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Best back to school sales 2021 — Apple, backpacks, laptops and more

Back to school sales

Back to school sales are rapidly coming to a close. Now that Labor Day sales are over, retailers are looking toward the next major holiday. However, there are still plenty of back to school sales out there. 

Generally speaking, back to school season runs through early September. During this time, shoppers can find deals on laptops, backpacks, apparel, headphones, and tablets. Even if you're not a student, back to school sales can help you save money on a variety of devices ranging from sneakers to gaming monitors. 

Currently, one of our favorite back to school sales comes courtesy of Verizon. The mobile carrier is taking up to $25 off (per month) its unlimited plans for students.  Singles lines start at $60/month ($10 off), whereas two lines go for $95/month ($25 off).

Meanwhile, Best Buy has Chromebooks on sale from $89. The sale includes deals from HP, Acer, Samsung, Asus, and more. It's a particularly great sale for younger students who don't require heavy processing power or for students who just need a light laptop for Web-based tasks. 

If you're after a Windows machine, Dell's back to school sales are knocking laptop prices down to just $348. Gaming rigs also start from $699, whereas 27-inch monitors are going for as little as $179. Finally, stores like Overstock, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Wayfair are slashing up to 70% off dorm room essentials with deals starting as low as $19. 

So whether you're shopping for a new laptop or your first mattress, here are today's best back to school sales right now. (And make sure to check out our list of VPN deals to keep your laptop safe).  

Best back to school sales right now

Chromebooks

HP Chromebook 14: was $279 now $154 @ Adorama

HP Chromebook 14: was $279 now $154 @ Adorama
The HP Chromebook 14 is an excellent machine for kids going back to school. It features a 14-inch 1366 x 768 display, Celeron N3350 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMC of storage. It's now on sale and at its second-lowest price ever. 

Lenovo Chromebook 3: was $210 now $178 @ Amazon

Lenovo Chromebook 3: was $210 now $178 @ Amazon
The cheap and kid-friendly Chromebook 3 is perfect for elementary school students. It features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.8GHz Celeron N4020 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB eMMC. The laptop also has a built-in webcam and mic for remote learning. 

HP Chromebook 14: was $377 now $189 @ Adorama

HP Chromebook 14: was $377 now $189 @ Adorama
Adorama has the HP Chromebook 14 in stock — and on sale — for $299. It features a 14-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.6GHz AMD A4 APU, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB eMMC storage.

Samsung Chromebook: was $249 now $217 @ Amazon

Samsung Chromebook: was $249 now $217 @ Amazon
This budget Chromebook is perfect for basic back to school needs. It features a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMC. 

Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $699 @ Amazon

Galaxy Chromebook 4K: was $999 now $699 @ Amazon
For a limited time, Amazon has the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2-in-1 on sale for $699. This machine is one of the few Chromebooks to pack a 13.3-inch 4K screen. It also features a Core i5-10210U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. 

Laptops

Dell Inspiron 15 3000: was $418 now $323 @ Dell

Dell Inspiron 15 3000: was $418 now $323 @ Dell
The Inspiron 15 3000 was built for students. It features an 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, Pentium Silver N5030 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. It's one of the cheapest back to school sales we've seen from Dell. 

Gateway 14" Laptop:  was $699 now $449 @ Walmart

Gateway 14" Laptop: was $699 now $449 @ Walmart
Small but mighty, the 14-inch Gateway GWTN141-4RG offers a surprising amount of power given its small size. It houses a 14.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD, Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 16GB RAM, and 256GB of storage. It also has Tuned by  THX Audio and built-in Cortana, to make it one of the best back to school sales you'll find.

HP 15z: was $379 now $349 @ HP

HP 15z: was $379 now $349 @ HP
Back to school sales have started at HP and the 15z is the most affordable laptop in the manufacturer's ongoing sale. It packs a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, 2.4GHz AMD Athlon Gold 3150U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD. Recommended upgrades include a 1080p LCD (+$30) or a Ryzen 3 CPU (+$20).

