The calendar may still say early July, but the retailers are getting a jump on back-to-school sales on school supplies.
That's perfect timing for Triangle parents who send their kids to year-round schools, most of which begin a new school year on Monday.
For the rest of us, it's a chance to score yard-sale priced school and office supplies while still shopping in the air-conditioned comfort of major retail stores.
As always, however, do your homework before opening your wallet on back-to-school deals. Many sales have fine print attached to them.
Some of the sales - especially some of the 1-cent deals - require a minimum purchase of $5. That's not hard to rack up if you're doing all your school supply shopping in one store. But if you're store hopping for the lowest prices, you might be better off skipping the penny sales with strings attached.
Here's a cheat sheet of the very best deals this week. I'm not including those that require a minimum purchase. And remember, if you have the luxury of a later start date for school, be patient and collect the free and under 50-cent deals each week.