Here Are the Best Back-to-School (and Office) Sales to Shop Right Now

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Hit the hallways with new gear — from backpacks to tablets — at up to 50 percent off.

Back-to-school season is officially upon us. With millions of students heading back to classrooms and college campuses after an unprecedented Zoom school year, the need for new back-to-school supplies and gear is top of mind. But there’s no reason to pay full price to upgrade your essentials. From new backpacks to rainboots to tablets, many retailers are offering massive back-to-school sales for all the must-have supplies. 

From 50 percent off stylish leather accessories (that will last) from Coach to free Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro wireless headphones that retail for almost $170 with the purchase of a new tablet, there are so many back-to-school deals that should not be missed. For less than $5, you can even purchase a 5-pack of pretty, pastel-colored face masks from Athleta and then get 20 percent off brand-new leggings. And, let’s face it, what pairs better with fall than cozying up in comfy athleisure wear and an oversized flannel while you’re sipping on pumpkin spice-flavored anything?

And honestly, after such a difficult school year in 2020 — when living rooms became classrooms and dining tables became desks — maybe this is your way to celebrate your kids or college-aged students for getting through such a tough time. Thankfully, whatever you pick doesn’t have to be full price.

Plus, a lot of adults will be going back to the office this fall and, after a year of working from home, will need new work clothing and gear. Many of these sales feature great back-to-work deals and products perfect for the office. So, while you’re shopping for your kid, stock up on a few staples for yourself to kick off the new school year.

We scoured all the top back-to-school and office retailers — from Macy’s to JCPenney to Walmart to J.Crew — for the best office and back-to-school sales for you to shop now. Plus, we selected our favorite picks from each sale so you can rest assured you or your child hits the hallways in style this fall. Shop the best of back-to-school sales below.

Macy’s Back-to-School Sale

Receive 60 percent off back-to-school gear, plus an additional 20 percent off with code SHOP through Aug. 15. 

Lyla Lunch Bag by Kipling

Back to School Lunch Box

Your (or your child’s) reusable water bottle will fit nicely into the long body of this cute and durable Kipling lunch bag. And don’t worry: It comes with the brand’s signature monkey keychain.

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JCPenney’s Back-to-School Sale

Get 25 percent off beloved Adidas backpacks until Sept. 1. Plus, you can also score up to 40 percent off kids’ shoes, clothes, and accessories.

Squad Backpack by Adidas

Young BTS Creator 2 Backpack adidas

The pandemic had us in a tie-dye tizzy, but it’s safe to say the trendy pattern is here to stay. Your child’s backpack will stand out in the sea of black bags with this whimsical version by Adidas.

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Walmart’s Back-to-School Sale

Scour Walmart’s site for tons of back-to-school steals and deals. From under $1 specials to half-off select laptops — they’ve got something for everyone.

QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones II by Bose

QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones II by Bose

Sometimes you just need to cancel out the noise from a loud colleague or roommate. For those moments, Bose noise canceling headphones are your best friend. And right now, they’re $50 off at Walmart.

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Kohl’s Back-to-School Sale

Sign up for the Kohl’s rewards program for 20 percent off on back-to-school clothes and shoes with code BTS20.

Ward Women’s Skate Shoes by Vans

Ward Women's Skate Shoes by Vans®

Van’s sneakers are having a moment. This burgundy color is cool for fall, and will look stylish paired with anything from school uniforms to Gen Z’s favorite jeans.

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Apt2B’s Back-to-School Sale

Receive 17 percent off sitewide through Aug. 23

Flipping Out Clock by Cloudnola

Alarm Clock by Apt2b

Keep track of time in style with this design-forward table clock designed in Amsterdam.

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Saks’ Back-to-School Sale

The fashion retailer is offering up to $300 off your total order through Aug. 14.

Large Manhattan Houndstooth Tote by Kate Spade

Work Tote by Kate Spade

Lug your laptop. books, and lunch around in a fun Houndstooth-printed tote by Kate Spade. The classic black and white print is neutral enough to pair well with almost any outfit.

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Backcountry’s Back-to-School Sale

Outdoor gear retail giant Backcountry is offering up to 50 percent off popular brands like Patagonia and Arc’Teryx until Aug. 29.

Organic Cotton Quilt Full-Zip Hoodie by Patagonia

Organic Cotton Quilt Full-Zip Hoodie by Patagonia

Stay warm on cooler mornings in this quilted Patagonia fleece made from organic cotton. Wear it open on warmer days, or pull up the hoodie to keep your face and head toasty.

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Target’s Back-to-School Sale

If your college-aged student signs up for Target’s Circle rewards program, they’ll get 15 percent off an order. Plus, until Aug. 21, they’ll also get $10 off every $40 spent on household items like paper towels and toilet paper.

2TB One Touch Slim Portable External Hard Drive by Seagate

Downloading large PDFs, multimedia presentations, and movies takes up a lot of storage on any laptop. Ensure their computer doesn’t crash before class or yours before a big meeting by saving those large files onto a portable external hard drive. This pastel pink version will be easy to spot in your tote bag and it’s currently $20 off at Target.

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Apple’s Back-to-School Sale

For Apple’s back-to-school sale, buy select Mac and iPad models with education pricing and get AirPods with your purchase! You can also get 20 percent off AppleCare.

MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air is slim and sleek enough to impress any student but powerful enough to support serious work.

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Cloud Paper’s Back-to-School Sale

Cloud Paper is offering ten percent off all subscription purchases for new customers with the code BTS.

Tree-free Toilet Paper Box

Make last-minute toilet paper store runs a thing of the past. Get 24 toilet paper rolls (made from eco-friendly bamboo) delivered straight to your apartment, office, or home on a recurring basis with Cloud Paper’s delivery subscription service.

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Coach’s Back-to-School Sale

Coach — the iconic go-to for leather goods — is offering up to 50 percent off on bags, apparel, and shoes, plus free shipping with code FREESHIP at checkout until Sept. 5.

Apple Watch Strap by Coach

Apple Watch Strap by Coach

Who says your smart watch has to be sporty? This leather watch strap designed for the Apple Watch is a simple switch that will help elevate your day-to-day look.

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Samsung’s Back-to-School Sale

Snag a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro (valued at $169) with the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 or 7+.

Galaxy Tab S7 by Samsung

If you’re in the market for a sleek, new tablet, now is the time to buy Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 or S+. You’ll get a pair of wireless bluetooth headphones with your purchase, and save over $120.

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J.Crew’s Back-to-School Sale

Students (and teachers, too!) can score 15 percent off their total online order.

Tall Lug-Sole Rainboots by J.Crew

Tall Lug-Sole Rainboots by J.Crew

Brighten up rainy mornings with a pair of heavy-duty (and cute) rainboots by J.Crew. The lug-soles make splashing in the rain a fun activity.

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Athleta’s Back-to-School Sale

Receive 20 percent off a regular-priced purchase item with a mask purchase. Bonus: this 5-pack is on sale for less than $5!

Everyday Non Medical Face Masks Five Pack by Athleta

Stash a few of these reusable face masks in your backpack, car, or locker for days when you want to say something, without saying it. A few are printed with inspirational words like, ‘love,’ ‘peace,’ and ‘kindness’ — and we could all use those as daily reminders to stay positive.

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