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GRADE A 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 60 deals should get the academic year off to a good start.

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$0.01 SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM OFFICE DEPOT

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.

Elmer's Glue Sticks
Courtesy of amazon.com

$1 SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM DOLLAR TREE

Why we love this deal: Don't dismiss your local dollar store when it comes to back-to-school shopping; they usually carry name brands too. Dollar Tree has Sharpie permanent markers, Scotch tape, and Elmer's school glue sticks.

Old Navy BOGO Sale
Courtesy of oldnavy.gap.com

BOGO UNIFORMS FOR KIDS FROM OLD NAVY

Why we love this deal: Shop Old Navy's Buy One, Get One Free sale and save on polos, khakis, shorts, jumpers, and more.

Crayola Crayons
Courtesy of walmart.com

$0.50 CRAYOLA CLASSIC CRAYONS FROM WALMART

Why we love this deal: A must-have for the kids' pencil bag. This 24-pack of Crayola crayons is a number one seller.

Composition Notebooks
Courtesy of staples.com

$0.50 WIDE RULE COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK FROM STAPLES

Why we love this deal: Most science classes or college labs require a composition notebook. These come in a variety of colors and are only $0.50 each.

2-Pocket Folders
Courtesy of officedepot.com

$0.69 2-POCKET PORTFOLIO FROM OFFICE DEPOT

Why we love this deal: Stock up online, or shop in your local store and only pay $0.15 per folder.

Fast Drying Towels
Courtesy of target.com

$0.88-$5 -- FAST DRY BATH TOWELS FROM TARGET

Why we love this deal: Wash cloths under a dollar, and bath towels for $5 -- these are perfect for your college-bound teen. They're fade resistant and fast drying so you can avoid musty odors or mildew.

Crayola Markers
Courtesy of target.com

$1 CRAYOLA CLASSIC MARKERS FROM KMART

Why we love this deal: Every school supplies list includes a pack of markers. Stick with the tried-and-true Crayola Classics for only $1.

Assorted Binders
Courtesy of dollartree.com

$1 VINYL 3-RING BINDERS FROM DOLLAR TREE

Why we love this deal: These vinyl binders are only $1 a piece, but Dollar Tree does require a minimum quantity of four for online orders. Grab one for every class along with a few other essentials on your list.

Spiral Notebooks
Courtesy of walmart.com

$1.50 MEAD SPIRAL BOUND NOTEBOOK FROM WALMART

Why we love this deal: You can never have too many spirals for the school year. These wide-ruled notebooks are a cheap and reliable option for kids.

Kids' Scissors
Courtesy of staples.com

$2 SCISSORS FROM STAPLES

Why we love this deal: Molded, symmetrical handles allow for either left or right-handed use, plus these bright scissors come in a two-pack.

Tjena Box
Courtesy of ikea.com

$2 TJENA BOX WITH LID FROM IKEA

Why we love this deal: Store school supplies, papers, or even non-perishable food for the dorm in these convenient lidded boxes. A larger option is available for $5.

Mesh Pencil Pouches
Courtesy of officedepot.com

$3 PENCIL POUCH WITH MESH WINDOW FROM OFFICE DEPOT

Why we love this deal: With many colors to choose from and only $3 a pop, you can pick up a couple to save on last-minute replacements.

Plastic Hangers
Courtesy of target.com

$3 PLASTIC HANGERS FROM TARGET

Why we love this deal: An often forgotten item on the back-to-college list, hangers are one of those staples that you can't live without. This pack comes with 18 plastic hangers that eliminate creases and wrinkles.

Pruta Food Containers
Courtesy of ikea.com

$5 PRUTA FOOD CONTAINER FROM IKEA

Why we love this deal: Don't spend money on unhealthy cafeteria food and pack the kiddos (and parents) last night's leftovers instead. This pack of 17 containers is a steal at only $5.

Yoobi Mini Highlighters
Courtesy of target.com

$5 YOOBI MINI HIGHLIGHTERS FROM TARGET

Why we love this deal: Users love the small size of these bright highlighters and that they travel well. Only $5 for 10.

College Bedding
Courtesy of target.com

$5-$45 -- COLLEGE BED-IN-A-BAG FROM TARGET

Why we love this deal: Let the store handle the designing for you with these all-in-one bedding collections. Some linens start as low as $5.

Mini Swing-Lid Trash Cans
Courtesy of containerstore.com

$5 SWING-LID TRASH CANS FROM CONTAINER STORE

Why we love this deal: Although some dorms provide trash cans, it's never a guarantee. Make sure you're covered with this simple $5 black or white lidded choice.

Stacking Baskets
Courtesy of containerstore.com

$6 BASIC STACKABLE BASKET FROM CONTAINER STORE

Why we love this deal: Maximize your desk space with these assorted stacking baskets.

Ticonderoga Pre-sharpened Pencils
Courtesy of target.com
BIC black pens
Courtesy of officedepot.com

$6 BIC ROUND STIC BALLPOINT PENS FROM OFFICE DEPOT

Why we love this deal: BIC is a reliable brand with smooth ink and a comfortable plastic grip. This pack of 60 pens is $6, making each pen only $0.10.

