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Why You Probably Shouldn't Spend More Than $600 on a Laptop for College

Many students actually have fairly light needs when it comes to computing. All the bells and whistles can push laptops into the $1,000+ price territory, but do you need it? We look at which students might have heavier needs, and which can be satisfied with most mainstream laptops, in our college laptop buying guide.

Families Will Spend More Money on Back-to-School Season This Year

Here we present the latest forecasts and fun facts associated with the back-to-school season, offering a look at how households will spend this year. So sharpen those pencils, sit up straight in your chairs, and study up. There will be a quiz immediately following this lesson.

School's Back In Session: 5 Tips for Navigating Back-to-School Sales

At no other time would picking out folders, notebooks, and pencils seem so exciting, but we all have fond childhood memories of selecting just the right supplies to match our school lists. DealNews is here to help by telling you what to expect from current back-to-school sales.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August is a fantastic month for shopping, but you still need to shop wisely. Back-to-school sales and state sales tax holidays mean laptop deals are hot — but watch out for Apple's notoriously bad discounts. That, plus travel, patio furniture, and more!

Back-to-School Savings: Cowboom, Sears, & Amazon are Top of the Class

Preparing to head back to school for a new term, whether you're big or small, is rarely a joyous affair. But some of our favorite stores are offering school-ready tech items, clothing, and backpacks at prices worth celebrating. We've rounded up the very best back-to-school sales.

Majoring in Affordability: Ways to Cut Down on Costs for College

In case you haven't noticed, we're in a lot of student loan debt. As of the end of 2013, the figure had soared to $1.08 trillion. But if you're willing to get creative and consider alternative approaches, you can cut down on some of the big expenses.

Video Review: Is a Ziploc Bag as Good as a Waterproof Case for Your Gadget?

The beach. Water parks. The toilet. These are all places where your beloved iPhone can find itself taking a nasty, warranty-voiding bath. Several items on the market purport to keep your gadgets dry in these situations, but how well do they really work? And do you have to spend a lot to get acceptable water protection?

Don't Fall for Back-to-School Deals on the iPhone or iPad

To get consumers to notice their back-to-school deals, retailers are discounting big-ticket items, such as the Apple iPhone and iPad Air. But Apple is slated to refresh its iPhone and iPad line of devices as early as September, meaning that an Apple bundle that might have caught your eye may not be as good a deal as you originally thought.

Everything You Need to Shop Back-to-School Sales and Save for College

College tuition continues to increase, which makes saving on the little things — like laptops and clothing — all the more important. Check out all our back-to-school guides for expert guidance on how to save.

How to Get the Best Deal on a Back-to-School Laptop

Fortunately, shoppers can expect to find better-than-average laptop deals for back-to-school. But as with any big purchase, a little research and planning can go a long way to ensure you buy a system that's right for you. Follow our guide to see what you can expect from this summer's best sales.

10 Things NOT to Buy Your College-Bound Student

College is expensive, and not just because of tuition; students need lots of things as they live and work away from home. Here's a list of items that you should not buy your matriculating student, as they head back to school. Your wallet will thank us!

How to Save Money on Back-to-School Clothes

Everyone knows that gearing up for a new school year means buying copious amounts of paper and pencils, but the best part about going back is the chance to re-stock a student's wardrobe! Whether you're a parent or a student, we're here to help you find the best sales on back-to-school clothes.

Back to School Factoids: Kids Will Spend $4.2 Billion on Supplies?!

For some students, the school year just ended. It doesn't matter, because it's already time to think about going back! Back to school means spending a lot of money on supplies, clothes, and whatnot. How much? Find out in our latest infographic!

What to Expect from 2012 Labor Day Sales

For most Americans, Labor Day means the end of summer, but the first Monday in September also means big savings for bargain hunters. And even though Labor Day isn't considered a consumer holiday, retailers don't tend to miss any opportunity to offer sales. And Labor Day 2012 is no exception.

Make the Most of Final Back to School Shopping with Some Clever Couponing

There are certain back to school items, like inexpensive supplies, that you may be inclined to buy in store rather than online. But just because you're stepping away from your computer doesn't mean you can't still be a budget savvy shopper. Here are some couponing tips for saving the most in-store during back to school shopping.

9 Must-Have Tool Deals for Your College-Bound Kid

You may be prepping your matriculating college student with new sheets and a shiny laptop, but a necessity that's oft-overlooked is a tricked out tool box for all those times their budget-friendly keepsakes fall apart. We've got deals on several basic tools that every student (and everyone else, for that matter) needs for their first tool box.

10 Reasons Not to Buy an iPad Instead of a Laptop for a College Student

If you're a parent of a college-bound kid, you're probably preparing to ship your offspring to university with the tools they need for a proper education. But we advise that their supplies don't include an iPad. Here's why.

Back to School Sales Guide: When to Buy Dorm Room Goods, Clothes, more

Retailers may already be rolling out back to school sales, but that doesn't mean you have to rush out and buy your supplies immediately. We analyzed our archives to see what kind of deals you can expect to find on select campus essentials in the coming weeks, as well as when you should buy them.

The Kids Are Back at School... Now Green Their Supplies With These 6 Tips

The kids have already started school, and the next major shopping holiday on your radar is, probably, Black Friday. But there's still time to focus on other worthy shopping goals — like rethinking your child's knapsack. Everything a kid touches has a short life span, so it makes sense here, more so than in any other area of your life, to focus on being eco-friendly. Green Dad Lou Carlozo has six tips to bring savings and the environment together under one schoolhouse roof.

Get the Best Back-to-School Furniture Deals for Your College-Bound Kid

College students are perpetually strapped for cash, but that doesn't mean your kids need to become schooled in Dumpster Diving 101 just to furnish their apartment. We've rounded up some of the best budget-friendly furniture deals from our site to keep them comfortable in their campus abodes.