Back-to-school shopping takes place over a longer time than other more traditional shopping events like Christmas, which makes tracking the best deals much harder. Well, that’s what we’re here to help with.
Over the upcoming weeks, we’ll be scouring the internet for the best back-to-school deals that major retailers and carriers are running, gathering them all in one place: here.
The pickings are still slim, considering there are still a few weeks until most schools open their doors (virtual or real ones). If you want to jump to a specific section, you can do it from the links below:
Best back-to-school deals on Amazon
Best back-to-school deals on Apple products
Buy a Mac with up to $200 discount and get free AirPods on top
Students have always been a prime target for Apple products and discounts for MacBooks that will end up in classrooms across the country are nothing new.
This year, Apple is offering up to $200 off of its computers and further sweetens the deal with a pair of AirPods
. The MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13 inch and MacBook Pro 16 inch are the three laptops you can choose from.
But this deal isn’t only for MacBooks. You can get an iMac or an iMac Pro as well and get a pair of Apple’s super-popular AirPods.
Buy an iPad, save up to $100 and get free AirPods
There’s a similar deal going on with iPads but with fewer savings, since iPads don’t cost as much as Macs. Still, even the AirPods on their own are quite a nice gift, so if you were looking to get an iPad as a back-to-school gift, now’s the time to pull the trigger.
Best back-to-school deals on OnePlus products
Get up to $150 worth of OnePlus accessories for free
Right now, OnePlus is giving you up to $150 worth of accessories when you buy a OnePlus 8
or 8 Pro
. The list of available accessories includes the new OnePlus Buds true-wireless earphones. You can get wireless earbuds
, a case, a screen protector
or whatever else you need all for free with the purchase of your new OnePlus phone. You get $100 for accessories when you buy the OnePlus 8 and $150 if you choose the OnePlus 8 Pro. Luckily, the OnePlus Buds are just $79 so you can get them for free either way.
Get 8% off OnePlus 8 Series with free OnePlus Buds
In the spirit of back-to-school, this deal is reserved only for people with .edu emails. With that, you can get an 8% discount on any OnePlus 8 series phone and on top of that receive a free pair of OnePlus Buds. A pretty good way to start the school year, if you ask us. This deal will be active until September 17
Best back-to-school deals on JBL products
Save $10 on JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker
Sure, $10 is not amazing savings, but considering the original $40 price tag of the JBL Go 2, that's 25% off. The JBL Go 2 is super compact, you can easily slip it in your jacket's pocket or a backpack without even noticing it's there. The sound is loud enough to provide entertainment for a small gathering or just yourself. At this price, there's no reason to not get one.
Save $50 on JBL LIVE 650BTNC wireless headphones
Not a fan earbuds? JBL has you covered! The company has taken off 25% of its LIVE 650BTNC over-the-ear headphones, bringing them down to just $150. They come with active noise cancelling to help you get rid of distracting noise during your commute or while working in the office. Create a comfy bubble of good music for yourself and your days will become more pleasant.
Best back-to-school deals at Best Buy
Save $30 on Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless earbuds
Jabra has been making some pretty good headphones recently and the Jabra Elite 75t
are no exception. They sound as good as earbuds that are much pricier but come at a reasonable price that's even lower now thanks to this Best Buy deal.
Save $40 on Nanoleaf Canvas starter kit and 3 expansion packs
The Nanoleaf light panels are great for decorating your room but the problem is there are too few and too expensive. Well, this deal helps out with both of those issues. The starter kit has 9 Canvas panels and each expansion pack contains additional 4, so you get 21 panels for $400. That's not exactly cheap, but you can get pretty creative with the arrangement and color coordination of the panels to get some extremely cool-looking designs.
Save $300 on Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1laptop
If you're looking for something compact, yet powerful, this Dell 2-in-1 laptop is a great choice. It has a 13.3-inch 4K display that can be used either in tablet mode. The Intel i7 processor and 16GB of RAM should be plenty for all sorts of school work. The discount Best Buy has on it right now makes it a pretty lucrative offer.
Best back-to-school deals at Walmart
Save $40 on Jetstream Smart Home Starter Kit: 2 Smart Plugs + 4 Color Smart Bulbs
Every tech geek needs some smart home gadgets in their life. With this bundle, you can control the power to two devices of your choice straight from your phone and change the lighting in a room or two to any color of the rainbow you want.
Save $30 on Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch
Series 3 is a bit old by now, but it's still more than a decent smartwatch. Now, you can get it $30 below its already reduced price, which makes it a pretty good deal. If you need a companion for your iPhone but don't feel like spending $400+ on a smartwatch, this Walmart deal is the perfect opportunity to get an Apple Watch.
ASUS VivoBook 15.6" laptop
This VivoBook is packing a decent Ryzen 3 processor that's more than enough for entertainment and school work alike. The design is quite nice, with slim bezels around the display and a sleek-looking body that would fit a much more expensive device. If you don't need to use any heavy software (including games), the VivoBook will be suit you well.
Save $100 on Bose SoundSport Free true wireless earbuds
Bose's premium TWE are also discounted and a great choice if you don't want to sacrifice sound quality just because you decided to get rid of the wires of your earbuds. The small hook ensures they stay in your ears no matter how vigorously you move, making them perfect for running or working out. The IPX4 water resistance is a nice addition for those use-cases as well.
Best back-to-school deals on Amazon
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse
No matter what you're studying, you'll be spending a lot of time using a computer. Do your hands a favor and get peripherals that will spare you unnecessary pain from awkward positioning. The Microsoft Sculpt keyboard and mouse are not only ergonomic, but they look sleek as well and those are terms that don't go together very often. What's even better is that the numpad is separate, so you can save space when you don't needed without sacrificing functionality when you do need it.
Kindle Kids Edition
Kids these days have a pretty good grasp of gadgets. But they often spend too much time playing games or watching videos on the tablet they have at their disposal. With the Kids Edition Kindle, that's not an issue. Reading is all it's for. It comes with 2 years of worry-free guarantee, meaning that if your kid throws it down the stairs, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked.
Acer Swift 3 14" Thin & Light laptop
The Acer Swift 3 offers an awesome balance between performance and size. At 14 inches, it's easy to carry around and light-weight, but at the same time, it's packing AMD's Ryzen 7 mobile processor, which can handle a lot with its 8 cores. It looks good too, no shame in pulling that laptop out of your backpack. Classes are bound to return to classrooms at some point, right?
Lenovo Flex 14 2-in-1 Convertible laptop
Lenovo also bets on AMD for the processor of the Flex 14 but goes for the slightly weaker Ryzen 5. That's still a very decent chip, but it's not what this laptop is all about. The Flex has a 360-degree hinge that allows you to use it in tablet mode. What's even better is that it comes with a pen that you can use to write notes, draw or do all sorts of other things. It's a useful feature for students and teachers alike.
Sony WHCH710N Noise Cancelling Headphones
Sony might be bad at naming products but it's one of the best manufacturers of headphones. These are far from the company's noise-cancelling flagship headphones but the price is far cheaper to match. You're still getting a reliable pair of cans, however, so if you were looking around to snag some, now is the time to pull the trigger.
Skullcandy Indy true wireless earbuds
Your kid wants to follow the trends and rock a pair of true wireless earbuds but you don't feel like spending $100+ for them? The Skullcandy Indy are trendy enough to satisfy your child's vanity and affordable enough so that you don't feel bad when one of the earbuds inevitably gets lost.