Dell XPS 13: was $899 now $791 @ Dell

Dell XPS 13: was $899 now $791 @ Dell
The XPS 13 is the best Windows laptop you can buy. This configuration packs a 13.3-inch 1080p InfinityEdge display, Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Use coupon "SAVE12" during the final checkout stage to drop its price to $791.12. It's one of the lowest prices we've seen all year.

Surface Laptop 3 (256GB): was $1,299 now $1,049 @ Amazon

Surface Laptop 3 (256GB): was $1,299 now $1,049 @ Amazon
The Editors' Choice Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is on sale for just $1,049 at Amazon. That's one of the lowest prices we've seen for Microsoft's premium laptop and one of the best back to school sales we've seen for this config. It packs an Intel Core i5-1035G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It may be the previous-gen laptop, but it still packs a powerful punch at this price point. 

Microsoft Store laptop deals: up to $500 off @ MS Store

Microsoft Store laptop deals: up to $500 off @ MS Store
The Microsoft Store is taking up to $500 off a wide range of laptops including budget machines, gaming rigs, and mainstream laptops. After discount, prices start at just $349 for the budget, whereas gaming rigs start at $599. 

MacBooks

Top Pick was $999 now $849 @ Amazon

Top Pick
MacBook Air (M1):
was $999 now $849 @ Amazon
The new MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its new Apple Silicon. The M1 CPU also helped it reach over 14 hours on our battery test. For a limited time, Amazon has it on sale for $949. However, you get an extra $100 off during checkout for a final price of $849. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The 512GB model is $149 off

MacBook Pro (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,149 @ Amazon

MacBook Pro (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,149 @ Amazon
Save $150:
The new MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 chip delivers performance that runs circles around Windows laptops, and you get a brighter display than the MacBook Air and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. Need more storage? The 512GB model is $150 off at Amazon.

16-inch MacBook Pro:  was $2,399 now $2,285 @ Amazon

16-inch MacBook Pro: was $2,399 now $2,285 @ Amazon
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is over $100 off at Amazon. This model comes with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics. It's the cheapest price we've seen for this machine. 

Buy a Mac or iPad, get free AirPods @ Apple

Buy a Mac or iPad, get free AirPods @ Apple
Back to school sales have arrived at Apple. Students and educators who purchase an eligible Mac or iPad will get a free pair of AirPods. The free AirPods are in addition to Apple's educational discounts, which take up to $200 off select Macs and iPads.

Headphones

Amazon Echo Buds 2 (Black): was $119 now $89 @ Amazon

Amazon Echo Buds 2 (Black): was $119 now $89 @ Amazon
The Echo Buds offer good sound quality, solid noise cancellation, and great integration with Alexa. They're on sale for $89.99, which is their second-lowest price ever. (They hit $79 on Prime Day). In our review, we found the new buds are smaller and offer better noise cancellation than their predecessors. This is an excellent back to school sale for shoppers on a budget. 

JBL Tune 120TWS: was $99 now $59 @ Amazon

JBL Tune 120TWS: was $99 now $59 @ Amazon
JBL's wireless earbuds pack a strong punch with a 5.8mm driver that offers solid bass performance. With 16 hours of battery life shared between the headphones and their charging case, you'll be able to rock out all day long. This is one of the best back to school sales you'll find. 

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: was $149 now $99 @ Best Buy

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: was $149 now $99 @ Best Buy
The Samsung Galaxy Buds are a great AirPods alternative for Android users. They offer seamless device pairing, water/sweat resistance, and long battery life. They're now on sale for $99 at Best Buy. 

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $189 @ Amazon

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $189 @ Amazon
Amazon has the AirPods Pro on sale for $189. That's $59 off and one of the best back to school sales you'll find for these premium Apple earbuds. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. 

AirPods w/ Charging Case: was $159 now $118 @ Amazon

AirPods w/ Charging Case: was $159 now $118 @ Amazon
Looking for slightly less expensive earbuds? Amazon has the AirPods with Standard Charging Case for $118. That's the cheapest back to school sale we've seen for AirPods. The headphones feature Apple's latest H1 chip for fast wireless connectivity with Apple devices.

