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For a generation of students, the phrase "summer is over" is the most dreaded one ever. But it's true: The fall 2017 semester is imminent!
The beginning of August marks the official back-to-school season and it's accompanied by a flood of incredible back-to-school sales on everything from school supplies to apparel and electronics.
I am in my early 30s now and I remember the back-to-school days in my home country, Venezuela. I always wanted the latest "Disney Movie" backpack, and all the supplies that came with it; the Princess Belle lunch bag, the Beast pencils, and of course all the notebooks with images of the beauty and the beast.
I always looked forward to back-to-school shopping with my parents every year. Lucky for them, computers and other electronics were not big back then or even a necessity for homework, I would just use my typewriter for my important assignments.
If you are a parent in this digital era, I feel for your pockets, and If your kids are going back to school this fall then you already know what's coming… the inevitable "Mom, Dad, can I have this overly priced Spiderman backpack pleeeaaase?" or "Mom, I really need this laptop for school work, not for social media or anything else, for homework, I swear!" Sound familiar?
Recently I came across an online article that claimed the average American spends over $210.00 per child and about $430.00 per family on back-to-school shopping, according to a recent survey from offers.com. All I could think about was, "ouch," especially if you have a couple of kids, that's a lot of dough.
I don't have kids (yet!) but I know a lot of our readers do, so I decided to come up with a short list of the best back-to-school sales of 2017 to help you outfit your youngsters for a successful back-to-school season.
Amazon Sales: Do not miss out on this! To celebrate the back-to-school season Amazon is taking up to 80% off school essentials. This includes basic school supplies, kid's apparel, electronics and more. Visit amazon.com today to take advantage of this incredible deal.
Target Sales: According to target's website School supplies starting at $0.99 Character backpacks with a lunch bag and a pencil pouch starting at $14.00 Save $5 when you spend $50 on school supplies and use Order Pickup. Kids Clothing Deals: Free $5 gift card when you spend $25.00 Free $10 gift card when you spend $40.00 Free shipping for online purchases of over $35.00 BOGO 50% off select kids' shoes. Check out target.com for more offers and deals.
Kmart: This year, Kmart is holding a back-to-school sale on apparel, electronics and school supplies. Remarkable deals include: Character Princesses Girls' 5-piece backpack set on sale for $16.00. Disney Frozen Character 5-Piece Backpack set on sale for $16.00 Crayola Classic Colors 8-19 ct. markers for $1.00 Select 1 subject 70 page notebooks for $0.25.
Old Navy Sales: Looking for good quality and affordable apparel? Look no further. Old Navy is hosting a "Back To Cool" sale on apparel for kids, teens and adults alike. Highlights from the sale include: Up to 50% off kids' and baby apparel. Up to 50% off adult tops, jeans, shirts and shorts. Jeans starting at $10.00 T-shirts from $4. Dresses for $8.00
Apple Sales: Apple is currently running some great back-to-school promotions, and it rewards qualifying shoppers with freebies on select purchases. This year if you buy a Mac or iPad Pro, Apple will supply the beats. Get Beats wireless headphones when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad for college. You can also save up to $300 on any eligible Mac computer. If you trade in your current Mac you can get up to $1500 in credit.
Microsoft Sales: They refuse to be outdone by Apple, so Microsoft is also drawing a lot of shoppers with their own set of back-to-school sales. Some of the main offers include: 10 percent off Surface devices for eligible students, faculty and staff at universities and colleges. One free year of Office 365 Personal with any Surface Laptop purchase.
Best Buy Sales: Best Buy is offering an impressive series of back-to-school deals. To access student-only offers, you must create a Best Buy account. Some of the great deals include: $100 off select MacBook and iMac models. $125 off select computers. 10% off select Surface devices.