The best back to school sales 2021: deals from Walmart, Apple, Best Buy and more


August is just around the corner, which means back to school sales are in full swing with fantastic deals from Walmart, Best Buy, and Apple on everything from laptops, iPads, and tablets to clothing, backpacks, appliances, and more. To help you sort through all the offers, we’re rounding up the best back to school sales that are happening right now.

Whether you’re looking for tech supplies like laptops or tablets, or dorm essentials such as furniture and appliances, our back to school sales guide has you covered with discounts from all your favorite retailers including Walmart, Amazon, Dell, and more.

You’ll also find deals exclusively for students with verification of the school you’re attending. For example, Apple is currently handing out free AirPods for college students that purchase an eligible Mac or iPad, and students can save up to $300 on select Windows laptops at Best Buy.

Below, you’ll find links to all the best back to school sales, followed by the standout deals including Chromebooks, iPads, coffee makers, AirPods and so much more. Make sure to bookmark this page, as we’ll be continuously updating it with all the latest offers leading up to the new school year event. 

  • Amazon – back-to-school deals for all ages starting at $7.99
  • Adidas – buy 3, save 30% on select styles with code READY
  • Apple – buy select Mac or iPad models and get free AirPods
  • Best Buy – save up to $200 on select Chromebooks
  • Dell – save up to $330 on laptops, monitors, and desktops
  • HP – back to school savings on laptops, monitors, and printers
  • JCPenney – up to 60% off kids’ clothing, shoes, and backpacks
  • Kohl’s – Back-to-school deals starting at $7.99
  • Lenovo – save up to 68% on laptops + free shipping
  • Levi’s – 30% off when you spend $100+
  • Microsoft – back to school sale, $100 off the Surface Go 2
  • Nike – back to school savings on shoes, clothing, and backpacks
  • Overstock – up to 70% off dorm room essentials
  • Samsung – get up to $50 off the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
  • Staples – back to school essentials as low as 50¢
  • Target  – save on school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and more
  • Walmart – back to school deals on supplies, clothing, backpacks and more

The best back to school sale picks: 

Back to school sales: the top deals

Apple AirPods Pro: $249 $197 at Amazon
Save $52 –
Amazon has the best-selling AirPods Pro back in stock and on sale for $197. The wireless earbuds sold out during Prime Day and have been flashing in and out of stock as of late, so while this isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, it’s still a decent discount and the best deal you can find right now.
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HP 14 laptop: $579.99 $449.99 at HP
Save $140 –
There’s a $140 discount on this 14-inch HP laptop right now. That means you can pick up a machine with the latest 11th generation of Intel’s i3 processor as well as 8GB RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and 16GB of Intel Optane memory all for just under $450.
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iPad Air 4 (64GB): $599 $539 at Amazon
Save $60 –
We have seen a $519 record low price on the iPad Air, but only for a very short period over Prime Day. Before that, this model rarely dropped below $550, which means a full $60 is an excellent offer.
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Dell Inspiron 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop (128GB): $338.99 $269.99 at Dell
Save $69 –
This Dell Inspiron laptop deal offers an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD, excellent value for under $300. That’s perfect for lighter everyday browsing and streaming on a full 15.6-inch screen without breaking the bank.
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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker: $79.99 $68.39 at Amazon
Save $11.60
– Amazon has the highly-rated Keurig K-Mini on sale for just $68, which is the best deal you can find right now and a fantastic price for a Keurig coffee maker. The K-mini brews a cup in minutes, and at less than five inches wide, it’s great for smaller kitchens.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $959 $599 at Best Buy
Save $360 –
Best Buy has the versatile Surface Pro 7 on sale for a record-low price of $599, thanks to today’s $360 discount. The powerful tablet features a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, includes a full keyboard experience, and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.
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Dell S2721HN 27-inch Monitor: $259.99 $149.99 at Dell
Save $110 –
For a limited time, you can get the Dell S2721HN monitor on sale for only $149.99. That’s a massive $110 discount and the lowest price we’ve found for the 27-inch LED display.
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All-new Fire HD 10 Kids tablet: $199.99 $129.99 at Amazon
Save $70 –
Get the all-new Fire HD 10 Kids tablet on sale for a record-low price of $129.99. That’s the first discount we’ve seen for the 10-inch tablet that comes with an adjustable stand so kids can go hands-free.
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Back to school sales: Laptop deals

