ShopRite had them on sale!
Mead 5Star 5subject w/plastic front covers were 4.99/ea with a limit of 4 and 3subjects were 3.99 limit 4). This is the preferred brand & size for the kids and best price I've seen so fat. So I bought 4 of each, then got a $4 coupon at checkout girls a future purchase. Put those 8 notebooks in the trunk and went back for 4 more 5 subjects and some milk - used that $4 coupon and got another one at check out - Yay! Kept the receipts just in case the are somewhere cheaper before school starts.
I've learned that certain brands are more durable and better quality of paper - which matters to my kids as they press hard when writing. I have a thing about paper, since working in the printing industry for my early career - I'm a bit of a paper snob too. But I will use bargain brand notebooks. My kids don't have such luck.
Now when it comes to back to school supplies - I've tried for years to explain to the kids that 5 1 subject notebooks (70 pages) is more paper than in one of the 5 subject notebooks they prefer. Oldest explained it that it's annoying to take notes in class and run out of paper or to have a chapter of notes in 2 notebooks. I get that but when you can get 50 and 70 page single subjects for $.25 I would save money.
Here us my argument to them and hubby this week:
I spent $ 55.88 + tax For 8 5subject 200 pg and 4 3subject 150 pg. (2200 pages total)
The same number of pages would be 44 50 page single subjects at $11 + tax from staples. Paperboard covers
Granted the kids would have to carry folders since the 1 subjects don't have them built in (with mine those are a godsend)
This is my least favorite time of the year