A few days ago my daughter and I went to Staples and tried to plead our case about reinstating the old teacher supply limits. Sadly, our pleas fell on deaf ears. Still, I walked out of there with 2 reams of paper, 2 packs of index cards, 2 packs of erasers, and 4 index card holders. Total cost (after rewards) was $2.06 plus tax. Not bad, but not happy. Then we heard that a different manager at that same store had a whole different set of rules governing teacher limits so we went back yesterday. Same store, different manager, MUCH different story. I walked out of there with 80 two pocket folders, 25 packs of index cards, and 20 pairs of scissors for $10.20.
Today, we hit another two Staples stores that graciously 'upped' our teacher limits and priced matched the Office Max flyer and coupons we had in hand. Plus, I used my 15% savings card. At one of the stores, my total was almost $70 BEFORE applying the sales price, the price matched discounts, and my 15% savings card. I walked out with a $10.05 receipt in my hand. Not bad.
|Just some of the deals I got at Staples!|
The end result of my 3 day Staples shopping adventure:
160 two pocket folders (a penny each: price match from Office Max)
50 packs of index cards (a penny each and, I know, who needs THAT many index cards? But I promise to share them with my colleagues!)
12 packs of erasers (a penny each)
20 pairs of scissors (50 cents each)
16 packs of Expo markers (4 count) $1.00 each with an Office Max coupon
4 boxes of fine line Sharpies (12 count) $1.00 each with another Office Max coupon
7 index card holders (50 cents each)
2 reams of paper (a whopping 2 cents after rewards)
....and a few other odds and ends that weren't on sale
My total cost for 4 trips to Staples was less than $40.
Earlier this month, my friend Pam passed away. Pam was the absolute, undisputed Queen of Back to School Shopping. I have a feeling that she was up there somewhere, smiling down on us today.
I know that a lot of folks have met with a hard line about store policy on limits for teachers, but I'll leave you with this . . . it never hurts to ask.
Go forth and SHOP!