Lenovo Chromebook S330 14-inch laptop: $239 $179 at Walmart
Save $60 –
With 32GB of storage and 4GB RAM, you’re still picking up a budget laptop here, but thanks to Chrome OS, those specs aren’t as limiting as they would be on a Windows machine. Plus, the 14-inch display here is a vast improvement on the 11.6-inch devices we usually see in this price range.
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HP 11.6-inch Chromebook: $219 $179 at Walmart
Save $40 –
You’re getting a fantastic 64GB of storage inside this HP Chromebook, and while you are sacrificing a little screen size to secure that space this is still an excellent machine for lighter browsing and streaming. A Mediatek MT8183 processor won’t be pushing too many demanding programs, but you’re still getting enough power for everyday use with 4GB RAM as well.
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Dell Inspiron 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop (128GB): $338.99 $269.99 at Dell
Save $69 –
This Dell Inspiron laptop deal offers an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD, excellent value for under $300. That’s perfect for lighter everyday browsing and streaming on a full 15.6-inch screen without breaking the bank.
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HP 14 laptop: $579.99 $449.99 at HP
Save $140 –
There’s a $140 discount on this 14-inch HP laptop right now. That means you can pick up a machine with the latest 11th generation of Intel’s i3 processor as well as 8GB RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and 16GB of Intel Optane memory all for just under $450.
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Dell XPS 13, Intel Core i5: $899.99 $699.99 at Dell
This Dell XPS 13 is going for really cheap right now. While you’re getting a slightly thicker bottom bezel on that screen, the components here are outstanding – an 11th gen Intel i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD just can’t be argued with at this price.
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Apple MacBook Air: $999 $899 at Amazon
Save $100 –
The M1 MacBook Air has dropped back down to its record low $899 price at Amazon when you apply the additional $50 coupon at checkout. The 13-inch laptop features Apple’s powerful M1 chip, 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and provides up to 15 hours of battery life.
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Back to school sales: tablet deals

Amazon Fire 8 Kids Edition: $139.99 $89.99 at Amazon
Save $50-
The Amazon Fire 8 Kids tablet is on sale for $89.99 – only $40 more than the record-low Black Friday price. The eight-inch tablet features easy parental controls, a kid-proof case, and a year of Amazon Kids Unlimited which gives you access to apps, games, books, videos and more.
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All-new Fire HD 10 Kids tablet: $199.99 $129.99 at Amazon
Save $70 –
Get the all-new Fire HD 10 Kids tablet on sale for a record-low price of $129.99. That’s the first discount we’ve seen for the 10-inch tablet that comes with an adjustable stand so kids can go hands-free.
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iPad 8th generation (32GB): $329 $299 at Amazon
Save $30 –
This is a well-worn iPad deal by now, as we’ve been seeing this $30 discount on the 8th generation entry-level model for months. However, this is still the cheapest this device has ever been, and we don’t expect to see a lower price any time soon.
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iPad Air 4 (64GB): $599 $539 at Amazon
Save $60 –
We have seen a $519 record low price on the iPad Air, but only for a very short period over Prime Day. Before that, this model rarely dropped below $550, which means a full $60 is an excellent offer.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 7: $959 $599 at Best Buy
Save $360 –
Best Buy has the versatile Surface Pro 7 on sale for a record-low price of $599, thanks to today’s $360 discount. The powerful tablet features a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, includes a full keyboard experience, and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.
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iPad Pro 11-inch, 2021 (128GB): $799 $749 at Walmart
Save $50 –
This is a rare saving that we’ve only seen a handful of times before. At $50 off, this $749 is the cheapest the latest 11-inch iPad Pro has ever been, and so far Amazon hasn’t been able to match Walmart’s own back-to-school sale.
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Back to school sales: monitor deals

Dell S2421HN 24-inch Monitor: $189.99 $139.99 at Dell
Save $110 –
A great option for students working with a small space, Dell has this 24-inch monitor on sale for just $139.99. That’s a fantastic price for a compact monitor that features a 23.8-inch Full HD display and a 178°/178° viewing angle.
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Dell S2721HN 27-inch Monitor: $259.99 $149.99 at Dell
Save $110 –
For a limited time, you can get the Dell S2721HN monitor on sale for only $149.99. That’s a massive $110 discount and the lowest price we’ve found for the 27-inch LED display.
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LG WP60G-B 29-inch UltraWide Monitor: $249.99 $196.99 at Amazon
Save $53 –
If you’re a student looking for an ultra-wide display, Amazon has the LG 29-inch monitor on sale for $196.99, thanks to today’s $53 discount. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for the 29-inch HD monitor, which features a 3-sided virtually borderless display.
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HP V28 4K 28-inch Monitor: $379.99 $259.99 at Amazon
Save $120 –
Amazon has the HP V28 monitor on sale for a record-low price of $259.99. The 28-inch Ultra HD 4K monitor offers 4x the pixels of Full HD for a superior picture experience.
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Back to school sales: backpack deals

