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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A little bit of shopping and a whole lot of saving!

Yesterday, I got together with my group of friends we affectionately refer to as the Kindergarten Teacher Crew. It consists of current and former Kindergarten teachers from my school, encompasses three different school districts, and a variety of new jobs! We have a Counselor, a Reading Recovery Teacher, a second grade teacher, two retired teachers and three current Kindergarten teachers. We try to get together several times a year to catch up. I adore this group of Godly women and I look forward to our get-togethers. Lately, we’ve been able to see each other a little more frequently because at the end of the night, we all pull up our calendars on our phones and schedule our next visit. It’s definitely the way to do it.

I carpooled with friends, so we were able to do some shopping before and after dinner. Here are my fun finds from several Staples stores and Target. Most of these items had a limit of 2 or 4, so we weren’t able to get very many at each store. Keep in mind that our nearest Staples is 40 miles away, so we had to make our trip to town count! Smile I haven’t posted about all the fun things I’ve purchased for my classroom. I think I will probably wait until the items are in my room all cutesy and decorated!

The cashier at Staples also let me know that Teacher Appreciation Day is Saturday, August 11. I don’t’ know if that’s everywhere or not, but I thought I would mention it. I have never been. Have any of you? Was it worth it? I was told that there is a goody bag involved.

  • 18 Staples Stickies - 25 cents each
  • 8 Staples Pencil Cap Erasers - 1 cent each
  • 1 Clip & Go Germ-X 2-pk  - $2
  • 8 Staples Index Cards - 1 cent each
  • 16 Post-it Notes (2 per pack) – $1 each
  • 5 Post-it Bags – Free (Buy 2 Post-it products and get a bag for free. Not available in all locations.)
  • 19 Sharpie Highlighters (5 per pack) – 50 cents each
Total: $32.16

  • Paper Mate Pens – $1 – Used $1/1 PaperMate Pens printable coupon FREE
  • Crayola markers 10 pk – 99 cents
  • Wipe Clean Alphabet Cards – $1
  • Dr. Seusss Flash Cards 1-20 – $1
  • Paper Clips – $1 (From Staples)
Total: $4
(Not shown, but this may be beneficial to some of you—Target has a $3 Mossimo coupon that pairs nicely with the $5 camis that are on sale right now. You can’t beat $2 for a cami!)

  • 3 HP Ink Cartridge Combo Packs – $31.99 each 
  • Ink cartridges are Buy 2 Get 1 Free right now. I also used a $5 off $30 coupon. This made my ink cartridges less than $10 each.
Total: $58.98

Have you found any great deals lately?


  1. Great deals! Thanks for sharing

  2. Nice job on your shopping trip!!!
    I have been to our Staples Teacher Appreciation event either 2 or 3 years, and will go again this year- our event is August 18th. You do get some goodies- thankfully my Staples is only a little over a mile away.

    Shar W

  3. Thanks for sharing, I headed out to Staples to catch these good deals! I'll be posting the great deals I've found these past few weeks :).

  4. I missed all of you Tuesday night! Hopefully I can attend next time. Thanks for taking me with you to Target today! :) See ya soon!

    ~ Lisa
    Teaching Kindergarten Kiddos

  5. I found the printer ink at Target this week...buy two get one free. I just love shopping for school supplies and decorations for my classroom!