It is hard to believe, but it is time to start getting ready for the new school year. Shopping for everything on your list early is one of the best ways to save money. Retailers are having amazing deals to pull parents into their stores early. Start slowly, and take advantage of the freebies and penny sales offered each week. Compare prices, and shop several different stores to take advantage of their loss leaders. Here are some of the school supply deals for the week of Monday, July 25.

*Walmart Paper folder - 15 cents each (2-pockets;with or without prongs) 70-sheet, 1-subject notebook - 20 cents each (variety of colors, wide or college ruled) 120-sheet, 3-subject notebook - $1.44 180-sheet, 5-subject notebook - $1.88 Composition book - 40 cents each Cra-Z-Art crayons 24-pack - 25 cents each Crayola colored pencils or markers - 97 cents (12-ct. pencils or 10-ct. fine or broad markers) Elmer's glue sticks 6-pack - $1.97 Dixon No.2 pencils 24-ct. - 94 cents each 1" Economy binder - 92 cents each (2 inside pockets) Filler paper - 75 cents (150 sheets, wide or college ruled) Bic Cristal pens 10-pack - 97 cents each (black, blue, or red) Sharpie Pocket or Tank-Style highlighters 4-pack - $1.47 (variety of colors)Exclusive "Everything Day Bag" including all-in-one backpack, lunch bag and stationery kit - $13.88 Assorted Victorious products including notebooks, binder clips, pencil pouch, a three-ring binder and more - $1.97 - $2.97 "Sassy Slang" and Hello Kitty assorted composition books and notebooks - $1.97 each Hello Kitty graphic tees for $7 and dresses ranging from $12 - $14 Super Mario Bros. notebooks at $1.97 and folders at $0.97 HP 15.6" Dandelion Breeze Laptop - $548 (exclusive to Walmart) Add a matching sleeve and wireless mouse for bundle price of $578 (bundle available only on Walmart.com) Apple iPad 2 starting at $499 Color protective pad - $39 Dell 15.6" Laptop - $398 Wireless Onn Mouse - $14 RCA 24" LED Ultra Slim 1080p HDTV - $199 Wall mount - $24 (available only on Walmart.com) Madden NFL 12 Pre-order online at Walmart.com plus $20 eGift card $59.96 (guaranteed street date delivery; offer valid on pre-orders only) For additional back-to-school information including sample shopping lists, back-to-school bundles, tips on hassle-free mornings as well as study tips for new students, please visit http://www.walmart.com/school. School supply value bundles starting at $10 on Walmart.com only; free shipping to home Toddler size school uniform bundles starting at $6.47 - (bundle available only on Walmart.com, individual school uniform items available in select Walmart stores); free shipping to home Toy Story and Cars licensed backpack/lunch bag combo sets - $13 (available only on Walmart.com)

Walgreens Notebooks - 99 cents each Oxford Panorama, Acco, or Wexford binders - Buy one get one free Licensed School supplie - buy one get one free Backpacks or messenger bags - $ 9.99 Crayola colored pencils - 99 cents Penway Green Notes - buy one get one free Penway pencil sharpener or Sharpie marker - 39 cents with in ad coupon Mini Memo or Composition notebook - 19 cents with in ad coupon Two pack Sharpie highlighters and Paper Mate pens - 69 cents with in ad coupon Two or three count Pack Pilot Easy Touch pens - 99 cents Wrinkle free glue stick and magic tape - buy one for $1.99 get one free

Target Sterlite pencil box - 50 cents Crayola Colored Pencils (12ct.) - 99 cents Select Mead notebooks, folders and composition books - 99 cents USA Gold pencils, 12-count - 99 cents 2-hole pencil sharpener - 99 cents Licensed Folders (Including Cars 2, Justin Bieber, and more) 80 cents Embark basic backpack or lunch kit - $9 Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS calculator - $9 Mead double-sided board - $2.50 Board Dudes magnetic markers - $2.50 Crayola watercolors 8-count - $1.50 Crayola Silly Scents super tip markers or colored pencils - $5 Yak Pak planner - $7 Mead zipper binder - $8 8 piece locker kit - $8 Licensed dual-compartment lunch kits - $8 Swiss Gear backpack - $25 16" licensed combo backpacks with detachable utility pack - $13

