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Back-to-School Sales 2018

Summer is drawing to the end but brings with it the start of back-to-school season. Well, some brands have begun offering great deals early in advance, like Adidas with their 30% off sale items on July 2. But don’t despair, there will be tons of other great deals not to be missed. So here is what to be looking for during back-to-school sales 2018.

School Supplies For Less Than $1

To get things like pens, pencils, markers, and notebooks at the best price possible (for less than $1) make sure you pick them up in store. For example, this year Walmart is offering Cra-Z-Art 12-count Colored Pencils for only 50 cents, pen+gear one-subject, 70-sheet notebook for 25 cents, pen+gear composition notebooks for just 88 cents, Norcom 150 sheets college-ruled filler paper for 82 cents, Cra-Z-Art 12-count Colored Pencils for 50 cents, and more.

School Supplies For Less Than $1

Office Depot and Office Max also has great deals. Shoppers can snag Office Depot brand pocket paper folders for $1.50 and Office Depot brand 10-count tinted black ballpoint pens for $1.  

This year Target features plenty of stuff for about $1. The best Target deals include Crayola 24-count crayons for 50 cents, Crayola 10-count broad markers for 99 cents, Crayola 12-count colored pencils or fine-line colored markers for 99 cents and school supply box for 99 cents.

Among the best Staples deals are: Staples 1 subject, college-ruled notebook for 75 cents, Staples 120-sheet filler paper for 99 cents, Staples 100-sheet composition book for 50 cents, Staples 12-count No. 2 gripped mechanical pencils for $1.79 and Staples 12-count No. 2 wood pencils for 75 cents.

Save Up to 80% on Backpacks

Last year many retailers offered up to 60-80% off select backpacks and this year is not an exception. You can find solid backpack sales at Staples. For example, you can get Wonder Woman, My Little Pony and DC Comics Batman backpack for $19.99. In addition, the retailer is offering 20 percent off school supplies when you purchase a backpack through Saturday, Aug. 4.

Other stores are worth checking as well. Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering DSG Youth Adventure Backpack for $9.99 and Adidas Youth Young Creator Backpack for $40. Plus there is free shipping on orders of $49 and a price match guarantee.

At Target you can get Cat & Jack Backpacks for just $14.99. Office Depot is a good place to shop for backpacks too. In fact, the retailer offers 25 % off all backpacks and lunch kits. We also like Office Depot JanSport SuperBreak backpack in black for $40.94 and Trailmaker 6-In-1 Backpack Set with water bottle, lunch box and separate zipper pouch for $14.99. It should be noted that Office Depot offers a price match for such brands as Puma, Columbia and Thule through Saturday, Aug. 26.

Huge Discounts on Clearance Kids’ Clothes

School clothing is not cheap so it is always so nice to be able to save when you have a chance. Back-to-school sales is an excellent opportunity to save on clothing for your kids. Make sure you check the clearance section in stores like Gymboree, The Children’s Place, Target, Old Navy, to name just the few. Last year these stores offered generous discounts on their clearance items.  

Great Deals on Shoes

Kids grow fast and they seem to constantly need new footwear. Back-to-school sales is the best time of the year to stock up.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is taking 50 % off Nike footwear and 15 percent off footwear priced at $69.99 or more. Also the store features Adidas Neo Kids’ Preschool Lite Racer Shoes for girls: $28.97 (normally $54.99) and Skechers Kids’ Preschool Equalizer Running Shoes for boys: $39.99 (normally $59.99). Not bad, right?

If you’re looking for only children’s shoes, you may also find great deals at OshKosh B’Gosh, Clarks and Carter’s this year.

Take Hundreds Off Back-to-School Laptops

Senior students who need a new laptop should keep an eye out for great deals on laptops during this back-to-school season.  

We recommend checking out Apple because you can get free Beats headphones with the purchase of a new Mac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

Walmart has excellent sales on computers too. Currently the retailer is offering HP Pavillion x360 2-in-1 laptop with 15.6-inch FHD touchscreen, Windows 10, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive and Active Pen for just $499.

 

It’s a Suitable Moment to Buy a Tablet

If you can’t wait till Black Friday to get your new iPad, now is the right time to do it. Last summer more than 30% of the iPad deals were Editors’ Choice picks, with most of them for the newest iPad and iPad Pro. Some of the best deals currently available include Apple iPad 5th generation for $349 at Jet and free Beats headphones with the purchase of a new iPad Pro at Apple Store.

The best black Friday Target deals to shop

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Target has already kicked off its deals leading up to the black Friday sales event. The mega-retailers 10 days of sales is underway and Target has released a 38 page Black Friday ad preview, which is loaded with lots of exclusive offers.

Your best bet might be to head for the electronic section. Forbes listed Target for its iPad Pro 9.7 inch offering at $150 off its asking price. You have 38 pages of ads to peruse but here are some of the top deals.