Jabra Elite 85h: was $249 now $173 @ Amazon

Jabra Elite 85h: was $249 now $173 @ Amazon
With their powerful noise cancellation and record-breaking 36-hour battery life, the Jabra Elite 85h are among the best noise cancelling headphones you can get. They're currently on sale at Amazon. 

AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $149 @ Amazon

AirPods w/ Wireless Case: was $199 now $149 @ Amazon
Amazon has the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case on sale for $149. That's one of the best back to school sales we've seen for these buds. They come with a Qi-compatible case that allows for wire-free charging. 

Headphones: was $349 now $234 @ Best Buy

Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones: was $349 now $234 @ Best Buy
Despite being a generation old, the Sony WH-1000XM3 are among the best wireless headphones you can get. These over-ear style headphones offer superb sound, industry leading noise-cancellation, and up to 30 hours of battery life. They're now $100 off and one of the best back to school sales we've ever seen for Sony's 'phones. 

Bluetooth Speakers

JBL GO2: was $48 now $24 @ Amazon

JBL GO2: was $48 now $24 @ Amazon
The JBL GO2 is one of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers you'll find. The speaker is IPX7 waterproof and can last for up to 5 hours on a single charge. A must-have tech accessory for any dorm room, it's one of the best back to school sales you'll find.  

OontZ Angle 3: was $59 now $33 @ Amazon

OontZ Angle 3: was $59 now $33 @ Amazon
For its price, you won't find a better performing Bluetooth speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. In our review, we found it produces bright, clear vocals and crisp treble, and it even delivers a bit of bass. It's IPX5 weather resistance means it can take a splash of rain (just make sure not to dunk it in a pool). 

LG XBoom Go PL7: was $129 now $100 @ Walmart

LG XBoom Go PL7: was $129 now $100 @ Walmart
One of our favorite Bluetooth speakers, the XBoom Go PL7 combines refined sound with a long-lasting battery and enough water resistance to handle heavy showers. The LED rings at either end can also accompany your music with a fun little light show.

Ultimate Ears Boom 2: was $199 now $144 @ Amazon

Ultimate Ears Boom 2: was $199 now $144 @ Amazon
It's not the newest Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speaker, but the Boom 2 certainty still holds it own. It offers fantastic 360 degree sound and is fully waterproof as well. It's $50 off at Amazon. 

Bose SoundLink Revolve: was $199 now $179 @ Amazon

Bose SoundLink Revolve: was $199 now $179 @ Amazon
The original SoundLink Revolve is well-suited for any room, even without the carry handle of the $279 SoundLink Revolve Plus. It also offers IPX4-rated water resistance, as well as 360-degree sound, and can connect to another SoundLink speaker to create a stereo pair.

Tablets

Apple iPad Mini (64GB): was $399 now just $299 @ Best Buy

Apple iPad Mini (64GB): was $399 now just $299 @ Best Buy
Yes, it's showing its age, but the 2019 iPad Mini is still a terrific tablet. It houses Apple's A12 Bionic CPU, which provides insanely fast performance. It also packs epic battery life that lasts for just shy of 13 hours on a single charge. It's now at its lowest price ever. 

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $499 @ Amazon

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $499 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal: The current-gen iPad Air sports a larger 10.9-inch display, speedy A14 Bionic CPU, and support for USB-C charging. Plus, with Magic Keyboard support, it's as close to a laptop replacement as you can get. Right now it's at its lowest price ever and one of the best back to school sales of the moment. (If you don't see the sale price, try choosing different color models). 

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal: The new 11-inch iPad Pro sports Apple's M1 CPU for record-breaking speed and performance. It features a stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina display with 120Hz Pro Motion, TrueTone, and P3 wide color. You also get 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide cameras and Wi-Fi 6 support. Amazon is taking $50 off various models, which makes this one of the best back to school sales you'll find for Apple's new tablet. 

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon
Apple's top of the line iPad just got a massive price cut. For a limited time, Amazon has the new iPad Pro 12.9-inch tablet on sale for $999. That's $100 off and its cheapest price ever. It features a stunning 12.9-inch mini LED display (2732 x 2048) with 120Hz Pro Motion, TrueTone, and P3 wide color. You also get 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide cameras and Wi-Fi 6 support. The new Apple M1 CPU also makes it the fastest iPad ever. 

