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Get the Best Back to School Deals

Back to school sales abound—do you know where to get the best buys?

Back to school sales are on. Don’t wait too long or supplies will be gone and you'll miss the best deals!

Patch wants to make your shopping trips quick and easy with our list of the best deals on most popular items. Saving is simple when you know where to get the most for your money.

As always, check with merchants regarding details and remember to keep us posted if you find great deals when you are out and about.

LAPTOPS

Target is offering their lowest price ever on a Gateway 15.6 notebook for $249.99 and the deal is good through Jan. 31, 2013. As an added bonus, if you buy this Windows 7 PC, you can buy Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.

Save more than $140 at Best Buy when you purchase their Laptop Essentials Bundle for $359.99, which includes an HP G Series laptop, 8 GB flash drive, mouse, laptop sleeve and one year of anti-virus software. This offer is good through Aug. 11.

At Staples, students will get a $100 Visa prepaid card when a select laptop is purchased. Must show a student ID to receive card. This offer is good through Aug. 11.

Radio Shack has the Acer 11.6 Laptop with AMD Dual-Core Processor C60 on sale now for $279.99. Radio Shack is also offering no interest on purchases above $300 if paid within 12 months and a $50 gift card on purchases over $300 with you pay with a Shack Card.

CALCULATORS

Calculate your savings at Target with a $90 Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator preloaded with Cliffs Notes. Offer good while supplies last. Trade in your gently used graphing calculator and save up to $50. See store for details.

BACKPACKS

Toys 'R Us is giving out free lunch kits, valued at $9.99, for each backpack purchased. Backpack prices range from $12.99 to $109.99, so you're sure to find something to fit your budget. Check with merchant to see how long they will be running this special.

At Walgreens, buy one backpack or tote at $10.99 and get one free through Aug. 11.

Children’s Place has backpacks on sale for $11.99 online. See website for more details.

UNIFORMS

Old Navy has uniform polos on sale for $5 and khakis for $10 online and in stores through Aug. 15 while supplies last.

BINDERS

Staples recycles and you save $2 instantly for each old binder you bring in to be recycled. If that’s not incentive enough, they’ve also got a deal going on that can’t be topped if you need more than one binder. Purchase two 1-inch binders for $13, two 1.5-inch binders for $15 and two 2-inch binders for $17.

COMPOSITION BOOKS

Office Max tops the charts for best deal on composition books—they are free with a $5 purchase. Staples poly cover composition books are on sale for 50¢, six per customer in store while supplies last, valid through Sept. 15.  Walmart's composition books are also on sale for 50¢ through Aug. 11. comes in third for best prices with composition books at 59¢ each.

PENS/PENCILS

$3 for 24 Ticonderoga #2 pencils at Target now through Aug. 11.

$1 for Paper Mate retractable ballpoint rens at Office Max through Aug. 11.

50¢ for a five-pack of Paper Mate mechanical pencils at Staples and 25¢ for two Bic gel pens in black. Offer good through Aug. 11.

TISSUES

Wegman's Club Pack of tissues includes 10 boxes for only $7.99, less than a dollar a box. You will have enough to donate to school and keep your home stocked up.

BASIC SUPPLIES

Only have spare change to spend?

Staples has filler paper only 1¢ with a $5 minimum purchase until Aug. 11, and Scholastic school glue is only 1¢ at Office Max through Aug. 11. Office Max also has binder rulers for only 5¢ and Schoolio poly binders and one-subject notebooks for 25¢ each through Aug. 11. At Toys 'R Us, buy one Crayola product and get one free. Target has many items on sale for only $1 including Sharpie highlighters, permanent markets, sticky notes and RoseArt crayons. Colored pencils are just 49¢ at Target through Aug. 11.

 

In addition to the deals listed above, here are a few other back to school tips you don’t want to miss:

  • Starting on Monday, Aug. 13, buy more than $100 worth of merchandise at the Moorestown Mall and receive a pack of free school supplies including pencils, two-file folders, a notebook and a drawstring tote. Limit is three per customer per day while supplies last.
  • JC Penney is giving away free haircuts to all kids in grades kindergarten through sixth throughout August. Call 855-JCP-KIDS or stop by the JC Penney Salon for details and make your appointment. 
  • Dell’s "Buy a PC, Get an Xbox" deal is going on again this summer. See website for details and dates. Apple is offering a $100 Apple gift card to students purchasing qualifying Macs through Sept. 21, 2012. Be sure to check websites for details.
  • Don't forget to check your own inventory before heading out to shop. Keep an open mind when shopping—some of the best deals might be found at local grocery and drug stores.

Shop smart and let us know what kind of deals you find while getting ready for the new school year.

Val August 08, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I highly recommend getting backpacks from LL Bean. Yes, they might cost more up front but they last much longer. I used to have to buy a new replacement bag in the middle of the school year because they would fall apart. But my son used his LL Bean bag for up to two years and really only replaced it because he needed a larger style. Plus LL Bean bags are guaranteed! I wish I had known this years ago. Would have saved me a lot of money.
Jeanne August 08, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Totally agree with Val. My son had the same LL Bean backpack from 5th grade til 11th grade. We only replaced it because he needed a larger one (which we got from LL Bean, of course).
Alison Perry August 08, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The same can be said for LL Bean and Lands End lunch boxes...they wear like they're made out of iron and can be used for mulitple school years.

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