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Back to school sales February 2018

Spend big on their education, not their educational equipment, with these back-to-school sales.

Getting them ready for another year of school this year should be a pain-free process… for yourself and your hip pocket. There’s more than a handful of back-to-school sales happening online and in-store that will save you a bundle while ensuring that the back-to-school shop is a quick and painless process.

From school shoes to stationery, these online stores can kit your kid up ready for another year of schooling.

Back-to-school sales for February 2018

10% off all purchases every day for students, parents and faculty.

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Students save an additional 10% on $999 SP4 i5 SP4 i5 256 bundle

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Includes Black Type cover (A $1,269 value)

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Back to School Guide Enjoy amazing sales on HPs top laptops, computers and accessories.

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Back to school deals starting at $8

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Back To School Bags And Totes Now: $39.95

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15% off any order

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Excludes Sephora, Gift Cards, Services, Service Plans, current orders/prior purchases, or in combination with any other discount.

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Take $5 off orders $50 and up

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10% student discount Students enjoy a 10% discount. Just log in or register on the site to get your unique student code.

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What to buy online at back-to-school sales

School Shoes

Kids are going to need a sturdy pair of shoes for everyday wear and generally will also need a pair of sneakers. Read more on where to buy school shoes here.

Stationery

School utensils like notebooks, pencils and mathematical equipment are required from Kindergarten through to college. Read more on where to buy school stationery here.

What to buy online for different age groups

Preschool

Pre-schoolers thrive on creativity and color. Equip them with a colorful backpack and coloring pencils to help encourage play.

Moana Single Zipper Pencil Case
Walmart

Elementary school

From the correct footwear and backpacks to workbooks and writing pencils, elementary school children need functional, durable equipment to learn.

Petite Point Gel Pen Set
Urban Outfitters

High school

“Cool” rules the school. Here are some cool and functional back-to-school necessities that won’t embarrass them… much.

College

The latest tech is what it’s all about in college. Buy a new laptop, a good phone (with a recording function) and a trendy bag to house it all in.

Surface Laptop - 128GB
Microsoft
HP OfficeJet 4650 All-in-One Printer
HP
Office 365 Home
Microsoft

Where to shop online at back-to-school sales

These shops are notorious for offering back-to-school sales and can offer you basically everything you need to get your kids ready for the new school year.

Target
Target
Kohls
Kohl's
Payless Shoesource
Payless Shoesource
Walmart
Walmart
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters
ASOS
ASOS

Top tips on back-to-school sales

Get organized for the back-to-school shop with these simple tips:

  • Know your budget. Allocate a specific amount for school needs.
  • Make a list of all the school requirements. Teachers would usually provide a list beforehand.
  • Find reusable items from last year’s school supplies. Remove those from the list so you don’t buy them again.
  • Buy in bulk. Packs of basic school supplies might be available for less.
  • Compare prices. Look through different merchants and take note of deals.
  • Shop for quality supplies. Do not just consider price over quality.
  • Shop online. Save time, resources and enjoy the convenience of shopping online while getting the same offers.

What you need to know about discounts

The problem

As a marketing strategy, providing huge discounts is a good way to attract customers, but discounts could either be advantageous or disadvantageous on your part. While marked-down items can be very enticing, most stores only place select items on sale. Be careful: you might be buying an item for its recommended retail price as retailers have marked it up beforehand and then applied the discount for the back-to-school sale.

The solution

Be a wise shopper by taking advantage of student discounts direct from the retailer, especially when buying electronics like Kindles, Apple products, tablets, laptops or notebooks. Apple, for instance, offers students, parents of students and school staff or faculty members educational pricing plus a $100 gift card for Mac or $50 for iPad or iPhone purchases.

Offers are usually limited and are good only until stocks run out, so don’t miss these deals. Browse each brand’s official website to know the offers available to you, be they in the form of rebates, promo codes for a specific promo period, or free shipping.

Checking for quality

The problem

Back-to-school sales are an opportunity for retailers to get rid of stock, some of which includes low-quality items that didn’t sell during the previous year.

The solution

Examine each item carefully and see if they are worth buying so as not to waste your money and time. Getting low-quality school supplies is a waste of money as you will be buying the same item once it wears out in a few months. Look for items that are highly available and have higher discount rates, as a huge stack of the same product usually signifies that it is of low quality.

Discounts may be also available for items sold in bulk or placed in budget packs. It is wiser to check how much you truly save on bulk items and take the time to consider if you need that many of that item.

Dealing with the crowds

The problem

Back-to-school sales are traffic drivers which draw in large crowds. More often than not, these crowds are indicators of where the greatest back-to-school deals can be found. However, you might think twice if it is really worth lining up for hours when there might be a more convenient shopping option available.

The solution

Promotions vary from one retailer to the next and online promotions have also been intensified. Coupons and rewards are available online so you can often get the same deals as those offered in-store.

Shop online to avoid the rush. Save time and gas and enjoy the comfort of your own home.

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Michael Bowley

Michael is a finder shopping expert with a nose for the best deals and a knack for selecting the right gift for any occasion. He loves working for finder because every day brings a totally new and fun challenge.

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