Lockermate Wire Shelf
Courtesy of officedepot.com

$6 LOCKERMATE WIRE SHELF FROM OFFICE DEPOT

Why we love this deal: Get the most of your limited locker space by utilizing a shelf for multiple tiers of storage.

Academic Planner
Courtesy of target.com

$6 ACADEMIC PLANNER FROM TARGET

Why we love this deal: Don't lose track of your busy schedule; stay organized with this fashionable and handy planner that is perfect for high school or college.

LED Desk Lamp
Courtesy of walmart.com

$6 MAINSTAYS LED DESK LAMP FROM WALMART

Why we love this deal: A simple, energy-efficient lamp with an adjustable gooseneck is ideal for late-night studying. At less than $6, it's a sweet deal. 

White Izod Polo
Courtesy of jcpenney.com

$8 IZOD STRETCH PIQUÉ POLO FROM JC PENNEY

Why we love this deal: The classic polo is a uniform staple. Available in navy, white, and red, it also functions as dressy or everyday wear.

Uniform Pleated Skort
Courtesy of childrensplace.com

$8 UNIFORM PLEATED SKORT FROM CHILDREN'S PLACE

Why we love this deal: More practical than your average uniform skirt, this skort has built-in shorts too. Perfect for active young children.

Ice Packs
Courtesy of amazon.com

$8 SLIM ICE PACKS FROM BED BATH & BEYOND

Why we love this deal: Keep lunches insulated for kids and adults with this four-pack of ice chillers. The slim size is a bonus to fit in all kinds of bags.

Stackable Mugs
Courtesy of urbanoutfitters.com

$8 MATTE STACKABLE MUGS

Why we love this deal: Dorm living is all about saving space. These stackable mugs are cute and practical.

Plastic Shower Caddy
Courtesy of kohls.com

$9 SHOWER CADDY FROM KOHL'S

Why we love this deal: Keep your toiletries organized with this sturdy shower caddy. A plastic option is smart to eliminate the risk of mildew. 

Grade School Planner
Courtesy of amazon.com

$9 GRADE SCHOOL ACADEMIC PLANNER FROM AMAZON

Why we love this deal: This colorful planner is perfect for keeping kids organized. It has a dated weekly format, along with monthly calendars and helpful resource pages for study skills, english, math, social studies, and geography.

Girl's Printed Rain Boots
Courtesy of kohls.com

$9 GIRL'S PRINTED RAIN BOOTS FROM KOHL'S

Why we love this deal: The cute print on these rain boots is met with a durable rubber construction to keep the rain out.

Boy's Rain Boots
Courtesy of walmart.com

$10 BOY'S BASIC RAIN BOOT FROM WALMART

Why we love this deal: The knit lining assists with easy on-and-off removal, and the solid coloring is perfect for boys or girls. 

Disney Frozen Backpack
Courtesy of sears.com

$10 DISNEY FROZEN GIRL'S BACKPACK FROM SEARS

Why we love this deal: With over 300 positive reviews, this Disney backpack is a fan favorite. Parents say that it's the perfect size for children, and that they love the Frozen theme.

Space Lunch Bag
Courtesy of kohls.com

$10 WILDKIN MUNCH 'N LUNCH BAG FROM KOHL'S

Why we love this deal: A fun space print meets lasting construction and good insulation, perfect for any age.

Dorm Decorative Pillow
Courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

$10 DORM PILLOW FROM BED BATH AND BEYOND

Why we love this deal: This decorative pillow adds a personal touch and pop of color to brighten up any dorm bedroom.

Ziploc Variety Pack
Courtesy of samsclub.com

$13 ZIPLOC VARIETY PACK FROM SAM'S CLUB

Why we love this deal: 269 bags at only $13 is quite a bargain. These are must-haves for lunches, snacks, and leftovers.

Bubble Umbrella
Courtesy of walmart.com

$14 CLEAR BUBBLE UMBRELLA FROM WALMART

Why we love this deal: Make sure the kids are covered while waiting for the bus with this bubble umbrella. The innovative design blocks wind and provides maximum coverage.

Dry-erase Locker Pocket
Courtesy of pbteen.com

$14 DRY-ERASE LOCKER POCKET FROM PBTEEN

Why we love this deal: Jazz up your locker with this nifty organizational pocket. It comes in a variety of fabric patterns and includes a dry-erase pen.

Yummi Bears Organic Gummies
Courtesy of amazon.com

$15 YUMMI BEARS ORGANIC MULTI-VITAMIN FROM AMAZON

Why we love this deal: Start your kid's day off right with an all-natural multi-vitamin containing no artificial flavors or dyes. This bottle of 90 comes out to only $0.17 per gummy.

AmazonBasics Classic Backpack
Courtesy of amazon.com

$17 AMAZONBASICS CLASSIC BACKPACK FROM AMAZON

Why we love this deal: Reviewers rave about this Amazon backpack, saying it's spacious, durable, and comparable to Jansport, but for half the price.

