This year’s back-to-school sales will delight any adult who loves saving –and in 2022, plan to save hundreds with many of these deals. Everything from school supplies to laptops, Apple deals, and office items for anyone headed back to school (from pre-school to graduate school) seems to be on sale.
We rounded up top deals on kid’s apparel, dorm room mainstays, tremendous tech savings, and teaching supplies, and Walmart tops the list with 75% off most essential school items with the Apple student sale at the top of our list as well.
1. Walmart Has up to 75% on Back-to-School Essentials for All Ages
It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping for a preschooler, your PhD program, or your own classroom — Walmart’s inventory of affordable back-to-school essentials caters to learners of every age. Shop Walmart’s back-to-school sale now through September 30th and save up to 75% on school supplies, student-friendly tech, kid’s apparel, and more.
Many K-12 schools share their class supply lists with Walmart — enter your school’s city or zip code to find yours at the top of this page. If you’re a teacher, it only takes a moment to create your classroom registry and share wishlist items with parents and students.
If you’re on a tight budget, Walmart’s got you covered — over 100 commonly requested supply list staples are on sale for $1 or less:
- Post-it® Super Sticky Notes — Sale Price: $1 | Reg. Price: $1.53
- Crayola® Fine Line Marker Set (10ct) — Sale Price: $0.97 | Reg. Price: $2.44
- BIC® Crystal Xtra Smooth Stic Ball Pen, 1.0mm (10 ct) — Sale Price: $0.97 | Reg. Price: $1.88
- Pen+Gear Composition Book, Wide Ruled, 100 Pages — Sale Price: $0.50 | Reg. Price: $0.97
- Pen+Gear Two Pocket Paper Folder — Sale Price: $0.15 | Reg. Price: $0.24
As if the deals weren’t already exciting, Walmart’s lunchbox selection is pretty stylish! Licensed characters from Marvel and Disney®, bento-style compartments, and reusable silicone components are especially popular this year. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Arctic Zone Reusable Lunch Box Combo Kit With Accessories — Sale Price: $9.96 | Reg. Price: $11.96
- Bentgo® Kids Snack Bento-Style Food Storage — Sale Price: $17.99 | Reg. Price: $22.99
- Spiderman Lunch Bag — Sale Price: $17.77 | Reg. Price: $19.99
- Firefly! Outdoor Gear Youth Insulated Lunch Box — Sale Price: $12.97 | Reg. Price: $18.14
- HKEEY Insulated Dual Compartment Lunch Bag — Sale Price: $13.99 | Reg. Price: $29.99
Shop Tech by Grade at Walmart
Not only does Walmart offer some of the best deals daily on tech for students of all ages with its Rollback prices, but shopping for school has never been easier when you can shop tech by grade. But act fast before the deals end on September 30.
More favorite tech deals we love from Walmart’s current Back-to-School sales:
- Kid’s headphones start at just $11.99
- Kid-friendly tablets and learning tablets from $49.88
- Student laptops start at just $98
Shop Often at Walmart? Save Even More
If you’re not quite ready to commit, you can always sign up for a free 30-day Walmart+ trial today and start racking up those back-to-school savings.
Walmart+ members save extra on back-to-school shopping — and the perks won’t stop when school starts. For $12.95/month or $98/year, members receive free local store delivery, no minimum to qualify for free shipping, scan-and-go shopping in-store, and exclusive access to Walmart+ promotions and events.
2. Apple Student Discounts for ALL and Rare MacBook and iPad Sale
Apple is infamous for its premium pricing and sparse sale schedule. Still, there is one simple trick for saving at Apple: students, their parents, and educators all qualify for Apple’s education discount. Most discounts top out around $100 off, but $100 saved is $100 earned! As long as you meet any of the criteria, you’ll score modest savings on Macs and iPads, along with a few extra perks.
With Purchase: Up to $150 Apple GiftCard, 20% off AppleCare, and Free Apple TV
Let’s cut straight to the best Apple deal of the back-to-school shopping season: When you purchase an eligible MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or iPad, you’ll also receive an Apple giftcard ($150 for computers, $100 for iPads) and a 20% discount on AppleCare+ coverage for your new device.
- MacBook Air With M1 Chip — Sale Price: From $899 | Reg. Price: From $999
- MacBook Pro — Sale Price: From $1,199 | Reg. Price: From $1,299
- iMac — Sale Price: From $1,249 | Reg. Price: From $1,299
- iPad Air — Sale Price: From $549 | Reg. Price: From $599
- iPad Pro — Sale Price: From $749 | Reg. Price: From $799
Apple’s education pricing isn’t limited to devices, either. Once you’ve shopped using student status, don’t forget to claim these additional Apple perks:
- 20% off AppleCare+ Device Coverage
- 3% Daily Cashback With Your Apple Card, 0% APR
- Free Apple TV+ With Your Apple Music Student Plan
Apple Hack: Can Everyone Access Student Discounts in 2022?
A recent hack circulating among serious deal hunters this year is that Apple is no longer requesting student verification or a college or university email, which means more people (not just students) could benefit from these rare Apple promos in 2022. After all, aren’t we all “students of life?”
3. Chromebooks as Low as $99 and up to $300 off Select Laptops at Best Buy
There’s no shortage of alluring late-summer laptop deals available. Luckily, Best Buy entered back-to-school season ready to compete. The best device deals don’t last long, so it’s worth checking the Best Buy website (or Slickdeals!) for new promotions over the next few weeks.
