Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Back to School with Staples

Last week I was invited with a group of bloggers to a back-to-school event at Staples. Since we all love school supplies, I simply couldn't resist the invitation!

(I think I should also disclaim here that Staples provided lunch and a $25 gift card along with a lovely parting grab bag for attending. Done and done.)

And, side note here. I had never considered that Staples actually had school supplies. They have office supplies, and office supplies are basically adult school supplies, so why didn't I make this connection? All that to say, when you need school supplies the first day of school, you have other options than just big box stores.

But they had even more than just regular school supplies. Oh happy day--they had stuff for preschoolers too! We were so excited to find these dot art paints. As in, both the toddler preschooler and myself did a dance right there in the aisle when we found them! I've been searching for these since I started staying home. They were his favorites at Mrs. Amy's house, and every single time he would sit down to color, he would talk about them.

So moving on! The reason Staples had the event was to educate on their school supply features. Here are the highlights of what I think you should know, via bulleted list:
  • You can purchase a $10 Back to School savings pass for a 15% discount on school supplies through 9/21/2013. Here is what you can save on.
  • If you join the Staples rewards program, you earn 5% back in rewards (with few exclusions) plus free shipping on Staples.com.
  • Teachers who join the rewards program earn 5% back in rewards and free shipping on Staples.com, along with an additional 5% back on teaching and art supplies. I know a ton of teachers who would probably rack up through this since they spend so much of their own $$$ in the classroom. (Don't get me started. My mom's a teacher.)
  • As a parent, you can sign up for the Reward a Classroom program. In addition to earning your own 5% rewards, you can designate a teacher who will earn an additional 2% of what you spent, up to $50 from 40 different parents. That one I loved. Imagine signing a whole classroom up to support their teacher! Cha-ching!

For boy moms, they had an awesome line of Lego supplies. Giant Lego block pencil box, sharpeners, and lunch boxes. We had a hard time not walking out with the pencil box.

Along with some art pads for our new dot paints, we grabbed one more item that should come in handy while Jack's learning to write his name. One side is lined, and the other is blank for drawing. Only $3 during their back to school savings days. Perfect!

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