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The Best Back-to-School Sales

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Summer vacations are winding down, which means it’s time to head back to class. For parents looking for a deal on outfits for the first day of school, check out these back-to-school sales for online shopping. At these 13 retailers, you’ll be able to pick up pencils and binders from school supply lists, as well as jeans, hoodies, backpacks, lunch bags, and everything else your kids will need for a stellar school year.


The back-to-school section at Amazon is helpfully divided up by grade level, with supplies like washable glitter glue for the little kids and Oxford spiral notebooks for high schoolers and plenty of deals to be had in general. Get kids excited about writing essays with a Marvel Avengers Gel Pen Set, featuring cute comic book character-topped pens — plus, the brand Yoobi donates school supplies to kids in need too.


It’s semi-annual sale time at Backcountry.com, which coincidentally falls during school shopping season. Kids’ gear for sale includes outdoorsy buys like Strider bikes and bucket hats, as well as clothes that would work for class too. Snag a fall-ready striped Patagonia boys jacket for 35 percent off at $48.75.

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A go-to for wardrobe staples for kids’ closets, Gap is slashing prices as part of its back-to-school sale. Shop hoodies for $20, jeans for $27, leggings for $15, and backpacks for $30. A few items are made of recycled materials, like this $8 Kids Gen Good T-Shirt made with organic cotton and recycled thread.


The Crewcuts brand for kids from J.Crew is offering 30 percent off select full-price clothing and accessories with the code SHOPNOW. Other items are already marked down, like this cute $49.50 girls’ denim chore jacket with sherpa trim (which is currently 34 percent off).


The classic department store has everything you need for a first day of school outfit from head to toe: sneakers to tracksuits to backpacks are all part of Macy’s Back-to-School sale. The tie-dye trend that kicked off last year is still going strong: find pink tie-dye hoodies for girls on sale for $16.25 and Tommy Hilfiger-branded tie-dye tees for boys on sale for $16.88.

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If back to school involves new tech, check out Microsoft’s Back-to-School sale for Surface tablets and laptops. Get up to $200 off a Surface Laptop Go with Platinum Intel Core, which normally retails for $899.99. Other deals include $150 off the Surface Pro X.


The fall roundup for kids at Nordstrom spans kids’ clothing, kids’ shoes, kids’ backpacks, and every accessory you would need for lunch boxes. Find markdowns on items like T-shirts and shorts, and good deals on select sneakers, including Nikes. The sales price for Nike Air Max Extremes runs from $42-$120 for babies to kids, while Nike Kids’ Blazer Low ’77 Low Top Sneaker are 40 percent off at $39.

Nordstrom Rack

Clothing items for kids start at $10 during Nordstrom Rack’s back-to-school sale, while shoes start at $25. Snag a two-pack of Joes stretch pull-on leggings for girls for just $14.97.

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Office Depot

The office supply chain is slashing prices by up to 55 percent this fall as part of its back-to-school sale. In addition to checking everything off school supply lists, score a sturdy JanSport laptop backpack for $38.39 (that’s 20 percent off the original $47.99 price) 

Old Navy

This month, Old Navy has been running a storewide sale, offering deals of up to 50 percent off. That includes clothing for both girls and boys, with $6 polos and leggings for $3.97. Little ones can head off to school with this $26.99 neon-accented camo backpack, on sale at 30 percent off for $18.89.


Deals on new outfits, tech, pencils, binders, and more can all be found at Target’s back-to-school sale. School supplies start at just 25 cents, and there’s even a $100-off deal on an HP laptop. Make lunch time more cheerful with this on-sale $8.99 rainbow lunch bag

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Items in Japanese retailer’s back-to-school edit for kids start as low as $5.90 for a pair of leggings or a crew cut tee. For a little traveler, pick up this unisex “Time for Adventure” sweatshirt for $19.90. 


The annual VIP sale at Zappos is going on through August 30, and the deals include plenty of kids’ shoes in time for school. Vans Kids Classic Slip-On shoes are on sale in colorful prints, like this pair in animal print for $25.90.

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