Last Minute Back to School Shopping at Staples

If you’re like me (cough — procrastinator), then you’ll be happy to know that Staples still has a good selection of back to school items available. I stopped by the Staples location in South Edmonton Common yesterday to find a sea of supplies and many families in the aisles marking items off of their school lists. 20130823-130739.jpg

The items are easy to find in the aisles and well-marked bins have been set up to help speed up the process grouping similar stationary items in close proximity to each other which speeds up the comparison time.


Along with some school stationary items, I picked up a couple of clear bins, enough to hold about 200 sheets of paper. Since my daughter is going to Kindergarten, the focus is still more on the arts and crafts which means a lot of artwork is brought home during the year. Our fridge is only so big, so having an easy bin to put papers and artwork in is a great idea. Then, the favourites can be transferred to a memory keepsake binder near the end of the school year.


As I mentioned, our oldest is heading to Kindergarten this year, but our youngest is home with me for at least another year so I can’t leave her out of the stationary fun. I stocked up on some Crayola sets and special mess-free colouring books so she feels included  in the celebrations.

So tell me, how do you feel about back-to-school? Stressful, exciting, just another day… Please leave a reply in the comments.

Disclosure: Compensation was received in order to facilitate this post. The opinions in this post are the author’s and are not influenced by any outside factors.

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  • Julia Gabriel Sep 5, 2013, 6:48 am

    So ready!

  • Dreena Sep 4, 2013, 8:31 pm

    Back to school shopping is nearly done.
    My boy was excited this year to start a new school and higher grade and so was I.

  • Super Mel Sep 4, 2013, 9:14 am

    I am a bit disappointed my sons school has decided for us parents to simply write them a check for school supplies this year… I LOVE back to school shopping! Perfect time to stock up on new drawing supplies to be used at home!

  • angela m Sep 3, 2013, 8:36 am

    I was not very excited, I don’t like shopping.
    I am excited now to have most of it done.

  • angela m Sep 3, 2013, 8:21 am

    I was not very excited, I don’t like shopping.
    I am excited now to have most of it done.

  • jen s. Sep 2, 2013, 8:21 pm

    BTS shopping isn’t really applicable to me. I know it’s exciting for the kids to get new things but the expenses had really add up. waiting to the last minute can be pretty hectic since the stores are so busy – so much more pleasant to try to knock things off the list early and avoid the mayhem (and pressure)

  • SueSueper Sep 2, 2013, 12:19 pm

    I am done most of the back to school shopping, I will be looking for a laptop soon though.

  • Shelley Sep 2, 2013, 8:02 am

    I love getting school supplies, but it definitely changes when your kids reach high school, as you don’t get a list of needed supplies– your kids just need a few items by then.

  • Tina L. Sep 1, 2013, 6:58 pm

    I’m excited the kids are going back to school.

  • Londia Sep 1, 2013, 6:20 pm

    I think we are done most of our school shopping but I am sure that there will be still a few things that we will need to pick up for the kids. I like getting the kids ready for school but it can mixed feelings that summer is over and a new season is beginning for my kids.

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  • Steph Bkn Sep 1, 2013, 5:31 pm

    I’m ready for back to school bring on the sales! Such a thrill!!

  • Pip444 Sep 1, 2013, 3:13 pm

    I would say I’m excited for the kids to go back to school. But I’m sad summer is ending and soon winter will be here. lol

  • Carole Dube Sep 1, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I like shopping for back to school items for the house, work and for donations. Their is so many deals.

  • ameirah Aug 31, 2013, 9:18 pm

    my girl is still too young so im just collecting super sale items for in few years

  • elizabeth ward Aug 31, 2013, 3:11 pm

    I’m so excited!

    My niece and nephews have been driving me up the walls all summer.
    Now I’ll only have to babysit their 2 year old brother who gets into everything.

  • Kat E. Aug 30, 2013, 12:00 pm

    I’m a bit sad, as back to school shopping means summer is over.

  • Amy C Aug 30, 2013, 12:37 am

    I have all my kids supplies. I’m completely ready and excited for back to school.

  • Brenda Penton Aug 29, 2013, 9:16 am

    I’m sad that the summer went by so fast and that the kids have to go back already. We didn’t get warm weather here until late in the summer, so it feels like it was too fast.

  • suzi Aug 29, 2013, 8:14 am

    I’m excited for back to school but sad too because it means everyone is getting older!

  • Clifford Aug 28, 2013, 7:50 pm

    I’m ready, my wife is ready and the kids are even ready to go back to school…lol. Everything is bought and labeled and in the backpacks.

  • Andrea Amy Aug 27, 2013, 1:11 am

    hate back to school shopping, its so expensive. Torn this year, looking forward to them going back to school, but not looking forward to it. I have 3 going back to school this year…kindergarten, grade one, and grade 10. Will still have my 3 year old home, and my oldest has been out of school for over a year now.