Apple Magic Keyboard for 12" iPad Pro: was $349 now $199 @ Best Buy

Apple Magic Keyboard for 12" iPad Pro: was $349 now $199 @ Best Buy
The current-gen Magic Keyboard can turn your iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th gen) into a laptop replacement. It attaches magnetically to your iPad and allows you to smoothly adjust it to the perfect viewing angle for you. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: was $349 now $279 @ Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: was $349 now $279 @ Amazon
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 10.4 is a compelling tablet for anyone who's in the market for an iPad alternative. Like the iPad in can be used for gaming, productivity, or streaming. It's now on sale and one of the best back to school sales you can find. 

Fire HD 8 Plus w/ wireless dock: was $149 now $139 @ Amazon

Fire HD 8 Plus w/ wireless dock: was $149 now $139 @ Amazon
The Fire HD 8 Plus packs the same features found on the Fire HD 8, but houses 3GB of RAM (instead of 2GB), which means you'll get much snappier performance. It also supports wireless charging. This bundle includes the tablet and the wireless charging dock.

MS Surface Pro 7: was $959 now $699 @ Best Buy

MS Surface Pro 7: was $959 now $699 @ Best Buy
This Microsoft Surface Pro 7 packs a 12.3-inch (2736 x 1824) PixelSense display, 10th-gen Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. It's currently $260 off and one of the cheapest prices we've seen for this configuration.

Kindle Paperwhite Bundle: was $189 now $169 @ Amazon

Kindle Paperwhite Bundle: was $189 now $169 @ Amazon
The Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle includes a Kindle Paperwhite along with a leather cover and power adapter. Normally on sale for $189, it's now $169 ($20 off). A great back to school sale for the avid reader. 

Kindle Unlimited 2 months: was $19 now $4 @ Amazon

Kindle Unlimited 2 months: was $19 now $4 @ Amazon
Already own a Kindle? Right now you can get 2 months of Kindle Unlimited for $4.99 ($15 off). Kindle Unlimited gives you access to over 1 million titles, magazines, audiobooks, and more. It will renew at $9.99/month after your 2 months are up. 

Cord Cutting

Sling TV:  first month only $10 @ Sling

Sling TV: first month only $10 @ Sling
Sling TV is an affordable live TV service that offers flexibility and lots of customization. For a limited time, new Sling subscribers get their first month of service for just $10. You can sign up for Sling Orange ($35/month) or Sling Blue ($35/month) — or a combination of both packages ($50/month).

Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite: was $29 now $24 @ Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite: was $29 now $24 @ Amazon
The new Fire TV Stick Lite is a cheaper version of the Fire TV Stick. Like its pricier counterpart, this 1080p streamer supports HDR, HDR 10, HDR10+, and HLG, but it lacks Dolby Atmos Audio and dedicated volume/power buttons. Otherwise, this streamer is your best pick if you're looking for a cheap streamer. 

Roku Streaming Stick Plus 4K: was $49 now $39 @ Amazon

Roku Streaming Stick Plus 4K: was $49 now $39 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal: If you want to stream 4K content on your TV, the Roku Streaming Stick Plus is the device to get. You also get a strong wireless receiver that gives you four times the range and a bundled voice remote. It's rarely this cheap outside of major holidays, which makes it one of the best back to school sales we've seen for cord cutters. 

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: was $49 now $39 @ Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: was $49 now $39 @ Amazon
For 4K resolution, HDR color palettes, and speedy navigation, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is the streamer to get. You can stream videos, listen to music, interact with Alexa, and play games for just $39.99. It's the perfect back to school deal for college students. 

Roku Ultra 2020: was $99 now $89 @ Amazon

Roku Ultra 2020: was $99 now $89 @ Amazon
This streaming device brings Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos sound to your dorm room. Ethernet connectivity also gets you a more stable connection. It's now $10 under its normal price. 