Marvel Spider-Man Backpack: $24.99 $19.99 at Walmart
Save $5 –
Walmart has the best-selling Marvel Spider-Man backpack on sale for just $19.99. That’s a great price for a 16-inch kids backpack which includes two front compartments and mesh side pockets on the sides to carry water bottles and other items.
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Champion Manuscript Backpack: $40 $23.99 at Walmart
Save $16 –
You can score a massive 40% discount on the popular Champion Manuscript backpack at Walmart. That’s the lowest price we’ve found for the heather grey backpack which includes an interior slip laptop sleeve, a side water bottle pocket and a front zip pocket.
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BOPAI 15-inch Super Slim Laptop Backpack: $89 $50.40 at Amazon
Save $40 –
The top-rated Bopai backpack is on sale for a record-low price of $50.40 thanks to the additional 10% discount you can apply at checkout. Perfect for college students, the super slip backpack is waterproof and protects up to a 15-inch laptop with a soft flannel compartment.
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JanSport Cool Student Backpack: $54.95 $42.63 at Amazon
Get the Amazon’s Choice JanSport Student Backpack on sale for $42.63 – the best price you can find right now. The classic backpack includes pouches and compartments for school accessories and features a 15-inch laptop sleeve.
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Back to school sales: dorm room deals

Eureka Multi-surface Stick Vacuum Cleaner: $39 $34.88 at Walmart
Save $5 –
A fantastic price, Walmart has the Eureka stick vacuum on sale for just $34.88. Perfect if you need to clean a small space, the multi-surface vacuum works on carpets and surface floors and converts to a hand vac for quick and convenient pick-ups.
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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker: $79.99 $68.39 at Amazon
Save $11
– Amazon has the highly-rated Keurig K-Mini on sale for just $68.39, which is the best deal you can find right now and a fantastic price for a Keurig coffee maker. The K-mini brews a cup in minutes, and at less than five inches wide, it’s great for smaller kitchens.
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Comfee Countertop Microwave Oven: $72.99 $64.99 at Amazon
Save $8 –
If you’re looking to pick up a cheap microwave, Amazon has this Comfee countertop microwave on sale for just $64.99. That’s the best deal we’ve all year and a fantastic price for a compact microwave that features 700 watts of power and 11 preset levels.
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Frigidaire Mini Fridge with Top Freezer: $299.99 $189 at Best Buy
Save $110 –
Best Buy has a massive $110 discount on the top-rated Frigidaire mini-fridge. A perfect addition to the dorm, the compact Frigidaire features a built-in can rack and full-width freezer and is down to its lowest price ever.
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Back to school sales: headphone deals

AirPods with wired charging case: $159 $119 at Amazon
Save $40 –
We only see prices drop below this $119 position during major sales events like Black Friday, but before June we were more accustomed to a $130 price. That means you’re still getting a great deal on the standard 2019 AirPods here, even if they have dropped down to $99 before. You can also grab the AirPods with wireless charging case for $159.98 (was $199). View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: $199.99 $169.99 at Amazon
Save $30 –
 The latest true wireless earbuds from Samsung, the Galaxy Buds Pro offer up active noise cancellation, IPX7 waterproofing, and AKG audio. This is a return to the lowest price we’ve seen, though it only applies to the violet color option.View Deal

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: $299.99 $149 at Walmart
Save $150 –
Walmart has the best-selling Beats Solo Pro on sale for a record-low price of $149, thanks to this massive $150 discount we’ve spotted at Walmart. This deal applies to the Black color, which you can’t find at Best Buy or Amazon at this price.
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Apple AirPods Pro: $249 $197 at Amazon
Save $52 –
Amazon has the best-selling AirPods Pro back in stock and on sale for $197. The wireless earbuds sold out during Prime Day and have been flashing in and out of stock as of late, so while this isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, it’s still a decent discount and the best deal you can find right now.
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Apple AirPods Max: $549 $477.82 at Amazon
Save $72 –
We’ve spotted the powerful Apple AirPods Max on sale for a record-low price of $477.82 at Amazon – $20 less than the precious all-time low. The over-ear headphones feature active noise cancellation to block out unwanted noise and provide up to 20 hours of battery life. This deal only applies to the Space Gray headphones.
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Back to school sales: smartwatch deals

Fitbit Charge 4: $149.95 $98.95 at Amazon
Save –
Amazon has the Fitbit Charge 4 on sale for $98.95 which is the lowest price you can find right now for the feature-rich activity tracker. The water-resistant Charge 4 offers 24/7 heart rate tracking and tracks popular workouts, activity, sleep, and calories burned.
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Apple Watch SE: $279 $269 at Amazon
Save $30 –
Amazon has the Apple Watch SE on sale for $269 which is the best price you can find right now for the affordable smartwatch. Today’s offer applies to the White sport band and – in our eyes – is the better choice than the Apple Watch 6 as it comes with Fitness Plus and sheds the unnecessary ECG and blood oxygen tracking.
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Apple Watch Series 6 GPS, 40mm: $399 $349 at Amazon
Save $50 –
Amazon has the Apple Watch Series 6 on sale for $349 – only $20 more than the record-low price and the best deal you can find right now. Previously that cost has been reserved for the Project Red model, but you’ll find a wide range of colors up for grabs in today’s Apple Watch deals.
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