We know. Summer vacation seems like it just started. But in a few weeks, parents — and students — will have to start their back-to-school shopping.
So rather than wait till late-August, we're rounding up the best back-to-school deals you can get this month.
First, there are a few things you should know. Amazon has a special Prime membership plan that's tailor made for students. Prime Student lets college students enjoy the same Prime membership perks of a regular membership, but at 50% off. The plan costs $59/year (or $6.49/month if you want a monthly plan). Even better, it includes a free 6-month trial. (Normal Prime memberships cost $119/year and you only get a 30-day free trial).
In addition, Prime Student members get exclusive coupons, deals, and bundles that regular Prime members don't get. For instance, students get to shop from Amazon's Off-to-College Store. The only catch is that students must have an edu email address and they're only eligible for Prime Student for four years or until graduation — whichever comes first. After that, the membership will auto-renew itself at $119 per year (unless you cancel).
If you don't want to go the Amazon Prime membership route, there are plenty of Walmart deals you can also take advantage of. Walmart has no membership fees and many items are eligible for next-day shipping (minimum $35 orders).
Below you'll find the best back-to-school deals from a variety of retailers.
Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds: was $15 now $8 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
We know. These days it's all about the wireless buds, but the Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds are so cheap and sound so great that they're worth having as a backup. (I own this exact pair and love the audio quality they provide).
Acer CB3-532 Chromebook: was $199 now $149 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
This might be one of the least-expensive laptop deals we've seen. Power users should look elsewhere, but if you need a basic machine for a student or the coffee table, this is it. It undercuts Amazon's price by $41.
Plantronics FIT 3100: was $149.99 now $89.99 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
You don't need to spend $200 to get a solid pair of wireless buds. We love the FIT 3100 wireless earbuds because the feature great sound, offer a snug fit, and they're sweat/water proof. Also, they don't cost a fortune.
Apple MacBook Air w/ Beats 3: was $1,099 now $999 @ Apple (opens in new tab)
Amazon has dropped the MacBook Air's (opens in new tab) price to $999, but the Apple Store has it for $999 with a free pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones. You'll need an edu e-mail to snag this deal, but for once — Apple has the best deal.
Samsung Chromebook 3: was $229 now just $159 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
The Samsung Chromebook 3 is one of our favorite budget machines providing enough horsepower for everyday tasks like streaming and working in the cloud.