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How to save this tax-free weekend at Walmart, Target, Publix and Winn-Dixie

Walmart assistant manger Daniel Thompson, bottom center, works on pricing items in the school supply area of the Walmart store at 4302 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Walmart assistant manger Daniel Thompson, bottom center, works on pricing items in the school supply area of the Walmart store at 4302 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published Aug. 9, 2018

Ah, it's every Florida bargain hunters favorite holiday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Tax-free weekend.

Retailers are rolling back prices on all back-to-school essentials. The tax-free deals on school supplies and clothing items offered through the state start Aug. 3 and last until Sunday.

There are a lot of coupons floating around right now: last Sunday's Tampa Bay Times had two SmartSource inserts and a P&G BrandSaver — some of the coupons within don't expire until late September. So hold on to them, because it's likely there will be some markdowns in the coming weeks you can pair them with for extra savings.

But let's get started for the best deals for your supply list shopping trip this weekend:


This retail giant has some of its signature "roll-back" deals on a slew of back-to-school goodies:

The 20-count small Lays chips bags for school lunches are $5.98 and Lunchables are $1 each (and that's without any coupons).

Five-Star folders (the durable type) are $1.77 each. The SmartSource flier from this past Sunday has coupons for $1 off any two Five-Star products, $1.50 off its binders, and $2 off its reinforced paper fillers.

Walmart has notebooks marked down to 87 cents, and 50 cents depending on amount of sheets, and packs of college ruled paper for 82 cents. Crayola markers are more than half off at 97 cents and 12-pack Paper Mate pens are also only 97 cents.

In the not-school items department:

If you didn't use the Schick razor coupons last week for the deals at Publix, you can use them now at Walmart.

The coupons are from the July 22 Sunday paper and don't expire until Aug. 12: there's a $3 off one and BOGO, or buy-one-get-one deal.

There's a Walmart exclusive coupon for $3 off the Intuition "Fab" razor on deal website Iobotta you can pair with the manufacturer coupons.


Similar to Walmart, Target has markdowns on its line of Five-Star folders: the regular ones are 99 cents and the durable ones $1.72. Again, all those Five-Star coupons mentioned previously are fair game and could mean products free or close-to-free, depending on what you need.

The store also has a bunch of supplies at 99 cents I expect will fly of the shelves: Crayola markers, BIC pens, store-brand mechanical pencils, supply boxes, Mead spiral notebooks.

There's a BIC coupon from the July 22 newspaper for $1 off stationary products, which means free pens. But it expires Aug. 3.

There's a more recent pens coupon from this past Sunday's SmartSouce for 75 cents off you can use on G2 pen packs, which are marked down to two for $6.

If you're stocking up for a dorm room: there's a $15 store coupon if you spend $50 or more on cleaning, laundry, paper or bathroom products.


Grocery stores have plenty of back-to-school deals, too: BOGO on classic marble notebooks, filler paper, dividers means savings up to $7.29.

There's BOGO on BIC, Paper Mate, Sharpie products and others. That $1 BIC coupon I mentioned before has a $1.50 off BIC gel pens next to it. This would be a good time to use it, but remember both BIC coupons expire Aug. 3.

This weekend only, those small Lays chip bags for lunches are marked down to $5.99. (A whole penny more than Walmart.)

There's a BOGO on Perdue chicken nuggets and tenders. If you held onto the RetailMeNot flier from two weeks ago, there were coupons for 75 cents off nuggets. The coupons don't expire until Aug. 19.

There's a two for $6 deal on 12-packs of Pop-Tarts. If you buy four, you can save another $2 with a coupon from this week's RetailMeNot. I

There's a two for $4 on Bounty paper towels, too, and your most recent P&G BrandSaver has a 25 cent coupon. (Every little bit helps, right?)


Like almost everyone else, those 20-pack of Lays chips are marked down: $5.99. (If you pay full price for these this week, I'm going to shame you.)

Publix has a buy three get three on Lunchables, which is a decent deal but you'll get them about 10 cents cheaper at Walmart or Target.

There's a BOGO on Lysol wipes, which you can use in combination with a SmartSource coupon from the July 22 newspaper for $1 off. You'll get each for about $1.75.

There's also a BOGO on Frosted Flakes. There's a Kellogg's coupon in this week's RetailMeNot for $2 of four Kellogg's cereals.

A standard box usually costs about $3.49. With the combined offers, you get each box of Frosted Flakes for around $1.25.

Also, just because it's so bonkers it's worth mentioning: Aldi has its 49-cent avocado deal again this week.

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Got any deals I missed or tips you think sale-seekers would appreciate? Email me: or follow me @sara_dinatale.


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