  1. Samsung 55 inch 4K motion rate 120 curved smart ultra HD TV. Its price is $697.99, $402 off the original price plus a $470 target gift card.
  2. Target is offering 25% off all Apple TV products.
  3. Nikon D3400 bundle will be marked at $499.99 saving $500 off the original price. The bundle includes a D SLR camera, 18-55 mm lens and a 70-300 mm zoom lens and Bluetooth.
  4. Beats solo 2 wireless headphones are marked at hundred and $19.99 saving shoppers $180.
  5. Samsung Galaxy tab A 7 inch 8 GB tablets are marked $99.99.
  6. Samsung smart phones will be available for 50 to 65% off. These include the Verizon Samsung J1, boost Samsung prevail, the AT&T go phone Samsung express prime, the cricket Samsung Sol and the Tracfone Samsung Luna models.
  7. Select Xbox games on sale for $15 each.
  8. Select popular 2016 films on DVD are available for four dollars each.
  9. Select language software and books are 50% off.
  10. For kid’s toys, select Star Wars figurines or Disney Princess toys for half the price.
  11. For the Lego lover, select Lego sets will be available for 40% off.
  12. For men and women’s jeans shoppers can get 30% off.
  13. Black Friday is a great opportunity to stock up on Christmas or holiday decorations for the season. If you spend hundred dollars on the core you will save $50.
  14. Fieldcrest bedding will all be 40% off.
  15. Keurig K50 single serve Brewer is available for $79.99 and shoppers will receive a $15 target gift card.

The Best Laptops for School in 2016

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Back to school season is an excellent opportunity to invest in advanced technologies. If you are still using a bulky computer or need to upgrade your old laptop now is the best time to purchase a sleek and powerful notebook without breaking a bank. Below you will find reviews of the top ranking laptops for high school and college students. The list includes models for all budgets, ranging from power-sipping and inexpensive Chromebooks for students specializing in liberal arts to powerful laptops for those who major in design or animation coursework.

Asus Zenbook UX305

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core m3 – Core m5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 – 5300 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

This is the cheapest of excellent Ultrabooks you can find now. Incredibly thin and light, this general use laptop guarantees solid performance. Despite its wonky video driver and tinny speakers, it comes with an attractive package, making it the best deal ever.

HP Chromebook 14

CPU: 6th generation Intel Celeron | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB eMMC

A well balanced Chromebook, with excellent keyboard and trackpad, the HP Chromebook 14 is speedy and responsive. It has crisp, vivid screen and comes with a funky blue case. It is not the most powerful and the battery life is average, but it is perfect for classwork or home use for high school students. It would also be great for college students pursuing degrees in liberal arts. This surprisingly affordable laptop is simple to maintain, but works great with practically every major app and service needed.

13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

CPU: 5th generation Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6100 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen:13.3-inch WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Even though this laptop is small it is very fast and comes with Retina Display, making it the best choice for those who need portable but powerful notebook. Among other advantages of this light weight model is long battery life and high resolution display.

Acer Chromebook 15

CPU: 5th generation Intel Celeron – Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 16GB – 32GB SSD

If you think that every Chromebook available for sale has to be less than 14 inches, you are wrong. The Acer Chrombook 15 features not only a 15.6-inch screen, but it also contains powerful processors, making it the real colossus of Chromebooks. In addition to fast processing speed it boasts long battery life. Some customers may find the keyboard a little bit awkward but now the Acer Chromebook 15 is offered for sale at a considerably cheaper price than when originally released, so it makes a great deal anyway.

13-inch MacBook Air

CPU: 5th generation Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8GB | Screen:13.3-inch WXGA+ (1,440 x 900) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Though it lacks Apple’s Retina display, the MacBook Air has a fantastic 12-hour battery life and a dual-core, Broadwell processor.  In addition, if you don’t like the 12-inch MacBook’s low-travel butterfly keys, then MacBook Air is your best choice as it features a more traditional chiclet-style keyboard.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2GB – 4GB) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 500GB HDD – 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD

This excellent gaming laptop looks great and its price tag will please you even more. The 15-inch laptop boasts long battery life and a system that will enable you to accomplish a wide range of tasks from writing essays to making cartoons. What you may not like is that it is rather heavy, gets hot and has inconvenient trackpad buttons.

Dell XPS 13

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD

Definitely a revolution in laptop design, the lightweight Dell XPS features a high-resolution screen combined with serious processing power. With a 13-inch display fitted into an 11-inch body, this laptop ensures strong performance, being a worthy competitor to aluminum laptop line ideal for any school assignment. The Dell XPS 13 is the great example of a general use laptop worth buying. Probably its only drawback is average battery life.

