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Back to School Shopping with Staples

Note: I was given a gift card to do my shopping and one for a giveaway, in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.Staples


This year I decided I was going to go to Staples to do all my back to school shopping. I didn’t want to run around to a million places to “get the best deal.” Staples had some pretty good deals the week I went, so I decided that I’d just do one stop shopping and get it done. Staples does a new deal every week on school supplies, featuring items for .01 and up. When we went we got our rulers for .50 each, 2 pocket folders with prongs for .01 each, 3-pack of erasers for .50 each and a pencil case for .50. Overall I got some really good deals. I ended up spending $49.38 on all school supplies for two kids.

First Grade School Supplies from Staples

For first grade I needed:

1 Dozen #2 Pencils , 2 Large Pink Erasers, 1 Scissors (5” rounded tip), 8 Glue Sticks, 4 Boxes Crayola Crayons (24 count), 1 Box Markers (washable), 8 Two Pocket Folders with prongs (red, blue, green & yellow), 2 Boxes Facial Tissue, 2 Rolls Paper Towels, 1 Container Disinfectant Wipes, 1 Box Ziptop Bags – Quart size (girls only), 1 Ruler (with inches & centimeters), 1 Supply Box (5”x8”), 4 Dry Erase Markers (any color).

I got everything at Staples except for the facial tissue, paper towels, and ziptop bags for her.

3rd Grade School Supplies from Staples

For third grade I needed:

3 Dozen #2 Pencils ,1 Large Pink Eraser, 1 Scissors (pointed tip), 1 Box Crayola Crayons (24 count), 1 Box Markers (classic 8 washable), 2 Glue Sticks, 8 Two Pocket Folders with prongs (red, blue, green & yellow), 2 Boxes Facial Tissue, 1 Container Disinfectant Wipes, 4 Spiral Notebooks (wide ruled) (red, blue, green & yellow), 1 Box Ziptop Bags – Gallon size (boys only), 2 Packages Notebook Paper (wide ruled), 1 Ruler (with inches & centimeters), 1 Supply Box (5”x8”), 4 Dry Erase Markers (black and blue), 1 Dry Erase Eraser or Sock, 2 Highlighters (yellow).

Those are a LOT of supplies. Once again, for Buddy I didn’t get any facial tissue, disinfectant wipes or ziptop bags for him at Staples. I also didn’t get a new supply box or dry erase eraser since he already had those from last year.

Staples has some really cool deals for your back to school shopping as well. There is a back to school savings pass that you can buy for $10 and it will give you 15% off of all your school supplies. They also have a binder recycle program where you can bring in any old binder, no matter the condition, and they will give you a $2 coupon off your next binder. There is also an Reward A Classroom program where the teacher can sign up the class to get:

  • 2% back in rewards on everything, excluding postage, phone/gift cards and savings passes
  • 5% back in rewards on every Copy & Print purchase

Teachers can earn up to $50 from as many as 40 parents each year. That’s as much as $2,000 back in rewards every year.

How would you like a $25 gift card to shop at Staples for your back to school needs? Just fill out the rafflecopter below.
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About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. We still need a handful of things for my 4 and 5 graders…like erasable pens which are harder to find than I thought they’d be
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  2. We had a couple of school items we could only buy at Staples. A giftcard sure would be handy.
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  3. He started 4th grade!

  4. I would love to win this!

  5. I would love to surprise my friend with this gift card, as this is her first time being a teacher.

  6. Cheryl F. says:

    I need to shop for tenth grade.

  7. Jessie C. says:

    I need to get backpacks for second grader.

  8. 7th grade – time to start shopping for more expensive sports and musical instruments! :-/

  9. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I have 9 grandchildren ranging from kindergarten to 6th grade. Two already started back on August 5. My son just got 3 of his children that the mother sent to him so he has nothing yet. My daughter is working on her 3 and has quite a bot purchased so far

  10. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I need supplies for a first grader!

  11. melissa Resnick says:

    ninth grade

  12. Jessica To says:

    I need to get colored pencils and notebooks for my 5th grader.

  13. Nataly Carbonell says:

    My kids will need lots of binders, papers and dividers for 7th grade

  14. Thomas Murphy says:

    My son is going into 2nd grade.

  15. Shannon Baas says:

    He’s going into 1st grade.

  16. Mary Happymommy says:

    My sons are going into 3rd and 4th grades.

  17. Her first year in school… Head Start 🙂
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  18. My girls have graduated, but we still need office/school supplies. My youngest loves to write snailmail letters and uses markers, pens, etc. to decorate them.

  19. Seyma Shabbir says:

    He start kindergarten and we already bought everything!

  20. Margaret Smith says:

    8th and 11th
    Thanks so much

  21. Preschool so we don’t need much but always stocking up for rainy/cold days when we’re stuck inside!

  22. Cathy Truman says:

    I need school items for a 9th grader

  23. Tabathia B says:

    Well one of my younger daughters will be going to the 7th grade

  24. rich morris says:

    my house is going into 1st grade and preschool

  25. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    4th Grade, thanks for the chance

  26. Adrienne Gordon says:

    Going into 4th

  27. Tari Lawson says:

    My son is going into 6th grade. He needs folders, pens, pencils, book covers and notebooks.

  28. Kindergarten, sophomore, and senior
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  29. Kim Ripley says:

    My daughter is 3 and she is homeschooled. We need to buy more workbooks and flashcards.

