Staples, 25 Free Bottles Of Elmer Glue, And A Lesson In Charity.

September 4, 2008

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My husband, a very patient man, gave me a bit of an incredulous look when I came home from Staples with 25 bottles of Elmer’s Glue. Even with our five kids, 25 bottles is a bit much. When he asked what on earth I was thinking, the only response I could come up with: “But, it was free at Staples!”

He doesn’t appreciate the allure of ‘free-ness’ anywhere near as much as I do. So, I had to come up with another rational reason to have 25 bottles of glue . . .and 25 free rulers . . . 25 packages of pencils . . . 25 erasers . . . Ok, what can I say? I can’t resist free. What frugal shopping mom can? And free school supplies?

So, after some searching, I found that our church humanitarian organization makes school kits to send to children in underprivileged countries, and we have almost all the supplies.

Tadah! We now have a service project and a lesson in charity on our homeschool schedule. (And my husband will be happy to see some of the glue go to a good home.)

How to get the deal:

Homeschool parents are finally being included in the classification as ‘teachers’ by national companies, and they’re giving us the same discounts.

Staples is very generous to teachers during the ‘Back-to-School’ shopping season. Each week during the latter half of the summer, they have a few rock-bottom items for pennies or even free. There is usually a limit of 2 or 3 of these items, but Staples generously lets teachers buy or have up to 25.

  • All you need to do is show some kind of homeschool ID at checkout. One from a homeschool co-op works well. Or, in true homeschool tradition, you and your family can decide on a name for your homeschool, break out the artistic talent, and design and print your own. You can even include pictures and laminate them for a professional touch. A homeschool ID will come in handy for many discounts, as I’ll mention in future posts.
  • But, even easier, you can simply sign up online here, no ID required. You can then print your new Staples ID and/or request one be sent to your home.
  • So, get some last minute deals right now. Check out the current Staples ad here and get up to 25 of any of the limited sale items you need for the next year of school. I know the summer is pretty much over, but keep in mind, the limit is upped to 25 for any of their deals throughout the year. And there is always next year to get your own 25 bottles of glue.

In the meantime, you’re welcome to come share some of mine.  🙂

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  1. docmisty October 7, 2008 4:35 pm

    LOL – Thanks for the free editing. You’re hired. Do you take payment in homeschool tips?

  2. Sarah September 16, 2008 10:00 pm

    Only because I’m an English major and completely anal about spelling and punctuation…
    In your Staples blog, it says under “How to Get a Deal”, 2nd paragraph, last sentence “…generously let’s” instead of “…generously lets”

    Maybe I could be your editor when you make it big? 🙂
    GO MISTY!!

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