IDK about you, but these are the best back-to-school sales I've seen this year

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Ready or not — the back-to-school sales are live RN. Whether you're a freshman trying to tick off an endless to-do list, or a seasoned sophomore who needs some more stationery, supplies, and shiz — I've got the intel.

I had quite the dorm packing list in my first year of college. And I wish I didn't go head-first and pay full price for everything. Luckily, I've learned my lesson the hard way and found out that some stores put popular items on promo just before the academic year begins.

These five stores have some discounts that scream "take my money" and are actually worth opening your wallet for. So get on board the markdown-mobile, 'cause bb we're going shopping!

Back-to-school sales by store

  • Amazon: school supplies, tech, and even snacks!
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond: Don't overpay for your odds and ends
  • Best Buy: find the perfect tech for the school year
  • Target: Its college sales have everything for your studies and dorm
  • Walmart: For savings that sizzle, you know where to shop!

1. Amazon

You may or may not know it, but Amazon has a whole dedicated page to college-related shopping and deals. On the page carousels, I found up to 51% off bedding, 68% off rugs, and up to 50% off select furniture. Take a look at these three deals I've handpicked for you...

4. Bed, Bath & Beyond

3. Best Buy

You might have brushed off Best Buy, assuming it's just the place where your parents buy large-ticket appliances and laptops. But actually, I've tracked down this back-to-school page which has tons of things that'll help you ace life on campus.

4. Target

Even when I'm not shopping for school stuff, Target is the place to go. While it's got some generically categorized back-to-school and college deals, you can also sign up for its Target Circle College Student Appreciation promotion where you can get 20% off one qualifying storewide purchase. To get the most out of this scheme, I'd use this on a big-ticket item you've been saving up for.

Girl, you better have paid attention in math, because I'm going to reel off some numbers here. At Bed, Bath & Beyond, your purse won't be doing overtime. It has bedding from $20, storage from $16, wall decor from $9, and study space essentials from $50. It's a no-brainer.

5. Walmart

Walmart has thousands of college savings with rollbacks and more on school essentials, technology, and more. Fill up your cart and refresh your dorm or apartment with these picks that won't blow through your savings.

Christina Chrysostomou
Former acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the former acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.