractable gel pens, med.

All Paper Mate Ink Joy retractable pens

Bienfang 8.5″ x 11″ sketch pad

Binder Recycling

If you have any old binders, bring them in. You’ll get $2.00 off the purchase of a new one for every old binder you bring in.

2 for $7.00

Avery 0.5″ or 1″ binders

2 for $9.00

Avery Mini 5″ x 8″ binders

2 for $10.00

Avery 1.5″ binders

2 for $14.00

Avery 2″ binders


Target will also price match ads. You need to bring the ad and the purchase up to customer service to pay and the item has to exactly match the picture. If you have a Red Card, you get 5% off your purchase. You can get one that’s a debit card – acts exactly the same way your debit card does.


Paper Mate Eagle ballpoint pens – 10 ct.


RoseArt watercolors – 16 ct

USA Gold wood pencils – 10 or 12 ct

Maped pencil sharpener

RoseArt markers – 8 ct

Paper Mate pink pearl erasers – 3 ct


up and up 1″ clear-cover ring binder

Fashion notebooks, licensed notebooks and composition books

Fashion pencil cases and pouches

Crayola crayons – 48 ct


Pentel colored pencils – 12 ct

Mead 3-subject notebooks

Elmer’s glue sticks – 12 ct.


Planners in assorted styles

8 piece locker kit in assorted styles

Combination dry erase/cork board

Case-It 2 zippered fabric binders


Licensed lunch gear


Assorted backpacks


Grip and SwissGear backpacks


$0.15 – with coupon – limit 6

Wexford mini highlighers

100 pack of index cards

$0.39 – with coupon – limit 4

Wexford pencil or index card case

100 pack of index cards

$0.49 – with coupon – limit 2

Hard handle scissors

3 for $1.00 – with coupon – limit 6

Wexford  pocket portfolio or portfolio with prongs


Wexford glue sticks – 3 pk


Penway colored pencils – 12 pk


Wexford construction paper

Dixon variety pack – 25 pk

Bic Crystal pens – 4 pk

Keychain calculator

Lockermate clip on sharpener/eraser

Wexford index dividers



Cra-Z-Art crayons or glue sticks

Fiskars 12″ wood ruler


Cra-Z-Art classic or bold washable markers – 10 ct

Cra-Z-Art colored pencils – 12 ct


Filler paper – 150 sheets


Nylon zipper binder pouch or Sterilite pencil box

5 tab erasable dividers


Fiskars 5″ scissors with sheath


Sharpie fine point markers – black – 3 markers for the price of 2


Bic brite liner highlighters


Inc pink erasers


Mead learn to letter or learn to write tablet


1″ D-ring binder with clear cover


Mead primary journal early creative story tablet


Bic Atlantis epns – 4 pk


Sharpie pens – blue or black – 2 pk


USA Gold pencils – 24 ct.


Mead 2-sided dry erase board

Sharpie fine point markers – 8 ct


Just a reminder to click the link to enter my raffle. You could win a goody bag of school supplies. Just click the link below to enter. Good Luck!

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The Real World….


When the benefits, or lack there-of of teaching come up, one thing I hear a lot is, “That’s how it is in the real world.” In the “real world” you are paid by what you produce. That’s great if you sell something. Let’s say you sell tires. Your boss gives you the worst client list in the history of client lists. So you work with that….and then you go out and find better clients. In teaching. we teach whoever comes in our door. We teach children above, on and below grade level and expect them all to gain a year’s worth of learning. We teach and love them all equally, regardless of their abilities and we don’t get to pick who we teach.

No selling here….

But I don’t sell anything. I teach children. I teach 22 individuals with a variety of abilities, personalities and home lives. I teach children who have milk and cookies waiting for them when they get off the school bus, a snack before the tutor arrives. I teach children who are picked up at 6:00 from aftercare and get McDonald’s on their way home. I teach children who love to read and who hate to read. I teach children who adore math and those who’s hearts sink when I ask them to pull out their math books. I teach children who love to explore the world of science and children who would rather write a 1,000 word essay than do an experiment. I teach them all, in one room, and expect them all to have amazing test results three-quarters through the year (we test in April). I think that Taylor Mali said it best here – this is what I do – What I Make.

I chose this, so it’s my fault….

But I knew what I was getting into right? I mean, when I was three and wanted to be a teacher, I knew that I would be testing kids to death. I knew that I would barely be able to make a living. I knew that things would be 100% different than when I was in school. Sigh, if only my crystal ball hadn’t broken.

No house for you….

All of this is a bit of old news though. Things in education have been on a downward slide for years. But now, there’s a new fly in the ointment of attracting teachers to Florida. You see, when our illustrious Governor signed SB736 into law, he put all new hires on annual contract. Just like the real world. You preform during the year, or you don’t get renewed. Sounds fair right? I mean, Florida is a Right To Work state, so employers can fire you on a whim. Of course, if you are in a job right now, that job is pretty much assumed to be infinite unless you are on a contract that is specifically renewed each year. Meaning, most of you have reviews at the end of the year, you may or may not get a raise or told how to improve your performance, but you will have a job. If you go to apply for a mortgage or a car loan, you have a reliable job and the lender thinks you are a good risk. But what if you had a job for ten months that may or may not be renewed the next year? Do you think the bank is going to want to lend you money? Probably not. You also have insurance as long as you are employed. But if you are a teacher on this contact, you lose your insurance every June and get it back in September. This is wonderful since most teachers use the summer to get caught up on their doctor’s appointments. But hey, that’s how it works in the real world, right?

Don’t teach in Florida….

The point of this law was to pay teachers “what they are worth” as long as we were willing to give up our security. It will also attract quality teachers to Florida by paying them more. Of course, this is another unfunded mandate, so there’s no money for these lovely bonuses. And the bonuses don’t factor into your retirement, so you could be making “good money” while your teaching and eating Ramon noodles when you retire. Personally, I think you have to have your head examined to become a teacher in Florida with the way things are now. We are underpaid, not respected and now, possibly unable to own a house or a car or have consistent health insurance.


So how do we change this mess? VOTE! Get out and meet the candidates. Tell them your concerns about education and encourage them to repeal this unfunded mandate. Ask them to put more money into education so we will no longer be 42nd in per pupil spending and 47th in teacher pay. The only way things will change, is if we all raise our voices together.
This post was inspired after reading this article: Little Known Law Hurts Teachers