As of today, you can get an 11.6″ Lenovo Chromebook 3 for just $99 (regularly $139).
Chromebooks are student-friendly in more ways than one. The ChromeOS operating system is a simple and accessible interface suited for all ages, a college student can probably afford one, and you don’t have much to lose if (or when) your second grader spills something on it.
If your studies require a machine capable of running more memory-intensive applications — such as Photoshop, a 3D modeling engine, or whatever else isn’t available in the Chrome Web Store — you can save up to $300 on select touch-screen laptops as well.
4. Target Offers Extra 20% Savings for College Students and Dorm Room Deals
This year, Target is offering extra benefits for collegiate Target Circle™ Rewards members: Through September 3rd, registered Circle Rewards members with a valid .edu email address receive a 20% discount on a single purchase. If you strategically deploy this limited-time offer with other Circle BOGO deals and percent-off discounts, you can stack some serious back-to-school savings.
Make the most of your 20% Circle Rewards discount by checking out Target’s college shop. You can shop thousands of dorm essentials for under $20, with especially deep discounts on in-house Target brands like up & up™, Goodfellow & Co™, Brightroom™, Room Essentials™, heyday™, and Good & Gather™.
- heyday USB-C to USB-A Round Cable — Sale Price: $4.99 | Reg. Price: $9.99
- heyday Clip-On Conference Ring Light – Stone White — Sale Price: $17.49 | Reg. Price: $24.99
- Room Essentials 14oz Travel Coffee Mug — Sale Price: $3.50 | Reg. Price: $5
- Room Essentials 37oz Plastic Cereal Bowl — Sale Price: $0.50 | Reg. Price: $0.75
- Room Essentials Everyday Bath Towel — Reg. Price: $5
Circle Rewards is free to join, and it only takes a moment to sign up and save on dorm decor, clothing storage, bedding, and other college lifestyle essentials.
On top of these savings, you can earn cashback shopping at Target and more of your favorite stores with the Slickdeals browser extension which automatically applies promo codes as you shop.
Everyone loves shopping for a new dorm or apartment, but let’s face it, you need to put it all away sooner or later. Take advantage of Target’s dorm storage deals:
- Brightroom Medium 3-Drawer Cart – Gray — Sale Price: $14 | Reg. Price: $16
- Room Essentials Flexible Laundry Hamper — Sale Price: $6 | Reg. Price: $8
- Room Essentials 11″ Fabric Cube Storage Bin — Sale Price: $3.75 | Reg. Price: $5
- Room Essentials 10 Shelf Hanging Shoe Storage Organizer — Reg. Price: $10
- Room Essentials 18pk Plastic Hangers — Reg. Price: $3
Sleep is a precious commodity at college. While we can’t help with your coursework or loud roommates, we can help you save on a cozy new comforter or a plush mattress topper.
- Room Essentials Solid Plush Blanket – Twin XL — Sale Price: $12 | Reg. Price: $15
- Made by Design™ 1.5″ Reversible Wave Memory Foam Mattress Topper – Twin XL — Sale Price: $25 | Reg. Price: $30
- Room Essentials Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter – Twin XL — Sale Price: $15 | Reg. Price: $20
- DOWNLITE Medium Density EnviroLoft Down Alternative Pillow — Sale Price: $36 | Reg. Price: $70
- Room Essentials Easy Care Printed Pattern Sheet Set – Twin XL — Reg. Price: $25
5. Parents: Stack Savings with Macy’s Codes and 70% off Kids Clothes
There are plenty of reasons to choose Macy’s for all of your first-day fashion finds, but you’ll have a chance to show off your coupon-clipping prowess at Macy’s 2022 back-to-school sale. New offers are likely to appear throughout August, but it’s worth taking note of the following promotions before you start shopping. (Note: Some Macy’s sales cannot be combined.)
- Through 8/14: Use the promo code HOME to save 10% to 20% on select apparel, home goods, and more at the Big Home Sale
- Through 8/16: Spend $25 online and receive free shipping
- Through 10/31: Save 50% to 70% on Last Act styles
- Dates Vary/Ongoing: Save up to 70% on back-to-school kid’s apparel, shoes, and accessories
6. Teachers: Stock Up on Art Supplies with Michaels 20% off Code
Art supplies aren’t cheap, but you don’t have to go broke keeping your creative students outfitted with materials. Michaels offers plenty of back-to-school discounts on craft storage, colored pencils, acrylic paint, bulk canvases, and other arts and crafts fundamentals.
Through August 27th, you can use promo code 22MADEBYYOU during checkout and save 20% on your full-price purchase — online or in-store.
If you’re a classroom teacher or the parent of a prolific young artist, you’ll likely appreciate these discounted bulk buys:
- Sharpie® Fine Marker & Bonus Pen Set — Sale Price: $9.99 | Reg. Price: $17.99
- 2 Pack 9″x12″ Value Pack Canvas by Artist’s Loft® Necessities™ — Sale Price: $3.99 | Reg. Price: $7.99
- 100 Piece Kid’s Art Tote by Creatology™ — Sale Price: $9.99 | Reg. Price: $14.99
- 150 Piece Kid’s Art Case by Creatology — Sale Price: $19.99 | Reg. Price: $24.99
- Liquitex BASICS® Acrylic Color Set, 24 Count — Sale Price: $27.99 | Reg. Price: $39.99
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