Check out our favorite back-to-school deals to get you ready for a new year

Back-to-school deals
School is less than a month away, so it’s definitely time to start scoping out deals. Summer sales are the perfect way to stock up on dorm gear, study essentials, and other student-friendly gadgets ahead of the end-of-season retail rush. For the next few weeks, we’ll be regularly hunting down some of the best back-to-school deals so you’re not left scrambling at the last minute.

Study essentials

Back to school deals

From compact notebooks to Alexa-enabled smart hubs like the Echo Dot, modern tech provides myriad ways to help us work and study. Here are some great back-to-school deals on gadgets essential for studying, including some of our own favorites:

  • Apple Mac and Beats: Get a pair of Beats wireless headphones when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro for college. Apple also has education pricing available to eligible students.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8: A good phone can make all the difference, whether you’re studying on the go or keeping in contact with your study group. Save $150 off a Samsung Galaxy S8 and take off an additional $150 with select trade-ins.
  • Up to 30 percent off refurbished Apple products: Looking for the perfect Apple product without the Apple price? Get up to 30 percent off Apple certified refurbished products, along with a one-year warranty.
  • Samsung Chromebook: Chromebooks are affordable and lightweight laptops that are perfect for schoolwork. Many of them are quite small, but the 11.6-inch  Samsung Chromebook hits the sweet spot in both size and price. It’s just $169 after a $21 discount on Amazon.
  • Anker PowerCore 10,000mAh power bank: Power banks are must-have items when you’re frequently on the move, and Anker makes some of the best. The pocket-sized 10,000mAh PowerCore is perfect for everyday travels, and comes in at $26 for a savings of $24.

Dorm deals

Back to school deals

Whether you’re a university veteran or getting ready to experience the joys of campus living for the first time, we’ve picked out a handful of back-to-school deals on dorm essentials that will make it easy to settle into a new year of student life.

  • Certified refurbished Roku Premiere+: The Roku Premiere+ is our favorite streaming device, but if the $90 to $100 price tag for a new unit seems a little steep, you can score a refurbished one for just $60 and save up to 40 bucks.
  • Keurig K55 single-serve coffee maker: Have you overslept and don’t have time for the drip-maker or French press? The Keurig K55 single-serve coffee maker delivers a hot cup at the press of a button in about a minute. A $40 discount brings the K55 down to $80 on Amazon.
  • Holife handheld vacuum: We featured the awesome Holife hand vac in our recent vacuum cleaner roundup. It’s the perfect dorm room companion and a sweet deal, too. A 66 percent discount of $106 means you can snag the Holife handheld vacuum for just $54.
  • Cartman 39-piece tool kit: A good set of tools is an absolute necessity when you’re living on your own. This 39-piece tool kit from Cartman gives you just about everything you need for minor fixes and other small projects, and can be yours for $17 after a $13 savings.
  • Danby Microwave Oven: Cooking is hard, and if you don’t have the time or the know-how, things can get pretty ugly. Fortunately, there are microwaves to help you out. Pick up this modern cooking miracle for just $52 on Amazon after a $38 discount.

Just for fun

Back to school deals

Student life involves a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. When it’s time to kick back with some gaming or head outdoors to get some sun, these back-to-school deals on toys and other recreational gadgets are perfect for unwinding with your buds.


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