It’s the most wonderful time of the year—does anyone remember when Staples ran that back to school commercial with the father dancing down the aisles, tossing school supplies into the shopping cart while his two children glumly followed behind him? On Tuesday, Issaquah School District classes start. Lake Washington School District campuses open to students on Sept. 6.
Not sure what exactly to purchase for your child's first day? The has published a PDF file of each school's list here (Just click on your school to access its individual website and find the list). For the , parents should contact their schools for information. But there are a few supply lists for specific grades, just to give you an idea, from the previous academic year online.
So now that you know what to buy, the next question is where to go for the best deals. Sammamish has options right here in town. Here are a few of our suggestions, based on visits earlier this week by Sammamish Patch to the stores. Keep in mind that prices and details can change.
- : You'll need the grocery store's discount card. But you can get 10 pencils for $1, a savings of 29 cents from the regular price. The discount is good through Sept. 29, according to the tagged price. Until Tuesday, for those who have the discount card, the store is selling Bic pens, blue or black, for 79 cents for a pack of 10. That is a savings of $1.50 from the regular price.
- : Until Saturday, the deal on certain binders is that you buy one and get a second one at 50 percent off. That also applies to some pens. The store also has back-to-school deals on glue sticks, tape, crayons and markers.
- : The hardware store has coupons, which you can get in the store, for a pack of 10 pens for only $1. Sticky memo pads also are selling for $1 per pack. Both deals are good until Wednesday.
- : A 10-pack of Papermate pens is selling for 99 cents through Sunday, down from the regular price of $2.69. Highlighters are selling for two for $1. The normal price is 99 cents for one. The prices for these items end on Sunday.
- : Bic pens are discounted, as well, until Saturday. You can get a pack of 10 for 99 cents, with a store discount card. The regular price is $2.19. Crayola Crayons, in a pack of 64, can be purchased for $3.59 with a discount card. Regularly, they sell for $3.99. The price is good through Sept. 17.
Of course, there are more items at these stores for students returning to school in the coming weeks.
Editor's note: This type of post is being done as a special back-to-school note for parents and young people in Sammamish.