Amazon Fire TV Cube: was $119 now $99 @  Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Cube: was $119 now $99 @  Amazon
Access today's most popular streaming content with Amazon's Fire TV Cube. From Netflix to Disney Plus to Sling TV, this Alexa smart device brings the convenience hands-free control of your favorite programs and movies to your living room. 

Apple TV 4K 2021: was $179 now $169

Apple TV 4K 2021: was $179 now $169
If you live in the Apple ecosystem, you know how rare deals like this are. Yes, even $10 off the new Apple TV 4K (32GB) is surprising to see, so act fast on this back to school sale. The 64GB model is also on sale for $179 ($19 off).

Roku Express 4K Plus 2021: was $39 now $29 @ Amazon

Roku Express 4K Plus 2021: was $39 now $29 @ Amazon
A major upgrade over the Roku Premiere, the Roku Express 4K Plus is the cheapest 4K device right now. It's a must for any college dorm room and one of the better back to school sales we've seen for a Roku 2021 device. 

PS5 owners: get six free months of Apple TV Plus

PS5 owners: get six free months of Apple TV Plus
PS5 owners can get six free months of Apple TV Plus. To get this deal, download and install the Apple TV Plus app on your PS5 and sign in using your Apple ID (or create a new one if you don't already have one). This will automatically link your two accounts and start your free trial. This offer can be stacked with current Apple TV Plus subscriptions — or if you're already enjoying a free trial. (However, it's not redeemable if you've subscribed to Apple TV Plus via a bundle offers like Apple One). 

Fitness

Apple Watch 6 (GPS/40mm): was $399 now $249 @ Amazon

Apple Watch 6 (GPS/40mm): was $399 now $249 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal: This is the best Apple Watch deal we've ever seen. Amazon has the Apple Watch 6 (GPS/40mm) on sale for $249. That's the best price we've ever seen all year. The Apple Watch 6 features a bright display, powerful S6 processor, and built-in bloody oxygen sensors that support Apple's new Blood Oxygen app. The sale is for the Product Red model only. 

Apple Watch SE (GPS/40mm): was $279 now $249 @ Amazon

Apple Watch SE (GPS/40mm): was $279 now $249 @ Amazon
The Apple Watch SE is Apple's mid-tier smartwatch. It features the same chip found in the Apple Watch 5, but sports a bigger screen than the Apple Watch 3. It supports Emergency SOS calling, fall detection, and features a built-in compass and always-on altimeter. This rarely discounted watch is now $30 off and at its lowest price of 2021. 

Apple Watch 6 (LTE/40mm): was $499 now $379 @ Amazon

Apple Watch 6 (LTE/40mm): was $499 now $379 @ Amazon
Take calls direct from your Apple Watch with this LTE-enabled version. Amazon has the 40mm model on sale for $379 ($119 off) and the 44mm on sale for $429 ($100 off). They both offer the same features as the GPS model, but with added LTE connectivity. 

Fibit Charge 4: was $149 now $127 @ Amazon

Fibit Charge 4: was $149 now $127 @ Amazon
Fitbit's best fitness tracker has built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor, sleep tracking, contactless payments, and is water resistant to 50 meters. The Editor's Choice fitness tracker is now on sale at Amazon.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: was $269 now $219 @ Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: was $269 now $219 @ Amazon
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is an excellent fitness tracker. Its sleek design looks great on any wrist, and its long-lasting battery means it'll keep pace with you all day long. There's also a built-in sleep tracker and a heart rate monitor to boot. 

Backpacks

Mancro Laptop Backpack: $20 @ Amazon

Mancro Laptop Backpack: $20 @ Amazon
The Mancro Laptop Backpack has over 10 compartments, one of which can house a 15-inch laptop. It also has a combination zipper lock, which ensures no one will open your laptop bag and steal its contents when you're not looking. 

Matein Laptop Backpack: was $31 now $25 @ Amazon

Matein Laptop Backpack: was $31 now $25 @ Amazon
Don't let its cheap price fool you. The Matein Laptop Backpack is one of the coolest laptop bags on the market. The 27-liter bag features a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 17-inch laptop. It also has a USB-charging port, which connects to a battery backup in the bag that lets you charge your devices without having to open your backpack. (Battery not included). 

