by Robin B

Did you see all of the school supplies stocked in the stores after the 4th of July holiday? Did it make you cringe or experience a tiny flutter of joy? While I don’t care to rush summer at all, there is something intoxicating about the new crayon smell. Folders and spirals in every imaginable design and hue. Markers, pencils, and paper, cute little erasers, and the Post-it notes. I LOVE school supplies!

Check out our Back-to-School Supply list to score the best deals around:

Back to school- Target



Target is offering a number of promotions for back to school savings. Savings are expected to change weekly, so make sure to check the weekly ad online. They have a number of basic school supplies for $0.99 including:

  • Fiskars scissors
  • 90-ct. Post-it note pad
  • 24-ct. up & up wood pencils
  • 6-ct. Elmer’s glue sticks
  • 8-ct. Bic mechanical pencils
  • Sterilite pencil box

Have you checked out their new clothing line for kids called Cat & Jack? I love the fact that they offer an extended one-year return with receipt. Nothing is more infuriating than a hole in a pair of pants after only a couple months.


The Meijer ad boasts over 100 school items that are priced under $1.00. The Meijer 70-sheet notebook in either wide or college-ruled for $0.17 is a great deal. Limit 30 notebooks. Stock up on these or other basic supplies to use at home throughout the year and/or for donation!

  • Crayola 24 count crayons for $0.50, limit 10
  • Meijer filler paper for $0.82, limit 20
  • Meijer 7 ct. No. 2 pencils for $0.44, limit 10
  • Meijer plastic pencil box for $0.94, limit 10

Meijer Optical

Is it time for new glasses? Meijer Optical is offering Two complete pair of kids glasses for $69.00. Valid for children ages 16 and younger. This is available at the Meijer location on Westnedge Avenue only. Valid until September 10, 2016. Other restrictions do apply, so make sure to visit the website for more details.


Office Depot / Office Max

Office Depot offers a number of penny deals. Even if these items aren’t specifically needed for your child, they can make great donations items to schools or other organizations! The penny deals do require a $5 minimum purchase with a limit of three per household/business.

Penny Deals:

  • Office Depot Brand Spiral 1-Subject Notebooks $0.01 Each
  • Office Depot Brand 2-Hole Pencil Sharpener $0.01 Each
  • Pencil Pouch $0.01 Each
  • Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers $0.01 Each
  • Scholastic Brand Glue Sticks 4 Pack $0.01 Each

Make sure to check out their selection of $10 backpacks and other $1 deals.

Back to school WalMart


Walmart offers a variety of school supplies – make sure to check out their back to school ad listing a variety of .50 items and deals on backpacks starting at $4.97. Other items include:

Binder – 3-Ring
$0.97 Hard-Sided 3-Ring Binder 1”

Composition Notebooks
$0.50 Wide or College Ruled Composition Book

Crayons – Crayola
$0.50 Crayola Crayons (24 ct.)

Crayons – Other Brand
$0.25 Cra-Z-Art Crayons (24 ct.)

Erasers – Wedge Multipack
$0.48 Multipack Erasers (2 ct.)

Erasers – Pencil Tops
$0.57 Pencil Top Erasers (15 ct.)

Filler Paper
$0.82 Filler Paper (150 sheets)

Folders Paper – 2-Pocket
$0.15 No Prong Paper Folders
$0.50 3-Prong Paper Folders

Folders Poly – 2-Pocket
$0.75 2-Pocket and Prong Poly Folder

Glue – Elmer’s
$0.25 Elmer’s School Glue

Highlighters – Multipack
$0.57 Fine Tip Highlighter (2 ct.)
$0.77 Broad Tip Highlighter (2 ct.)

Index Cards
$0.48 Casemate Ruled Index Cards (100 ct.)

Markers Non-Washable – Crayola
$0.97 Crayola Markers (10 ct.)

Markers Non-Washable – Other Brand
$0.50 Cra-Z-Art Markers (10 ct.)

Markers Washable – Crayola
$1.97 Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers (10 ct.)

Markers Washable – Other Brand
$0.50 Cra-Z-Art Washable Markers (10 ct.)

Markers – Expo Dry Erase
$3.47 Expo Dry Erase Markers (5 ct.)

Markers – Other Brand Dry Erase
$0.94 Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers (2 ct.)

Notebook – 1-Subject Spiral
$0.17 Wide or College Ruled 1-Subject Notebook (70 sheets)

Pencil Box
$0.57 Small Pencil Box
$0.97 Pencil Box

Pencil Sharpener – Manual
$0.47 Pencil Sharpener 2-Hole

Pencils Colored – Crayola
$0.97 Crayola Colored Pencils (12 ct.)

Pencils Colored – Other Brand
$0.50 Cra-Z-Art Colored Pencils (12 ct.)

Pencils – Mechanical
$5.44 Mechanical Pencils (50 ct.)

Pencils Regular – Other Brand
$0.97 Dixon Pencils (20 ct.)

Pens – Basic
$0.97 Bic Round Stick Pens (10 ct.)

Post-It Notes
$2.47 Generic Sticky Notes (400 sheets)

Ruler – Plastic
$0.32 Plastic Ruler

Ruler – Wooden
$0.25 Wooden Ruler

Back to school Toys r Us

Toys r Us

Toys r Us offers a free lunch box (up to $9.99) with the purchase of any backpack $12.99 or more. We shopped this deal last year and there were plenty of options to choose from! Also, for packing lunch they have buy one, get one 50% off on ALL Zak, Thermos, Camelbak and Fit & Fresh reusable drink bottles & storage containers.

Toys r us has a price match guarantee valid on in-store purchases. Check out the full details here.


Want to keep track of all the best deals? Check out this Back-to-School Cheat Sheet. It was recently updated from the Passionate Penny Pincher listing the best prices on school supplies. Hop on over to the Passionate Penny Pincher website and print out the chart and take along with you to make sure you find the best deals possible.



Area organizations are hosting Back-to-school events. Here are some of the events that we could dig up. Know of any back-to-school events? Click here to add these to our Event Calendar.

The Back to School Bash and Community Breakfast event will be held on August 20 from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m., hosted by Paramount Charter Academy. Paramount scholars are getting ready to go back to school and want to celebrate with you! Join for a FREE community breakfast and backpack/school supply giveaway from 9-11:00 am. Back to School Bash begins at 11:00! Bounce house, dunk tank, mobile game van and a whole lot more. You won’t want to miss this community event!

The Back to School Block Party event will be held on August 25 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Come for a FREE night of family fun while giving back to the community. The KIA is teaming up with Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo to collect donations for their CIS Kids’ Closets. Critical needs include deodorant, other personal care items, and children’s shorts and underwear.

The Back 2 School Bash & Fish Fry event will be held on August 26 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Pathfinder Church in Portage. This free family / community event will offer fun games and activities for children – crafts, bounce house and free school supplies.



Make sure to capture the first day back to school. Check out these free downloadable printable signs by grade for the 2016-17 school year.


Have a great first day back to school (and make sure to let us know any other great deals you find)!





By | 2016-08-08T04:29:32+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on Back-to-School Deals, Events & More for the Kalamazoo Parent

About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.