If you think back-to-school sales are only for parents and students, you're missing out! Look past the brightly colored kid stuff, and you'll find deep discounts on products anyone can use.
It isn't all zebra print extra-long twin comforters; we've seen deals on everything from electronics to office supplies to paper towels. Read on for the top four product categories that'll convince you to shop 2017 back-to-school sales.
Electronics See Steep Discounts
While you may get a better discount on electronics during Black Friday, there are deals to be had on three specific types of electronics during back-to-school season.
Office supply stores, big-box stores, and online retailers typically run sales on laptops as part of their back-to-school events. Expect to see basic, 15"-or-smaller builds, as opposed to top-of-the-line gaming machines. Last summer, we saw plenty of laptops for less than $200, and 25% of those offers were Editors' Choice. Look for deals coming from Amazon, Best Buy, and Dell.
Printers are also a common sale item during the back-to-school season, especially at office supply stores. Last year, Canon offered a $250 rebate on a selection of its inkjet printers.
Don't look for any savings at Apple, though. "Students at the Apple Store can get a pair of Beats Solo3 headphones, Powerbeats3 or BeatsX bundled with Macs and iPad Pro purchases," according to 9to5Mac. "This is in addition to the usual Apple Store education discount." Sadly, that leaves everyone else out of luck.
You Can Stock Up on Office Necessities
You probably don't need many Crayola products (though this might be a good time to stock up on multicolored gel pens for your adult coloring books). Still, back-to-school season offers killer deals on those office supplies you do use.
This seems to be the time of year to stock up on pens. Last year, Office Depot and Office Max offered a Bic 60-pack for $2. And we saw three pounds of misprinted pens (about 171) pop up several times for around $12. But generally speaking, you'll want to skip buying any smaller office supplies online. The added cost of shipping will likely knock out the discount you'd get.
Cleaning Supplies Are Dirt Cheap
It's also a good time to stock up on household goods. Drugstores, big-box stores, and office supply stores have dozens of "filler offers" (read: smaller items used to polish off a weekly circular) every week during the back-to-school season. But you can also find deals on hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels, and other items targeted toward college freshmen heading for the dorm. Last year, Target offered $15 off $50 worth of household supplies.
Clothing Sales Aren't Just for Kids
While most sales are geared toward school-age children, many clothing retailers offer storewide sales during the season. Last year, Kmart gave shoppers Shop Your Way reward points equal to the amount they spent up to $25, and Kohl's, Macy's, and Sierra Trading Post had similar incentives (on top of other discounts) that weren't limited to kids' clothing. Meanwhile, Original Penguin offered an extra 10% off items already discounted by up to 40%.
Shoe retailers also host sitewide sales that include adult sizes. Expect deals on end-of-the-season sandals and athletic shoes, as well as a smattering of discounts for buying multiple pairs. Last year Reebok and Shoe Carnival offered buy one, get one half off deals on many items.
If you're planning to stock up big, don't forget tax-free weekends. The shopping holidays vary by state, but can mean big savings on clothes and other supplies.
Readers, what are your favorite items to buy during back-to-school sales? Are there any specific stores you frequent? Let us know in the comments below!