Osprey UL Stuff Duffel: was $39 now $37 @ Amazon

Osprey UL Stuff Duffel: was $39 now $37 @ Amazon
The Osprey UL Stuff Duffel is the type of bag that's small when collapsed, but huge when fully open/expanded. It features a padded shoulder strap, 30L capacity, and can be stuffed into its own built-in storage pocket. 

Backpack sale: up to 55% off @ Macy's

Backpack sale: up to 55% off @ Macy's
Macy's is taking up to 55% off select backpacks during its early back to school sales kick-off. The sale includes backpacks from Nine West, Fila (pictured), Kipling, Michael by Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, and more. 

Phones

Apple iPhone 11: free with unlimited plan

Apple iPhone 11: free with unlimited plan
Verizon is offering the iPhone 11 for free when you purchase it with an unlimited plan. That's one of the best back to school deals we've seen. (Underneath the "64GB/$24.99" tab you'll find more details on the promo). It's available online only and requires a one-time $35 activation fee.  

iPhone 12: 6 months free data @ Mint

iPhone 12: 6 months free data @ Mint
Mint Mobile has one of the best cheap iPhone back to school sales we've seen. New customers who port their number to Mint and buy a new iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 mini with a 6-month data plan will get 6 months of data for free. All Mint Mobile plans include unlimited talk, text, and 5G for free. Mint Mobile operates on T-Mobile's 5G network. 

5G smartphone sale: up to $1,200 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon

5G smartphone sale: up to $1,200 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon
Verizon is offering one of the best back to school deals of all time. New and existing customers can get up to $1,200 off select 5G phones with trade in. That sale includes popular models like the iPhone 12, Galaxy S21, and more. 

Unlocked Galaxy S21:  was $799 now $749 @ Amazon

Unlocked Galaxy S21: was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
If you're looking for an affordable Galaxy S21 deal — the buck stops with the base Galaxy S21 config. It packs a 6.2-inch 120Hz adaptive display, Snapdragon 888 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 10MP front camera. You also get 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 64MP telephoto rear camera lenses. This unlocked model is on sale at Amazon. 

iPhone 12: up to $830 off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile

iPhone 12: up to $830 off w/ trade-in @ T-Mobile
50% off family plans: T-Mobile's back to school sales have officially started. Currently, when you purchase any iPhone 12, open a new line, and trade-in your old device — T-Mobile will take up to $830 off your new iPhone. The promo is valid on any T-Mobile plan. Plus, T-Mobile is taking up to 50% off family plans. This includes its Essentials, Magenta, and Magenta Max lines. 

iPhone 12: $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon

iPhone 12: $1,000 off w/ trade-in @ Verizon
At Verizon, trade-in your current phone and sign up for an Unlimited plan to get up to $1,000 off any new iPhone. It's one of the hottest iPhone back to school sales we've seen. Or buy one iPhone 12 at normal price, and get up to $1,000 off the cost of another. 

Monitors

HP V24 Monitor: was $159 now $139 @ HP

HP V24 Monitor: was $159 now $139 @ HP
The HP V24 Monitor is a budget monitor that's great for just about any task. It  features 1080p resolution, 5ms response time, and HDMI connectivity. It's one of the best cheap back to school sales we've seen for a basic 1080p monitor. 

Dell 27" 4K Monitor: was $539 now $349 @ Dell

Dell 27" 4K Monitor: was $539 now $349 @ Dell
Dell is known for its high-quality tech, including monitors. This particular model features a 27-inch 4K display with HDR support. The monitor allows you to pivot, tilt, swivel and adjust its height letting you create the perfect setup for your work space. 

Dell 24" Curved Gaming Monitor: was $339 now $254 @ Dell

Dell 24" Curved Gaming Monitor: was $339 now $254 @ Dell
Get a more immersive experience with this curved gaming monitor, capable of handling full HD content at a whopping 165Hz frame rate. It comes with DisplayPort, HDMI, and AMD FreeSync Premium support, so you know you'll get great visuals when you game.