3-Drawer Storage Chest
Courtesy of containerstore.com

$17 STORAGE CHEST WITH WHEELS FROM CONTAINER STORE

Why we love this deal: Great for storing clothing, shoes, or toiletries, this wheeled chest is easy to move and helpful for space saving.

Nature Valley Granola Bars
Courtesy of amazon.com

$17 NATURE VALLEY GRANOLA BARS FROM COSTCO

Why we love this deal: Made with 100% natural whole grain oats, these granola bars are a surprisingly healthy option for a snack after school or between classes.

Dry-erase Calendar Decal
Courtesy of pbteen.com

$19 DRY-ERASE CALENDAR DECAL FROM PBTEEN

Why we love this deal: Keep your important reminders front and center with this large wall calendar. It's perfect for dorm rooms, home offices, or classrooms. 

Color Block Rug
Courtesy of urbanoutfitters.com

$19 REVERSIBLE RUG FROM URBAN OUTFITTERS

Why we love this deal: Add a splash of color and homey comfort to your dorm room. Available in varying sizes with the cheapest under $20.

Jersey Throw Blanket
Courtesy of target.com

$20 JERSEY THROW BLANKET FROM TARGET

Why we love this deal: A super soft blanket to keep you comfortable during a quick nap between classes. It's also a great accent piece to throw over a couch, futon, or bed.

Adidas Slide Sandals
Courtesy of academy.com
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$21 BOOK COVERS FROM U.S. SCHOOL SUPPLY

Why we love this deal: At less than $1 for each stretchable fabric cover, this is a great deal for these super-convenient reusable book covers.

Laundry Bag & Hamper
Courtesy of kohls.com

$22 LAUNDRY BAG & HAMPER KIT FROM KOHL'S

Why we love this deal: This two-in-one combo is super convenient when it comes to dormitory laundry day. Store your clothes in the foldable hamper, and then carry the load with the matching bag.

Terry Cloth Robe
Courtesy of kohls.com
Dirt Devil Vacuum
Courtesy of homedepot.com

$25 DIRT DEVIL CORDLESS VACUUM FROM HOME DEPOT

Why we love this deal: Perfect for cleaning up small messes and keeping your dorm, car, or kid's room neat and tidy.

Kleenex Tissues
Courtesy of costco.com

$25 KLEENEX FACIAL TISSUE FROM COSTCO

Why we love this deal: Whether it's on the school supply list or to prepare for the inevitable cold germs, having boxes of tissues on hand is always helpful. This 10-pack for $25 comes out to only $2.50 per box.

BentGo Children's Lunch Box
Courtesy of amazon.com

$28 BENTGO CHILDREN'S LUNCHBOX FROM AMAZON

Why we love this deal: Japanese-inspired bento box lunches are all the rage these days thanks to picture-perfect Instagram photos and millions of Pinterest ideas. According to parents, this is the number one pick to keep your kid's lunch organized and fun.

Viva Vantage Paper Towels
Courtesy of costco.com

$30 VIVA VANTAGE PAPER TOWELS FROM COSTCO

Why we love this deal: Another typical grocery item on the school list, this 16-bundle comes out to less than $2 per roll.

HP Printer
Courtesy of bestbuy.com

$30 HP ENVY PRINTER WITH COMPUTER PURCHASE FROM BEST BUY

Why we love this deal: An all-in-one printer with wireless and mobile printing. It's only $30 with the purchase of an HP laptop or desktop so you can knock out two birds with one stone.

Beats Headphones
Courtesy of apple.com

FREE BEATS HEADPHONES WITH MAC OR IPAD PRO PURCHASE FROM APPLE

Why we love this deal: Buy any eligible Mac or iPad Pro and choose one of three free Beats headphones. Options are the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones, or BeatsX Earphones.

Mid-Back Amazon Chair
Courtesy of amazon.com

$52 AMAZONBASICS MID-BACK MESH CHAIR FROM AMAZON

Why we love this deal: Ideal for a dorm room, home office, or kid's desk, this best-selling chair is comfortable, supportive, and easy to assemble.

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20% OFF BUDGET TRUCK RENTAL

Why we love this deal: Use coupon code 20DIS to save some bucks on moving students to college with a Budget rental -- and save some wear and tear on the family car at the same time.

Asus Chromebook Flip
Courtesy of bestbuy.com

$230 ASUS CHROMEBOOK FLIP FROM BEST BUY

Why we love this deal: 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, and a touchscreen. It offers Macbook quality at a much lower price, plus the battery power is 10+ hours so it will last a full day.

Dell Inspiron Laptop
Best Buy

$280 DELL INSPIRON LAPTOP FROM BEST BUY

Why we love this deal: 6GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, and bluetooth-enabled. Reviewers say it's a fast laptop that is a great choice for college.

Acer Aspire Notebook
Courtesy of amazon.com

$350 ACER ASPIRE NOTEBOOK FROM AMAZON

Why we love this deal: 4GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, full HD widescreen, and 7th gen intel core 3 processor. Over 1,000 reviews say it's a superior all-around laptop.