60 A+ Back-to-School Deals

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$6 BASIC STACKABLE BASKET FROM CONTAINER STORE

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

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$6 TICONDEROGA PRE-SHARPENED PENCILS FROM SAM'S CLUB

Why we love this deal: Save time (and money) with pre-sharpened no. 2 pencils.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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. 

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$8 MATTE STACKABLE MUGS

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

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$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. 

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$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.

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$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.

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$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. 

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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. 

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$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.

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$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.

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$20 ADIDAS SLIDE SANDALS FROM ACADEMY

Why we love this deal: Great for men or women, these slide sandals are essential public shower footwear.

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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.

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$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.

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$25 WOMEN'S SONOMA TERRY ROBE FROM KOHL'S

Why we love this deal: A comfortable robe for lounging or wearing to the showers. Try this option for men.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.