Dell 27" Gaming Monitor: was $609 now $424 @ Dell

Dell 27" Gaming Monitor: was $609 now $424 @ Dell
With this monitor, you'll be able to run your games at a smooth lightning-quick 165Hz refresh rate. This model features a 27-inch QHD display and it's Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compatible. 

Gaming

Xbox Games: up to 80% off @ MS Store

Xbox Games: up to 80% off @ MS Store
What good is a back to school sale without some proper video game discounts? The MS Store is taking up to 80% off select Xbox games during its back to school sales. The sale includes Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, NBA 2K1, MLB The Show 21, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and more. Select games start as low was $1. 

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition:  was $99 now $58 @ Amazon

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition: was $99 now $58 @ Amazon
Save $40 on this striking neon green gaming headset from Razer, one of the biggest names in gaming peripherals. It has THX 7.1 support and comes with a USB audio controller so you can switch your volume on the fly, ideal when you need to mute your team mates for that clutch 1 vs 5. 

Corsair HS60 Pro:  was $69 now $47 @ Amazon

Corsair HS60 Pro: was $69 now $47 @ Amazon
You'll love the Corsair HS60's solid construction and snug but comfortable fit. It boasts a crystal-clear mic and solid audio quality. It's a freat value at $69, and an absolute steal at $47.99.

WD_Black 5TB P10 Game Drive: was $149 now $127 @ Amazon

WD_Black 5TB P10 Game Drive: was $149 now $127 @ Amazon
The WD_Black P10 Game Drive is ideal for storage games on your PC or video game console. It's compatible with both PS5 and Xbox Series X and with 5TB of storage space, you can store dozens of games on this hard drive. 

Aurora Ryzen R10: was $1,509 now $1,099 @ Alienware

Aurora Ryzen R10: was $1,509 now $1,099 @ Alienware
We've long considered the Alienware Aurora R10 an excellent gaming PC, and as part of its back to school sales — Dell is slashing over $400 off this premium desktop. It features an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU, 16GB of RAM, 1TB 7,200 rpm HDD, and RTX 3060 12GB GPU. 

Xbox Series S: $299 @ Best Buy

Xbox Series S: $299 @ Best Buy
The next-gen Xbox Series S is limited to 1440p output, but still delivers fast loading, ray tracing, and high frame rates. It sports a GPU with up to 4 teraflops of output, 10GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for storage. (There's no disc drive). Best Buy now has it in stock. If you see it sold out, try opening the link via an incognito Web browser.

Xbox Series S bundle: $404 @ Antonline

Xbox Series S bundle: $404 @ Antonline
Antonline has the XBox Series S in stock via a bundle. The bundle includes an extra Xbox controller and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. 

Xbox Series X: $499 @ Amazon

Xbox Series X: $499 @ Amazon (check stock)
The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's new flagship console. It features 12 teraflops of graphics power, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and Blu-ray drive. It runs games at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second with a max of 8K at 120 fps. The Editor's Choice console represents the pinnacle of Microsoft's gaming efforts. It's currently out of stock.

Xbox Series S: $299 @ Amazon

Xbox Series S: $299 @ Amazon (check stock)
The more affordable next-gen Xbox Series S is limited to 1440p output, but still delivers fast loading, ray tracing, and high frame rates. It sports a GPU with up to 4 teraflops of output, 10GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for storage. (There's no disc drive). It's currently out of stock.

PS5: check stock @ Amazon

PS5: check stock @ Amazon
Sony's flagship gaming machine, the PS5 is one of the most in-demand tech products currently available. For good reason: this powerful console boasts 4K visuals, an innovative DualSense controller, and a 4K Blu-ray drive. It's currently out of stock.

PS5 Digital: check stock @ Amazon

PS5 Digital: check stock @ Amazon
The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it's slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller. It's coming in and out of stock at Walmart. It's currently out of stock. 

Face Masks

Disposable Masks 50-Pack: was $5 now $3 @ Amazon

Disposable Masks 50-Pack: was $5 now $3 @ Amazon
Amazon is selling this 50-pack of disposable face masks for just $3. That's the cheapest price we've seen for ANY 50-pack of masks. The 3-layer masks have an elastic earloop and nose bridge. Even if you're not going back to a classroom, this back to school sale is an amazing deal for everyday use. 