  • rebthecatsitter Aug 26, 2013, 9:35 pm

    I don’t have kids but I know my friends with kids are super excited for BTS! lol!

  • Angela Mitchell Aug 25, 2013, 11:20 pm

    I enjoy back to school shopping and I have most of it done already except for a couple of things.

  • Josh S Aug 25, 2013, 7:17 pm

    I’m excited and ready to get the shopping done!

  • Deb Dorrington Aug 25, 2013, 6:54 pm

    I am almost finished with the back to school shopping. I am always excited about the kids going back because I like routine, but I get sad too because it’s the end of the summer.

  • Francine Aug 25, 2013, 6:34 pm

    No back to school to deal with here – but I’m dreading the extra traffic that the return to school brings every year!

  • Andrew P Aug 25, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I don’t have any kids, but BTS sales still allow me to save on office supplies!

  • Melinda L. Aug 25, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Shopping for back to school has been quite hectic but other than that am excited for school to be back in session.

  • Mary I Aug 25, 2013, 1:40 pm

    I am counting down the days til the kids go back to school. Their supplies are all set and we are just down to the last minute clothes shopping.

  • Tanis Aug 25, 2013, 11:57 am

    With our first girl due in November, I know I’ll have mixed feelings when she starts school!!

  • Lisa A. Aug 25, 2013, 9:29 am

    Ah… haven’t finished yet… waiting for Dad to come home on turnaround after 28 days. Making a “weekend in the city” of it with the family and finish it all. But, still makes me sad… I love having my kiddos home for the summer.

  • Lori Bazan Aug 25, 2013, 8:20 am

    I have almost finished my kids lists…I am so excited for them and excited for me…to have a few hours to myself!

  • Heidi C. Aug 24, 2013, 8:58 pm

    My girls and I are getting excited and have finished our shopping!

  • Maggie Aug 24, 2013, 8:33 pm

    I like back to school this year because then there will be fewer kids at the beach and my son who is 1 and I can spread out more. :)

  • Tricia Cooper Aug 24, 2013, 8:28 pm

    I don’t have to do back to school shopping anymore – my daughter is grown and done school (for now). I always liked to get her ready for back to school and still like to check out the back to school stuff — I can always use something for myself!

  • Andrea Williams Aug 24, 2013, 7:44 pm

    I’m excited but not totally finished with my shopping yet.

  • Belinda McNabb Aug 24, 2013, 5:52 pm

    I have always enjoyed back to school shopping for my son and we are pretty close to ready for school now. I am sad because my son completed elementary/middle school and will be in grade nine and a new school. It is pretty scary that he is starting a totally new chapter in his life

  • Caroline M. Aug 24, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I look forward to back to school shopping in a few years since my son is still to young for school. I love the smell of freshly sharpened coloring pencils.

  • Darwin Chau Aug 24, 2013, 2:18 pm

    We are almost ready for back to school. We started this morning and just a few more clothing items and we are set.

  • lori Aug 24, 2013, 12:07 pm

    i’m sad, i’m not ready, ;(

  • Jonnie Aug 24, 2013, 11:57 am

    I’m excited about back to school because it means i will have tons more time when the kids are in school, but I will miss them like crazy!

  • Soozle Aug 24, 2013, 7:13 am

    I always loved back to school shopping with the supplies – but ALWAYS got such butterflies for it!

  • Leanne M Aug 23, 2013, 10:44 pm

    I’m ready and I think my kids are too.

  • Karla Sceviour Aug 23, 2013, 8:13 pm

    I love back to school shopping,but do get frustrated,when I can`t find the things I want or clothing suitable to my teenager son!

  • Anne Taylor Aug 23, 2013, 6:18 pm

    I always had mixed feelings when my kids went back to school! I was happy because I would get some time to myself, happy that the kids were getting back to learning, but sad because I was going to miss them at the same time!

  • Glogirl Aug 23, 2013, 5:59 pm

    I don’t have any back to school shopping to do but I do enjoy all the sales and promotions that come with back-to-school time.

  • Doris Calvert Aug 23, 2013, 3:48 pm

    I don’t have kids but I am always sad when my niece and nephew go back because it means I don’t see them as much.

  • supersu Aug 23, 2013, 3:46 pm

    even tho i dont go to school anymore, i must confess my LOVE for back to school supplies!

    new pens, new binders, cute notebooks and matchy matchy stationery acessories just make me happy!

    and if you know me, you know there is ABSOLUTELY nothin i like better than a GREAT deal.

    me: shopping
    you: 50$ staples card
    equals: a great donation to a local family biz who is collecting back to school supplies for those kiddies who cannot afrord.

    that would be a win win win
    su :)

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