27 A+ Back-to-School Deals
Stretch your dollar with a collection of the best back-to-school deals online and in stores for students of all ages (as well as non-students who just like to save money). From penny deals on school supplies to clothing closeouts and dorm-room essentials, these 27 deals should get the academic year off to a good start.
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Why we love this deal: Check Office Depot/Office Max weekly fliers for "Penny Deals" on assorted school supplies such as erasers, glue, and composition books. The deals are in-store only, limited to three per person while supplies last, and kick in after a $5 purchase from elsewhere in the store.
Why we love this deal: Whole Foods Market is selling a number of products in-store only as part of a partnership with the popular PBS children's show "Wild Kratts," including fruit-flavored, chewable multivitamins. Free of artificial flavors and sweeteners, these gummies cost 9 cents a serving, making them competitive with similar products online that range up to 24 cents a serving.
Why we love this deal: Scoop up some cute kicks for the first -- and second -- day of school with this buy-one-get-one-free deal from Carter's (the cheaper pair is free). A wide selection of styles and sizes for boys and girls start at $20. Bonus tip: Browse the flash sale and add another item or two at 70 percent off to bring the total over $50 and save $6 on shipping. Then use the coupon code FIRSTDAY to save another 25 percent on qualifying purchases (the shoe deal is excluded, but other clearance items should get the additional discount).
Why we love this deal: Supercharge school with this deal from JC Penney on a superhero-themed backpack with matching lunchbox at 62 percent off the manufacturer's suggested price. Use the coupon code 4SALE to knock another $3 off the already discounted price. Bonus tip: Choose in-store pickup to save $5 on shipping, or qualify for free shipping on orders over $100.
Why we love this deal: Typically retailing for twice or three times as much, these cute and cuddly backpack accessories are a steal from Hollar and sure to help break the ice on that first day of school. Choose from a range of popular characters from "Inside Out," "Frozen," "Plants vs. Zombies," and more. The only catch is a $10 minimum purchase to get the deal -- and a $25 minimum purchase to qualify for free shipping.
Why we love this deal: Keep that puddle-stomper dry and safe with this deal from Columbia that drops the price of a Wet Reflect rain set for toddlers from $80 to a more modest $40. An attached adjustable hood, adjustable leg cuffs, and zippered hand pockets ensure little guys and gals will stay comfortable whether it's raining or pouring, and reflective strips give added visibility on darker days. Available in red or blue in three sizes. Flat-rate shipping sets buyers back $6.
Why we love this deal: Costco members, don't waste time looking for a better deal on gel pens -- Costco's discount comes in at about half the price for twice the rainbow. It includes a stadium stand to keep the pens organized. The sets come in five styles, including neon, pastel, metallic, and glitter, and 70 of the colors are unique. Even with $5 shipping, this is a heckuva deal for anyone with a budding artist in the house.
Why we love this deal: Save 60 percent or more off Hollister clearance items such as a stylish polo marked down more than 80 percent from an original price of $30. Plan to spend another $45 to qualify for free shipping rather than paying the standard flat rate of $7.
Why we love this deal: At less than $1 for each stretchable fabric cover, this deal from U.S. School Supply is by far the best price online for these super-convenient reusable book covers, which typically retail for $2 to $6 apiece. Perfect for large families with multiple students and piles of textbooks, this bargain's only catch is a relatively high shipping cost of $8.
Why we love this deal: Save $2 on a pair of Zebra ballpoint pens or mechanical pencils through Aug. 27. Pick up Walgreens' in-store circular to score this deal.
Why we love this deal: A 35 percent discount from Best Buy knocks $70 off the regular price of this 11.6-inch crimson computer, bringing it down into the range of a budget Chromebook. And while many entry-priced PCs are underpowered and underwhelming, the Lenovo Ideapad 100s routinely receives ratings of 4 stars or better for packing a solid punch in a compact 2.2-pound case. Shipping is free, as is a year's subscription to Microsoft Office 365.
Why we love this deal: Score a 75 percent discount online on a high-quality and high-capacity backpack from High Sierra by combining an already low closeout price of $50 with coupon code CLEAROUT to cut the price in half again. Features include a padded pocket capable of holding and protecting a 15-inch laptop, a zippered media pocket with a headphone port, and a place to attach additional items with a triangle clip. High Sierra's five-year warranty covers manufacturing defects or repairs.
Why we love this deal: Apple is sweetening its back-to-school discount this year, offering sets of Beats headphones on top of education discounts of $50 to $200 off an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or iMac. Purchases must be made through an Apple retail store, Apple's online education store, or an Apple-authorized campus store through Sept. 5. The deal is available to anyone who qualifies for Apple's education pricing, such as a student, teacher, or parent of a student.
Why we love this deal: Stock up on Hammermill Copy Plus printer paper for next to nothing with a rebate deal from Staples. Just print a rebate coupon and bring it to the register through Aug. 6 to get the discount. The deal is limited to four per customer, but that's 2,000 sheets of paper. Even in college, it would take a while to use up four reams of paper.
Why we love this deal: Normally priced at $430, this Threshold Madison tufted-back convertible sofa makes a great budget choice for off-campus living with Target's 30 percent discount. Using the coupon code TGT26N63 knocks another $5 off the price and eliminates the "handling" fee, which saves another $50.
Why we love this deal: This instantly popular release from Amazon can play five hours of music wirelessly or provide five hours of light when fully charged. It can even serve as a speakerphone and FM radio, and it's $3 cheaper than similar products on Amazon.
Why we love this deal: Office Depot's deal on this mathematical must-have drops the cost by $5, making it the lowest price we could find online. Too bad this Texas Instruments calculator doesn't feature graphing functionality -- those models cost at least $100 more.