CVS 1-subject notebooks - 4 for 99 cents Paper Mate Grip pens 8 count - $ 1.99 get 1.99 ECB= FREE Buy one get one free deals *Scotch paper cutter *Pilot G2 or Easy Touch 2-5 pack pens *Georgia Pacific paper 500 count *Expo markers 4 count *Mead index cards or envelopes *Papermate pencils 30 count *Fashion notebooks *Crayola 24 count crayons *All Caliber tape *BIC mechanical pencils or Velocity pens *Sharpie 2 count or twin tip 1-count markers Staples Sharpie Accent highlighters, yellow, 2-pack - 1 cent each (with $5 minimum purchase) No. 2 pencils, 8-pack - 1 cent each (with $5 minimum purchase) Staples 3"x 5" white linked index cards, 100/pack - 1 cent each (with $5 minimum purchase) Staples poly covered 1-subject 8"x 10.5" notebook, wide ruled, assorted colors, 70-sheets - 50 cents Avery insertable 5-tab dividers - 50 cents Staples paper clips 50/box - 50 cents Staples steel 1- hole punch - 50 cents Westcott 12" ruler - 50 cents Staples Dual pencil sharpener - 50 cents Staples translucent pencil case - 50 cents Staples Mini composition books 80 sheets - 50 cents Staples clipboard - 50 cents Pentel RSVP ballpoint pens, fine, black, 5-pack - $4-$4 easy rebate = FREE Staples 8.5"11" multipurpose paper 500 sheets - $5.99 - $5.49 = 50 cents BIC Brite Liner grip yellow highlighters 5 pack - pay $4, get $4 easy rebate= FREE SanDisk Cruzer 4GB USB flash drive - $5.99 Staples fat memo book, 200 sheets - $1 Mini legal pads 50 sheet 3-pack - $1 RoseArt Classic washable markers - $1 Staples pushpins, binder clips and paper clips - $1 Staples Stickies - $1 Staples Poly zip envelopes - $1 Clip the $5 off $25 purchase coupon in the ad Office Max Get a free Schoolio 1-subject notebook, 70 sheets when you buy 2 Twin-Tip Sharpie marker singles. A 99 cent value. Get a free Schoolio crayons, 64-pack when you purchase Crayola washable markers, 8-pack while supplies last. A $2.99 value. Get a free Zebra 0.7mm Cadoozles mechanical pencils, 28-pack when you purchase Zebra retractable ballpoint pens, 24 pack while supplies last. ( $10.49 value) Buy any backpack and get 100% back in Max Perks rewards Schoolio crayons 8-pack, or washable paints - buy one get one free Schoolio Washable broad line or fine line markers 8 pack - buy one get one free All Office Max filler paper - by one get one free (college and wide rule) Pentel EnerGen-X or EnerGel Deluxe retractable Medium point pens - buy one get one free Pentel WOW blue or black ball point pens - buy one get one free EXPO or Sharpie markers and highlighters - buy two, get one free All (IN) Place heavy-duty view binders - buy two, get one free All OfficeMax insertable and write-on dividers - buy two, get one free OfficeMax 3-subject notebook - 2 for $3 Sharpie blue or black pens, 2-pack - 2 for $3 Avery or Elmer's glue sticks, 3-pack - 2 for $3 Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils, 24-pack - 2 for $5 Scotch Magic tape 3-pack - 2 for $5 OfficeMax 5-subject notebook - 2 for $5 Book Sox stretchable book covers - 2 for $7 Bic 0.7mm metallic mechanical pencils 24-pack - 2 for $7 Pentel R.S.V.P. fine or medium ballpoint pens, 5-pack - 2 for $7 Office Max 500 sheets multipurpose paper - 1 cent (pay $6.99 get $6.98 Max Perks rewards) Free tote bag with purchase of any two Post-It or Scotch products with in-store coupon Save 25% on lunch bags and Schoolio pencil pouches

Office Depot Tug 2-hole manual pencil sharpener - 1 cent (limit 3) Foray WriteOff low-odor dry erase markers 2-pack - 25 cents (limit 3) Scholastic Glue Sticks 4-pack- 50 cents (limit 3) Office Depot brand multipurpose paper - $6.49 $5.49 Mail in Savings Visa Prepaid Card (will print on your receipt) = $1 (limit 2) Toshiba laptop computer with AMD Dual-Core C-50 - $279.99 (save $120) Ativa 4GB USB flash drive - $12.99 (save $2) Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator - $129.99 ($10 mail in savings Prepaid Visa Card (rebate will print on your receipt. Final price = $119.99) Hammermill CopyPlus copy paper - $53.99 ($20 Mail in Savings Prepaid Visa Card rebate will print on your receipt. Final price = $23.99. Limit 2) Westcott 12" aluminum ruler - $2 Elmer X-treme glue sticks - $2 Fiskars 7" student scissors -$2 Office Depot Brand Invisible tape in dispensers 4-pack - $2 Office Depot Brand compact stand-up half strip stapler - $4 Office Depot Brand 2 inch binder clips 12 pack - $4 Office Depot Brand paper clips 1000 pack - $4 Post It Note 3x3 cubes - $4 Office Depot Brand plastic clipboards 2 pack - $5 PaperPro 12-sheet capacity 3-hole punch - $5 Post It Pop-Up note dispenser - $5 Post it 33 Super Sticky Pop-Up notes 6-pack - $5 Mead 5 Star zip binders - $5 Free Five Star composition book with the purchase of any two Mead notebooks 40% off select Crayola & Scholastic crayons and colored pencils 40% off select Crayola & Scholastic markers and highlighters 40% off select Crayola pens and pencils Print a $10 off $50 coupon that is good through 7/26. Be sure to read the list of exclusions.

