Back-to-school sales: The best buys to score ahead of the school year

From stationary to backpacks, we've found all the back-to-school sales you won't want to miss.

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Are you shopping for the best back-to-school sales? It's best to be over-prepared than under-prepared, and right now is the perfect time to get that ball rolling. 

Whether you are in the market for lunch boxes or backpacks, stationary or even tech too  — laptops, printers, and more — we've got it covered, and at the best prices too. 

You know, this way, you'll be ready for when the kids *hopefully* head back to school come September, and you'll miss the frantic rush that comes with leaving it until the last minute. 

We've rounded up the Real Homes Edit for the best back-to-school sales below — continue reading to see! 

The best back-to-school sales: Stores to watch

It's believed that back-to-school sales will skyrocket this year — and yes, even with the current affairs and pandemic. To ensure your kid's learning — and school supplies — don't suffer, we've spotlighted stores to keep an eye out for upcoming sales. 

The best back-to-school sales: US stores to watch

  • Amazon: school supplies, tech, and even snacks
  • Apple: free AirPods with Mac and iPad purchases
  • Best Buy: find the perfect tech for the school year
  • Nike: save on sportswear and backpacks
  • Office Depot: offers on printers, furniture, stationery, and more
  • Staples: backpacks, stationery, and tech deals
  • Target: their college sales have everything for your studies and dorm

The best back-to-school sales: U.K. stores to watch

  • Amazon: shop for everything from uniform to tech
  • Argos: uniform, stationery, tech and more
  • B&M: super affordable stationery and backpacks
  • Ryman: for all your stationery and office furniture needs
  • The Works: art and craft materials and plenty of stationery

Back-to-school sales: The top 5 deals to score

2019 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage, 2.3GHz Intel Core i9) - Space Gray

2019 Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage, 2.3GHz Intel Core i9) - Space Gray l Was $2,7999, Now $2,628.83, at Amazon

Featuring 16GB memory and 1TB of storage, a Touch ID, and the Touch Bar — plus, all-day battery life. This MacBook Pro has everything any college-bound freshman could ever want (or need) come the first week. 

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro l Was $249, Now $189.99, at Amazon

With active noise cancellation, a transparent mode for hearing and connecting, and three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips (for a customizable fit), these Apple Airpods will be game-changers for any virtual learning or in-class scenario. 

Wonder Nation Dragon Scales 17" Backpack and Lunch Tote, 4-Piece Set

Wonder Nation Dragon Scales 17" Backpack and Lunch Tote, 4-Piece Set for $18.88, at Walmart

Start the school year in the most stylish ways with this four-piece backpack set. Featuring a mask, keycard holder, backpack, and lunch tote — all available in either green scales or blue shark — at just under $20: who could resist. Not us! 

Delta Children Classic Kids Whiteboard/Dry Erase Easel with Paper Roll and Storage

Delta Children Classic Kids Whiteboard/Dry Erase Easel with Paper Roll and Storage l Was $39.99, Now $35.99, at Walmart

If at-home learning is on the agenda this year, keep your children actively engaged with this art easel. At just the right height for growing artists, this choice encourages creativity and allows little ones to develop their fine motor skills through painting, drawing, coloring, and writing. Plus, there is storage and bins attached for a fast clean-up too! 

Melissa & Doug Lift-Top Desk & Chair 

Melissa & Doug Lift-Top Desk & Chair l Was $116.99, Now $81.95, at Walmart

Suitable for child learners ages 3 to 8, this espresso desk (available in three other colors) provides a comfortable place and seat that is easy to assemble and even easier to use. 

Back-to-school sales: The essentials

Kit your kids out with these awesome back to school deals. We have found everything from affordable desks for their bedrooms, to great laptops for students of all ages. For the best of the best, check out these relevant buying guides for more top buys to keep the whole family productive and organized:

Desk deals

Printer deals

Student laptop deals

Stationery deals

School backpack deals

Lunch box deals

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano is Future's U.S. Shopping Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @ItsBrittanyRomano.