I was pleased to see that in this week’s Staples circular there are bona fide Staples penny deals available again–versus the 25 cent deals that Staples was offering these past few Sundays. Don’t get me wrong–twenty-five cents is still better than a dollar or more, but when you think penny deal, you really want to see something marked as one cent.
This week, starting Sunday, July 28, there are three Staples penny deals highlighted on the front cover of the circular. They are:
- Four-ounce container of squeezable glue (Staples brand)
- Two-pocket paper folder (limit 10 per purchase)
- Plastic slider pencil case
Because my daughters are older, only one of these penny deals is worth getting this week–those paper folders. For ten cents I can get 10 of them, in various colors, which should last throughout the year.
As became the case starting last back to school, Staples now requires you to make a minimum purchase of $5 in order to get these penny deals. Now for $10 you could get one of those Staples Back-to-School Savings Passes, that will save you 15% on all your purchases through September 21, 2013. I wonder if buying one of these would qualify for that minimum $5 purchase?
Speaking of that pass if you need to make some big-ticket items for your kids to go back to school, such as the $100 calculator that my daughter needed for pre-calculus class in high school last year, then saving 15% or $15 would make the pass worth purchasing. However, in the fine print you’ll discover that calculators are excluded from being used with this pass. So are flash drives, technology, and ink and toner. Also, if you do buy the pass, you can use it once daily only.
So what is the pass good for purchasing? Here’s the list I downloaded from Staples:
- Binders & Presentation Supplies (Binder accessories, report covers, presentation books, pocket folders, dividers and sheet protectors)
- Boards & Easels
- Calendars & Organizers
- CDs & DVDs
- Cleaning Supplies (Paper towels, tissues, wipes, janitorial supplies, dispensers, hygiene products, multipurpose cleaners, disinfectant, floor and furniture cleaners, air fresheners, soap, dish soap, laundry soap and sanitizer)
- Desk Lamps & Accessories (Desk sets and organizers, plastic desk trays, desk pads and Rolodex)
- Envelopes, Labels & Tags (Media labels, mailing labels, copier/dot matrix labels, badges and lanyards)
- Facilities Supplies (Trash bags, light bulbs, ladders, safety equipment, cleaning tools and wastebaskets)
- Paper Reams, Pads & Notebooks
- Post-Its & Index Cards
- Retail Supplies (Industrial bags, pricing guns, signs, stamps/pads, cash and coin handling)
- School & Art Supplies (Locker accessories, combo locks, book covers, craft supplies, art supplies, pencil pouches, scrapbooks and drafting tools)
- Shipping & Mailing Supplies (Corrugated boxes, padded mailing envelopes, packing tape and bubble wrap)
- Storage & Organization (Plastic small wares, crates, filing, carts, storage and wire organization)
- Supplies & Tools (Trimmers, openers, rulers and measuring tools, punches, staplers, clipboards, scissors, rubber bands, clips, fasteners, adhesives, pins, tape, tape dispensers and bulk essentials)
- Teaching & Education Supplies (Reference books, stickers, classroom décor, games, puzzles, teaching aids/books, maps and globes)
- Writing Supplies (Pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, correction supplies, refills, lead, writing pens and markers)
Only you can determine if spending $10 upfront to save 15% down the line is worth it. However, pass or not, I hope that if you do your back-to-school shopping at Staples, you have signed up for Staples Extra Rewards so you can earn 5% back on all of your purchases.