K- Mart Rose Art Crayons 24 count- 25 cents each Basic 70-count notebooks or fashion folders - 33 cents Bic Wite-Out or 10 pack Cristal pens, 1" binder or Rose Art 12 count colored pencils

Rite Aid Mead composition book - 3 for $1.98 get $1 Up Reward= 3 for 98 cents Mead 1 subject notebooks - 3 for 99 cents Assorted backpacks and lunch boxes - 50% off Writing utensils - buy one get one free

*Kroger Crayola 24-pack crayons - 25 cents (limit 6) Top Flight composition book - 50 cents Top Flight 70-sheet 1-subject notebook - 15 cents each Top Flight 100-sheet single subject composition book - 50 cents each Top Flight standards 120-sheet 3-subject notebook - $1.49 Top Flight standards 200-sheet 5-subject notebook - $1.99 OfficeWorks 15/pack eraser caps or 7/pack eraser combo pack - 50 cents each OfficeWorks 4 oz. white or 5 oz. school glue - 50 cents each OfficeWorks 10/pack No. 2 pencils - 50 cents each OfficeWorks 180 degree plastic protractor - 50 cents each OfficeWorks pencil sharpener - 50 cents each OfficeWorks 1/pack pink eraser - 50 cents each OfficeWorks kids' blunt or pointed scissors - 69 cents each A&W school box - 99 cents each OfficeWorks 5/pack retractable pens,- 99 cents each OfficeWorks 5/pack mechanical pencils - 99 cents each OfficeWorks 12/pack stick pens - 99 cents each OfficeWorks 3+1 free clear pr 2/pack purple glue sticks - 99 cents each Paper Mate Write Bros. mechanical pencils - 99 cents A&W stretchable book covers - $1 each Avery 1" binder - $1 each Top Flight standards 80-sheet wireless notebook - $1 OfficeWorks 5/pack pencil grips - $1 each OfficeWorks safety point compass - $1 each OfficeWorks one-hole punch - $1 each Paper Mate selected 6/pack highlighters - $1.50 Crayola 10/pack classic markers or 12 /pack colored pencils - $1.50 Top Flight poly portfolios - 89 cents (with or without tangs) Selected 1-subject fashion notebooks - $2.49 (styles vary) Fashion portfolios - 99 cents each

*Meijer Rose Art 24+3 crayons -20 cents (limit 10) Rose Art colored pencils - 90 cents Rose Art washable markers - $1.50 (bold or classic) 70-count wire-bound notebook - 20 cents Elmer's washable school glue - 40 cents Backpacks - $7.99-$49

*Marc's Portfolios - 10 cents each (2 pocket or 2 pocket with prongs) Pilot G2 pens fine point 2/pack - $1.49 SRX dry erase chisel tip markers 6/pack - $2.49 Bic Wite Out correction fluid - 99 cents each iScholar No. 2 yellow wood pencils 10/pack - 3 for $1 Sharpie accent yellow highlighter 2/pack - 99 cents Georgia-Pacific everyday copy & print paper - $2.99 (580 sheets) Sharpie black markers - $1 Paper Mate stick pens - 2 for $1 (blue or black 10 ct.) Bic No. 2 mechanical pencils - $1.49 (7mm 10 ct.) Brite Liner fluorescent highlighter - $1.49 (5 ct. multi-color) Backpacks - $5.99 to $9.99 Lunch kits - $3.99 to $6.99

*Dollar General Store Fashion notebook - $1 each Composition book - $1 each Filler paper - $1 each Pencil pouch - $1 each Activity box - $1 each Post-it Notes - $1 each Sharpie ultra fine - $1 each Elmer's school glue - $1 each Elmer's glue sticks 4/pack - $1 Calculator - $1 each Crayola washable markers 8/pack or 10/pack - $2 Crayola mini twistable crayons 10/pack - $2 Crayola crayons 64/pack - $2 Crayola super tips washable markers10/pack - $2 Crayola Pip-Squeak markers 8/pack - $2 Backpacks - $8

Discount Drug Mart Paper Mate 1.2 ball point stick pens 10-count, black or blue - 2 for $1 Pamson 2 pocket poly portfolio - 2 for $1 Westcott 12" ruler - 2 for $1 Westcott 6" protractor - 2 for $1 Alco pencil sharpener - 2 for $1 Alco foam pencil grips - 2 for $1 (5 ct.) Alco white eraser 2-count - 2 for $1 2 - pocket portfolio or 2 pocket 3 prong portfolio - 10 for $1 General Box Co. school box - 3 for $1

Big Lots Pencil box - 50 cents Stretch book covers - 50 cents Filler paper 150-sheets - 50 cents Post-It notes - $2 1" or 1.5" view binders - $2 1" binder with dividers - $3 400 ct. copy paper - $3 Student planner - $3 Dry Erase boards or Dry Erase accessory kit - $5 Fashion lunch bags - $6 Multi-compartment backpacks - $9

*Toy's R Us All Crayola crayons, markers, pencils & paint, books and dry erase boards - buy one get one free Crayola Color Wonder and Color Explosion - buy one get one free All Crayola food & drink containers - buy one get one free Free lunch kit when you buy any backpack $12.99 or more (up to $9.9 value)

For now happy shopping!

Laurie Dixon