These are the 4 best back-to-school sales you can find right now

Shop these deals early and start the school year off with savings.

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July 4th is behind us, and school is only a few weeks away. You know what that means—back-to-school shopping time! Maybe in the past, you’ve put things off until the last minute, braving crowds at Target and Staples to fight for the last few notebooks and backpacks on the shelves.

But this year, you’re going to get everything done early. You’re going to smile and offer condolences on Facebook as your fellow parents post about crowds and expensive supplies. But you! You rocked your shopping this year and took advantage of early deals and savings. You’re going to spend the final weeks of summer relaxing, carefree, and ready for the first bells of school to chime.

Lots of major retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and Microsoft are already running back-to-school deals, but so far there are only four that have truly great savings:

1. Apple

Free pair of Beats headphones or earbuds with eligible Mac products

If you’re planning to buy a new Mac laptop or iPad anyway, why not get a free pair of headphones or earphones that are leaps and bounds better than the standard, boring Apple earbuds?

So, basically how this promotion works is that you’ll get a discount on the computer or tablet you buy, and they’ll throw in a pair of wireless over-ear headphones, wireless earbuds, or wired earbuds. You can save up to $300 if you’re heading in the computer/laptop direction ($150 off a laptop with a free pair of $150 headphones). The iPad Pro deal doesn’t offer as big of savings, but it's still a discount—you can only get the Beats Solo3 wireless over-ear headphones and $20 off the iPad.

2. eBay

Pretty much everything is on sale

You might be surprised at the selection of back-to-school products on eBay, but there is a LOT. Whether you’re looking for clothes, school supplies, dorm necessities, or electronics, you’ll find it on sale at eBay.

Up to 50% off school supplies—notebooks, pens and pencils, art supplies, calculators, etc.
Up to 40% off tech accessories—wireless mice, keyboards, flash drives, monitors, cables, etc.
Up to 40% off beginner instruments for the budding musician in the family
Up to 70% off dorm essentials—bedding, furniture, lighting, decor, and more
Smartphones under $300—Browse through new and unlocked smartphones from brands like Samsung, Apple and more
Laptops under $400—Brands like Acer, HP, Dell, and more

3. Staples

Discounts on supplies, backpacks, and technology

Does your kid need a new backpack this year? When you buy a backpack from Staples you can save 25% on supplies to fill that bag up. Use the coupon code “62686” at checkout to see these savings. Plus, there are loads of other discounts, like $0.50 notebooks, folders, and glue, that will help you save even more. These deals are only good through Saturday, July 22, so jump on it and get a head start on your back-to-school shopping.

4. Target

Supplies, electronics, and clothing are all on sale

Much like Staples, Target has loads of school supplies starting at $0.50. You can even filter your search by price to see what you can get for less that $1, $3, $5, and $10. If you’re also ready to buy clothes, Target has plenty of discounts in that department too, such as 20% discounts on school uniforms when you use the code “SCHOOL20” through July 22. You may be able to do most, if not all, of your shopping in one place.

Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.

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