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Class is back in session! As students head back to school in the coming weeks, Walmart, Target and other retailers have been slashing prices on big-ticket and low-cost items in an effort to combat sales slumps brought on by inflation.
With a number of back-to-school sales circling the web, consumers have even more opportunities to shop and save. To help you get started school shopping, we put together a list of affordable items and back-to-school deals for students (and parents) on a budget. Below, find a roundup of backpacks, tablets, laptops, headphones, and other essentials to help you get back to school.
Under Armour’s Hustle 5.0 backpack is a best-seller on Amazon and currently with over 9,000 customer reviews (rated 4.8 out 5), plus it’s on sale for $40. The water-resistant bag is equipped with adjustable shoulder straps, nylon lining, a breathable air-mesh padded back panel and a soft lined laptop sleeve that holds up to a 15-inch laptop.
This lightweight, durable and water resistant backpack from Vaschy is perfect for school. The waterproof backpack, which measures 16.9 inches long, has a zipper closure and dual side pockets to carry water bottles and more. This backpack is available in over a dozen solid colors including aqua (pictured), black, white, gold, green, blue, burgundy, purple and prints such as roses, rockets, daisies and dinosaurs.
Jansport started as a small family business in 1967 and has since become one of the most popular backpack brands around. The Right Pack featured above is an update on a classic. It features the signature straight-cut/padded shoulder straps and suede bottom, a side water bottle pocket, a padded laptop sleeve designed to fit a 15-inch device and is available in 20 different colors. You can find Jansport and other backpacks on sale for up to 25% off at Kohl’s and WSS.
Columbia’s Advocate Backpack has earned thousands of positive customer reviews, namely for its durability and the stylish, all-over print design. The backpack feature adjustable straps, front and back zip pockets, and a laptop compartment.
The Jester backpack can stand alone. Endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, the bag is designed to stand up completely unsupported and features a huge main compartment, a 15-inch padded laptop sleeve, webbed side pockets, a key clip and plenty of storage room. See more backpacks from The North Face here.
This extra-large backpack received a 4.8 out of 5-star rating, with over 16,000 customer reviews. Perfect for school and travel, the large-capacity bag has three spacious compartments with hidden pockets, plus 20 independent pockets for large and small storage needs, an external USB port to charge your phone and other devices and conveniently placed side elastic net pockets to hold umbrellas, water bottles and more gear. You can fit school supplies, travel accessories, stationery, notebooks, cord organizer, clothes and more in this awesome bag.
This protective cover is made with durable materials to protect against dust, dirt and debris and scratches. The laptop cover is available in red, black, blue or pink and features a polyester foam padding layer with fluffy fleece fabric lining. Click here for more laptop bags and laptop covers.
Need a budget-friendly notebook? The Pritom M10 tablet is equipped with a 10-inch display screen (1280 x 800 IPS display), Wifi, dual cameras, 5000mAh battery, 32 GB of ROM, 2GB of RAM, a 32 bit Quad-core processor and the battery can last up to 12 hours. If you can afford to spend a little more, the Samsung Galaxy S7 tablet is $404 and this 10.9 Apple iPad is on sale for $549.99.
Logitech dropped an adorable collection of computer accessories, which includes this Line Friends wireless mouse featuring the character Cony. Aside from being available in six different colors, the mouse is ultra-quiet and tracks fast and accurately on most surfaces, making it great for school, gaming, work, etc. Click here for wireless keyboards and other computer accessories.
For a limited time, shoppers can save up to $190 off HP computers at Amazon. This HP Envy is a convertible laptop with a 15-6-inch display, high-definition screen and dual speakers with crisp audio courtesy of Bang & Olufsen. The laptop has a battery life of about 11 hours (fast charge the battery half way in just 30 minutes) and an AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processor with Radeon graphics. Find more laptop deals at Walmart.
