Coupon Mom: Back-to-school coupons and more

Walgreens sale, reward add up to cheap crayons

Crayola crayons: With school around the corner, be on the lookout for rock-bottom prices for school and stationery supplies. For the next several weeks you can expect to save up to 90 percent on common items, so stock up for the entire year. These also are great to donate to local charities as they organize efforts to provide supplies for clients’ children. Start by getting a free box of Crayola crayons at Walgreens. On sale for $1, you will get a $1 Register Reward at checkout. Your net cost is free.

Use rebate, rewards for notebooks

Mead products: Rite Aid has a 50-percent-off sale on all Mead products, which you can combine with a mail-in Single Check rebate that gives you $5 back when you spend $20 on Mead products or $2 back when you spend $10. Start by getting Mead Composition books at Rite Aid, on sale three for $1.98 (67 cents each when you buy three). You’ll get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy three, so your net cost will be three for 98 cents, or 33 cents each. And your $1.98 register price will apply to the mail-in rebate spending total.

Combine savings for free pens

Papermate pens: You can get an eight-count package of Papermate Grip pens on sale for $1.99 at CVS. You will get a $1.99 Extra Bucks reward at the register so your net cost will be free. (Limit one.)

Fix a bad-hair day

Scunci elastics: Regularly $2.99, Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics (18 count) are on sale at Walgreens for $1.50 each when you buy two. Although you’ll pay $3 at the register for both items, you also will get a Register Reward for $3 when you buy two, so your net cost for two items will be free. Now that’s a no-brainer — either pay $2.99 for one or get two free.

Use sale, coupon for free saline

Bausch & Lomb saline solution: Get Bausch & Lomb Renu Sensitive solution (12 ounces) free at CVS this week. On sale for $7.89, you will pay $5.89 at the register when you use the $2 coupon in the June 12 SmartSource circular. You will get a $6 Extra Bucks at the register, so your net cost will be free with an 11-cent profit. Limit one deal.

Read the full Coupon Mom column in the Deal Spotter section of the AJC on Thursdays. Visit the Coupon Mom website for more great deals.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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6 comments Add your comment


July 28th, 2011
11:44 am


July 28th, 2011
12:28 pm

Whatever happened to if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?


July 31st, 2011
2:54 pm

Also check out Target for their printable coupons on back to school…bought Mead Binder on sale plus $1.50 off sharpies on sale for 77 cents combine with $1 Target coupon and you just made $$$!


July 31st, 2011
3:42 pm

They may not be free, but almost. Walmart has 24-count boxes of crayons (not Crayola, but definitely OK!) for 19 cents each. I bought about 30 boxes for our church’s donation box for kids’ backpacks. Really a deal if you need lots of crayons.

Local teacher

July 31st, 2011
8:33 pm

As a teacher in the greater Atlanta area, I try to provide specific items on the supply list for parents to contribute to the classroom. I know from experience what works and what doesn’t. It is very frustrating to receive off brands that do not produce the same results. If a teacher takes the time to create a detailed supply list that includes brands, please respect his/her requests. Believe me, I understand times are hard and money can be tight, but instead of spending money on items not on the supply list, I would rather have my parents save their money, or make a small donation to the classroom.

Another local teacher

August 1st, 2011
2:56 pm

@Local teacher -
You make the rest of us look bad. No wonder the general public has “issues” with so many teachers. Think … think … think. It’s not all about you. If someone wants to donate crayons, learn to say, “Thank you.” After all, that’s what you teach your children in class to do, right?