  30. 3rd grade

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  32. Melissa M says:

    I have 3 boys all starting school this year. One in preK, kindergarten and the last one is in 8th

  33. Carrie Phelps says:

    My grandson just went into first grade today!

  34. Crystal F says:

    I have a daughter in the 4th grade and one in the 8th grade. Thank you!

  35. Cynthia C says:

    My nephew is going into fourth grade.

  36. Suzanne K says:

    My daughter will be a sophomore at college! She’s doing all her own shopping (love it!)

  37. My son is going into pre-k

  38. janna johnson says:


  39. I have one in second grade, a high school junior, and a college junior. We needed lots of paper, binders, pens, and pencils.

  40. Wild Orchid says:

    My son is going into preschool, so we only need a backpack for him this year. We use a lot of supplies as a family, though.

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    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  41. Katherine says:

    My daughter is going to the 4th grade

  42. Melanie Montgomery says:

    in the 1st grade

  43. Laura Jacobson says:

    Im shopping for Kayla…she is starting kindergarten this year!

  44. I do not yet have my own children… but I do shop for my own kindergarten class!

  45. I’m helping my sister shop for my nephew, who’s just starting 2nd grade this year.

  46. I have two daughters that will be sophomores in high school

  47. My daughter is going to preschool this year.

  48. My son is going into preschool. 🙂

  49. No kids going to school yet, but I need stuff for grad school

  50. I need to shop for my 14 and 15 year old boys who are freshmen. Thanks.

  51. I have a senior who needs a scientific calculator.

  52. 8th and 4th. The final thing on their list that we still need is back packs.

  53. Jennifer Marie says:

    My son is in 1st grade.

  54. my daughter is going into 6th grade and needs a good binder and some folders

  55. I need to shop for 6th, 3rd and 1st graders.

  56. Sarah Hirsch says:

    6th grade and 3rd grade!

  57. My kids are in eighth and eleventh grades and a college sophomore. What am I shopping for? Some of EVERYTHING! Plus, I pick up every one cent and free after rewards or rebate item available to donate to school. I’m also going to sign up for their new classroom rewards program so one of their teachers can get 2% of my purchases. As my boys would say,” W00t!”

  58. My grandson will be in preschool.

  59. Tonyia Palmatier says:

    I have my daughter emma who is starting first my son deacon second and my son dominic who is in fith 🙂

  60. Jennifer Barrett says:

    I have a 5th and 3rd grader at home…and I just love office supplies!

  61. Stef Cunningham says:

    We have one going into 3rd grade, one going into 9th grade and one who just started college. We don’t get the lists ahead of time so I would love to win this to offset the small fortune I spend once school starts!

  62. Second grade this year!

  63. Tiffany Hinora says:

    We have 4th, 2nd, and preschool

  64. heather reilly says:

    we have one in k, 2,3,and 4th

  65. Deborah Peterson says:

    I teach Preschool and would love to win this so I could buy extra supplies for my classroom as well as all of the fun “teacher’ extras that we need!

  66. Lori Weaver says:

    Kindergarten and 3rd. Seems like every year they need more & more supplies.

  67. My dd just started 1st grade! This was the first time we needed to do supply shopping in any quantity, but it wasn’t that bad – the teacher sent us a list a few weeks before school started and it didn’t take me too long to get what I needed. I suspect it’ll get worse when our ds starts Kindergarten NEXT year! 😉
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  68. My daughter is an senior in high school and she always need something.

  69. my daughter is going into 5th grade

  70. Stephanie Larison says:

    She’ll be in Kindergarten next year.

  71. My son will be in the third grade.

  72. First grade and the school has given us a long list, thanks!

  73. Ann Fantom says:

    My daughter is going into 6th grade

  74. Valerie Clark says:

    I have a daughter in 4th and a son in 1st.

  75. I have one in 7th grade and one a freshman in high school

  76. my son is going into 6th grade!

  77. I have a seventh grader.

  78. I have a kindergartner and a 2nd grader.

  79. Susan Christy says:

    College Freshman

  80. MIchelle Fosnaugh says:

    7th grade

  81. Youngest grandchild is in third grade.

  82. Jill Myrick says:

    I have children in Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 9th and a senior.
    We still need to pick up more notebooks.


  83. angela cisco says:

    I have a 6th and ninth grader. We still need to buy a t-83 calculator for my 9th grader.

  84. my niece is going to preschool

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  85. My cousins little one started kindergarten this year! We bought some new colored pencils for her!

  86. Susan Smith says:

    My daughter is in the 7th grade and she needs pens, pencils, paper and folders.

  87. Eileen Burke says:

    My oldest son is going into 3rd grade this year, need to get him tons of school supplies.

  88. I have one going into first and he needs lot so supplies.

  89. My daughter is in 6th grade!

  90. Lisa Garner says:

    I have to shop for my 11th grader, 8th grader and 5th grader.

  91. Richard Hicks says:

    shopping for a 6th grader

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  92. Laura Unger says:

    My son just entered kindergarten.

  93. Kristen Weigel says:

    My boys are in 8th grade and kindergarten! they always need the basics

  94. Rebecca Lock says:

    I have been shopping for my kids who recently started 5th, 7th, 10th, and 11th. The 11th grader has required the most supplies.

  95. Mary Cloud says:

    4th Grade and 6th grade
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  96. Brittney House says:

    My son is going into the 1st grade.