Stay connected to the world you love with the Beats Flex earphones. These earbuds are available in yellow, blue, black and white, and feature 12 hours of battery life, with rich, powerful sound, accurate bass and low distortion. Magnetic earbuds make listening even easier with Auto-Play/Pause2 that plays music when they buds are in your ears and pauses when they’re connected around your neck. When you’re not wearing them, the magnetic earbuds easily coil up into your pocket or purse for easy, tangle-free storage.
Looking for a portable speaker? The Bose Soundlink Flex is a waterproof, Bluetooth speaker that’s packed with exclusive technologies and a custom-engineered transducer to provide deep, clear, and immersive audio whether you’re at home or on the go. You can buy the Bose Soundlink Flex in multiple colors including stone blue, white smoke, carmine red and black (the battery lasts for 12 hours). For a smaller speaker option, check out the Marshall Willen speaker ($119).
Every dorm room needs a mini fridge. If you’re into the retro look, this Kolatron portable mini-fridge is on sale for $45. Ideal as a personal cooler, the 2.3 QT fridge features a removable shelf and is designed to hold up to six, 12 ounce cans. Find more mini-fridge options here and here.
Bluelight blocking glasses protect your eyes from blue rays and high energy blue lights. They can also reduce eye strain, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches brought on by staring at your device for too long. The glasses are available in 12 different colors, including the transparent design pictured above.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds feature active noise cancellation and the battery can last for up to 15 hours. Finding the perfect pair of earbuds can be tricky. If you want more variety, Bose Sport Earbuds are on sale for $149, Airpods are currently $99 and these best-selling Anker Soundcore noise canceling headphones are marked down to just $48.
Keep your schedule on track with an academic planner! This 72-page weekly and monthly planner is dated from July 2022 to June 2023. See more academic planners here.
Going away for school? Video chat with friends and family, set timers, stream music and more with the Echo Show 5. The 2nd generation Echo Show features Alexa voice technology and a 2MP camera.
Need a new desk? The Rolanstar Computer Desk offers a no-frills design at a great price. The 39-inch desk has a built-in power strip with dual outlets and USB ports, built-in wire-management, a cup holder and headphone/VR headset hook. Want something cheaper? This Mainstay desk is on sale for $50 at Walmart.
This Choo Choo computer desk measures 40-inches long and can also be used as a makeup vanity or console table. Ideal for a dorm room, bedroom, living room or home office, this double-drawer desk is made from MDF board with an x-frame to ensure stability and durability.
Need somewhere to sit? This desk chair features a breathable polyester mesh back, integrated lumbar support, with adjustable tension knobs and the seat height can be adjusted.
Stay cool while you study with this cute little fan/lamp/pencil holder. The rechargeable, three-speed fan is equipped with a flexible goose neck and a small LED lamp (with three speeds of brightness). The fan can work for up to 14 hours, depending on the speed, and can be recharged with an adapter, PC, power bank, car charger, laptop and more.
Bring your lunch to school in a Bentgo lunch box, which offers multiple, leak-proof compartments and built-in portion control. For a heated option, check out this electric lunch box from LunchEAZE ($25.99).
According to several customer reviews, Cannon’s PIXMA TS302 Wireless Inkjet Printer works great for the price. Print quickly and wirelessly with this color inkjet printer that offers easy-loading and it prints up to 7.7 ISO ipm in black and white to help reduce wait times. It prints documents and photos and users can scan directly from a smartphone via the Cannon Print app. Looking for pricier printers? Click here.
Using an electric scooter is a cost-effective way to get to school. The 1Plus electric scooter is quipped with a powerful motor and high-capacity battery. Thanks to the 500W electric brush-less hub, this scooter can reach speeds of up to 19mph. It has a maximum travel range of up to 17.5 miles and a maximum load of 220 pounds. Want something cheaper? Try the Segway Ninebot ES1L Electric Scooter ($299.99) or the Razor E100 Electric Scooter, which is on sale for $148. For additional options, read our picks for the best electric scooters under $600.