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.