Preparing to head back to school for a new term, whether you're big or small, is rarely a joyous affair; early mornings, piles of homework, and Monday-morning calculus can make the thoughts almost unbearable. But with it comes one reason to celebrate: back to school sales.
Since consumer spending on term-time necessities has dropped in recent years, some of our favorite stores are pushing their sale sections to the limit to offer school-ready tech items, clothing, and backpacks at low prices.
So, in order to help you save big on the little ones (or your own scholastic self), we've rounded up the back to school sales hitting top of the class. Make sure to bookmark this page and check back often, as we'll be updating it with more sales as we find them — and sign up for our newsletter to get the scoop on even more deals.
Up to 60% off w/ $10 off $100 via "SMART10", $20 off $200 via "SMART20", or $30 off $300 via "SMART30"
Shipping: Free shipping
Expires: July 31
Deal: Gone are the days when a case of pens, pencils, and a novelty eraser would get you prepped for a new term in school. In order to stay connected to the mainframe, students must be equipped with the most contemporary of gizmos and gadgets that are "educational necessities."
If you're looking to save on such expensive devices, you will easily do so at Cowboom as it hosts its best ever sale on new, refurbished, and pre-owned laptops, tablets, cameras, backpacks, and more.
Up to 62% offapparel, shoes, and accessories w/ 20% off via "BTS20" 25% off $100 via "BTS25", or 30% off $200 via "BTS30"
Shipping: Free shipping for Shop Your Way Max members
Deal: From comfortable shoes to gym sweats, the average schoolkid is likely to outgrow a closet-full of clothing within the space of a term. So it's important to save big on each new piece. Luckily, Sears is hosting a killer sale on all things suave and studious, where the more you buy, the more you'll save.
Some threads that are certain to impress the reluctant school-goer are the Amplify Boys' Sherpa Fleece-Lined Hoodie for $19.19 ($29 off) and the Disney Girls' Frozen Elsa Graphic T-Shirt for $7.19 ($11 off).
Note: Shop Your Way Rewards members may earn a Sears credit with select purchases.
Up to $500 off furniture, laptops, desktops, TVs, printers, and more
Shipping: Free shipping on most items
Deal: If you're leaving home from the first time and are set to become responsible for your own cooking, cleaning, and washing routines, then you may be in need of a couple of tools ahead of the move.
From daybeds to printers, TVs to pizza ovens, Costco has dropped prices on all things needed to ease you into this frightening life change. (Note that the sale prices are as marked for Costco members; non-members pay 5% more.)
Up to 90% off textbooks, backpacks, stationery, electronics, and more
Shipping: Free 2-day shipping for Amazon Students or free shipping via Prime
Deal: If you're as smart as yours truly, then you know the best part of going back to school is stocking up on some sweet stationery. So, whether you appreciate a quality Biro or tacky pencil-sharpener, Amazon has stockpiles of supplies to keep you in ink all year-round. It's also discounting laptops, desktops, backpacks, and comfortable clothes for the student starting anew.
Extra 30% off sale backpacks and bags via coupon "SAVE30"
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Deal: Since stores are consistently trying to outdo each other to win your fickle affection, we're seeing more and more huge discounts on desirable, current-season items. This Quiksilver sale is a prime example, as this coupon is the best extra percent-off discount we've seen so far this year from the store and it's here just in time to save before school.
The Quiksilver Schoolie Laptop Bag for $24.49 (a $6 low) is worth considering for the mighty haul expected come September.
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Deal: For the more seasoned of students, TigerDirect has discounted a wide range of hardcore electronics from computers and their peripherals, to flash memory. So, whether you're building your own machine for work or play, you can bag some all-time price lows at the store, and at least pretend it's all with schoolwork in mind.
$100 Apple Store Gift Card when you buy a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac at any Apple Store for Education
Expires: September 9
Deal: This exclusively-for-students offer was a hit when we listed it a year ago, and it's sure to help many save on expensive necessities ahead of a new term again. You'll save a tidy $100 on peripherals like mice, keyboards, or another brand-spanking new device when you purchase your Mac of choice. (Note that if the computer is purchased at a U.S. Apple Authorized Campus Store, you'll get an App Store Gift Card instead.)
Alternatively, if you buy a less expensive and more portable iPad or iPhone, you'll receive a $50 Apple Store Gift Card for free.
More Back to School Sales
- Sierra Trading Post: up to 60% off backpacks, bags, coffee mugs, and more
- Oakley Vault: Up to 70% off Oakley bags and backpacks
- Belk: Up to 50% off kids' apparel, shoes, and uniforms
- Kmart: School supplies for 25 cents: Pencils, notebooks, portfolios
- Best Buy: Up to $120 off laptops, tablets, smartphones, HDTVs, and more
- hhgregg: Free prizes in their "Dream Dorm Room" contest, including TV, Chromebook, Keurig, and more