HP Pavilion x2

CPU: Intel Atom Z8300 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 10.1-inch WXGA (1,280 x 800) | Storage: 32GB eMMC

It’s unbelievable but the best Windows 10 convertible is absurdly affordable. The HP Pavilion x2 is a great Windows 10 device ideal both for streaming Netflix and basic computing tasks like taking notes in the classroom. Lightweight, with roaring speakers and long battery life, it is a tablet and a laptop in one easily covering the basics. The only thing you might want to upgrade is its limited storage and memory.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core m3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 – Iris Graphics | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch PixelSense (2,736 x 1,824) | Storage: 128GB – 1TB SSD

If you think that a tablet can never become a worthy replacement of a laptop you are wrong. This one with higher resolution screen, a thinner attractive design and Intel’s more powerful Skylake processors that support Windows 10 can easily perform like an ordinary laptop. Unfortunately, the Type Cover keyboard should be purchased separately.

LG gram 15

CPU: 6th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 15.6-inch UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB SSD

If we compare it with a MacBook Air, the LG Ggam 15 is thinner and lighter. Of course, if you’ve got used to using a MacBook, you might be disappointed with the color options, but the thin-and-light design of the LG Ggam 15 is just fantastic, as well as practically everything else in it. With a 15.6-inch display, Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, four USB ports, including one Type-C and a microSD card reader the LG gram 15 is probably one of the best laptops you can buy at the average price point.

How to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right Now

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Of course, now when summer vacation is at its peak very few parents think about purchasing back-to-school supplies. But with thorough planning right now, you will manage to enjoy considerable savings. As there is no need to buy what you need in a hurry you can use time to your advantage. In other words, you can make purchases when the price is the lowest, but not at full price just to cross them off your shopping list. The strategies below will help you save on everything from pens to a new tablet or laptop.

  1. Check Your Kid’s Backpack First

Before you start making your back-to-school shopping list make sure you get your child’s backpack and check what is inside. You’ll be surprised how many items can still be used so you won’t have to buy glue sticks, erasers, staplers, or whatever is left in a pretty good condition in the backpack.

  1. Set Price Alerts on Expensive Items

If you would like to purchase a new laptop or other expensive tech gadget, consider setting up price alerts. This will help you not miss the best price on the products you need.

  1. Avoid Buying All Supplies from One Store

The worst thing you can do is to walk into a single store and buy all the things that are on your shopping list there. First, find out what deals on back-to-school supplies each store is offering and then plan your purchases accordingly. With plenty of time available to you to search for the best deals, you can easily buy items as they are on sale. For example, you can stock up on paper and pencils at Wal-Mart, but then purchase the backpack on sale at Target.

  1. Check out Office Supply Stores

Last year, the best deals on back-to-school supplies were offered not by the stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart, but by office supply stores, such as Staples, OfficeMax, and Office Depot. There you could find such incredible deals as one-cent pencils, five-cent erasers and glue sticks, 10-cent folders, and much more. But keep in mind that most office supply stores may have a limited supply, so once you spot a great deal don’t linger and buy it now.

  1. Price-Match Sold Out Items

When you visit a store and find out that they’ve sold all of their heavily discounted school supplies, don’t get upset. Show their sales flyer at Wal-Mart or Target and these stores will price match if they carry the same brand, of course. Or you may visit Wal-Mart or Target first, but make sure you fetch the sales fliers of the office supply stores to match their prices. Remember that when you price match it is not important whether the item you are interested in is actually sold out or not. Using this strategy you can shop at one store and enjoy the best deals on school supplies.

  1. Skip Cartoon Characters

You have probably noticed that back-to-school supplies like backpacks, lunch bags, binders and many others adorned with cute cartoon characters cost about 20%-30% more expensive than similar items without characters depicted on them. But there is a cheap solution to the problem. You can buy some stickers and get your kid decorate the item himself.

  1. Leave the Kids at Home

If you bring along your kids to do the shopping it would be difficult to resist the temptation of purchasing expensive Disney backpack. The chances are that you will be distracted from sticking to your shopping list. Of course, getting kids involved in back-to-school shopping adds the right doze of excitement about the upcoming school year. A great way to make kids long for coming back to school is to get them involved in the sorting and organizing of all the school supplies you have bought.

  1. Look for Tech Deals Online

There are three excellent online sources of tech gadgets that should definitely be bookmarked. All three offer tech items at prices far below retail.

Dell University: If you buy a new computer or laptop online make sure you check out Dell University that offers terrific deals exclusively for students. To qualify for the discount just register for the free Dell Advantage program.

Apple Education Pricing: When purchasing an Apple computer, it would be a good idea to check out their Educational Pricing page. By doing this you can save up to 25% off a new MacBook or iMac.

Best Buy College Student Deals: After creating a Best Buy account, you become eligible for exclusive college student deals on computers, small appliances, and accessories.