DSBJ Face Masks 50-Pack: was $19 now $9 @ Office Depot

DSBJ Face Masks 50-Pack: was $19 now $9 @ Office Depot
Office Depot has a 50-pack of disposable face masks on sale for $9.99. That's among the cheapest 50-packs we've seen at Office Depot. The 3-ply masks have elastic ear loops and a metal nose clip. 

PopFunk Pleated Face Masks: from $9 @ Amazon

PopFunk Pleated Face Masks: from $9 @ Amazon
While not a sale per se, Amazon has a wide variety of PopFunk face masks with prices from $9. The masks feature licensed characters and logos from Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, and more. The one-size-fits-all masks feature adjustable ear loops and are machine washable. 

Face Mask Filters 30-Pack: was $10 now $7 @ Amazon

Face Mask Filters 30-Pack: was $10 now $7 @ Amazon
Need to restock on filters for your face mask? Amazon has this 30-pack of face mask filters for $7.99. The filters offer five layers of protection and can be used with most masks that offer an insert for filters. 

UA Sportsmask: was $30 now from $18 @ Amazon

UA Sportsmask: was $30 now from $18 @ Amazon
The UA Sportsmask isn't cheap. However, this is the face mask to beat when it comes to indoor/outdoor workouts. The water-resistant mask is adjustable, washable, and light enough to let air through so you can workout hard without feeling like you're about to pass out from lack of air.

Webcams

Green Extreme T200 1080p Webcam: was $49 now $24 @ Adorama

Green Extreme T200 1080p Webcam: was $49 now $24 @ Adorama
Due to the webcam shortage, Adorama manufactured its own webcam. The Green Extreme T200 is a 1080p webcam that can be used with anything from Zoom calls to Skype meetings. It features a widescreen mode, autofocus system, and two built-in mics. 

Logitech C270: $39 @ Adorama

Logitech C270: $39 @ Adorama
The Logitech C270 is one of the least-expensive webcams we could find in stock. It offers 720p video streams and can take 3MP stills. Adorama has it for $39. 

Lenovo 500 FHD Webcam: was $69 now $58 @ Lenovo

Lenovo 500 FHD Webcam: was $69 now $58 @ Lenovo
The Lenovo 500 FHD webcam records in 1080p and also features facial recognition technology. It features a 75-degree lens plus 360-degree pan-and-til controls. 

Logitech C930e: was $129 now $69 @ Amazon

Logitech C930e: was $129 now $69 @ Amazon
The Editor's Choice Logitech C930e is one of the best webcams you can buy. It features a wide 90-degree field of view, which lets you fit more into the frame. The C930 also has omnidirectional mics, which allows it to pick up more of a conversation in the room. In our review, we loved the quality of the video, which made our laptop's webcam look far worse by comparison. It's one of the top back to school sales we've seen for webcams. 

When do back to school sales begin

Back to school sales begin in July and run through early September. Unlike Labor Day or Memorial Day, which last a few days, the back to school season lasts for multiple weeks. However, keep in mind that some of the best sales tend to occur mid-July through August. By the time September begins, most of the highly sought after deals have expired or simply gone out of stock.

Where are the best back to school sales

Laptops, Bluetooth speakers, Chromebooks, and tablets are among the best back to school sales you'll find during the back to school season. Some of our favorite laptops, such as the MacBook Air M1, are already seeing price cuts of up to $100. Meanwhile, stores like Walmart and Wayfair are slashing the price of various dorm room essentials like coffee makers, cheap bedding sets, and more. 

What should I buy for back to school supplies

Some of the most popular back to school supplies include arts and crafts materials (for younger students) and laptops or headphones for high school or college bound students. College bound students may also be interested in dorm room supplies like storage containers, bedding sets, office chairs, and desk lamps. Most students will also require a laptop bag or backpack. Make sure to check out our best backpacks for college guide for the best sales and picks.  

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.