Frugal Family: Back to School Deals

Find the best bargains in Monmouth County.

It's back to school shopping time and the deals are for the taking at almost every store in Monmouth County. The down economy has stores cutting prices lower than ever, which is a plus for busy moms and dads who have to get their kids off to school in style. This week, the deals are all about basic needs for kids and every store is having them.

If you don't see your favorite store listed here, don't despair. Check your local circular for some of the best buys of the season, and don't forget to continue to send us your tips on the hottest deals in your neck of the woods. We'd love to hear them.

Five Below

  • 15 Route 9 South, Manalapan

This week at Five Below, you can grab the hottest deal in town: 17" backpacks for just $5. The store has tons of ladder back, bungee and messenger styles for the taking. Plus, grab Mead Five Star Flex Binders are for $5, notebooks for $1, and Crayola Crayons, markers and more from $1 to $4. There are also Papermate pen and mechanical pencil multi-packs for $1 and jumbo book covers for $2. Purchase binders of 1/2" to 2" in size from $2 to $3.


  • 3010 New Jersey 35, Hazlet

Is one of your children heading off to college for the first time? Then you know how daunting it can be to prepare them to live on their own. Kmart is making it easier than ever, with bedding as low as $29.99; Joe Boxer pillows on sale, two for $5; Cannon towels at $4.50; clear latching totes as low as $7.99; mattress pads for $6.99 for twin; Kenmore microwaves for $79.99; and Black and Decker Brew and Go coffemakers for as low as $12.99.


  • 3247 Route 9, Freehold
  • 1198 Route 36, Hazlet
  • 2995 Route 35, Hazlet

Walgreens is your one-stop back to school shopping place! This week, find 25 percent off select lunch bags. Alsp, get coolers and bottles, locker accessories at 33 percent off; composition books for only $1.99; Elmer's glue for 70 cents (with the coupon from the circular); Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator for $9.99; five-subject notebooks for $1.19; and scissors, index card holder and pencil cases foras low as 49 cents (with the coupon from the circular).


You can also find the back to school supplies you need from Walmart. Get Mead flashcards for as low as $1.47; Crayola colored pencils, markers and water color paint for 97 cents each; a Five Star Xpanz Zipper Binder for only $11.97; and Avery 1" Durable Binder with clear cover for $2.74; paper folders for as low as 15 cents; and a six-pack of Elmer's Washable School Glue Sticks for only $1.97. Plus, if they've been asking for their own desks, how about this week's one-time offer of a white or black desk or swivel chair for only $37.74. Can you beat that?


  • 55 Route 9, Manalapan
  • 2331 State Route 66, Ocean

Target has everything you need to get your college student ready for school in style. Room Essentials butterfly chairs are available for only $18. Get a Westinghouse 32" LED HGTVs $275 or an Emerson 2.8-cubic-foot refrigerator with separate chiller compartment, only $79. Room Essentials fast dry bath towels are available for only $3.50 each. Get storage ottomans for $14, desk lights for $12 each, three- and five-shelf Room Essentials bookcases for $13-$25, and a five-head adjustable floor lamp on sale for $18.


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