The 15 Best Back-to-School Deals for Students and Teachers of 2021

From class materials, art supplies, stationery, and more

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Now that the academic season is underway, we’ve stopped updating this post with back-to-school sales and can’t promise the ones below are still available. Check back later for updated deals.

Back-to-school season is in full swing, which means that it's time to check out the best sales for students and teachers. Even if you don't quite fit into these categories, chances are that you'll still be able to find deals on the office supplies and home goods that you've been eyeing. The great thing about back-to-school sales is that they're not just limited to a few days like Black Friday or Labor Day—the sales go on for at least a few weeks and feature a wide range of essentials, not just classroom-specific items. 

Whether you want to fulfill a school supply checklist, load up on craft products, or check out the best tech gear, you might wonder how to get deals. Ahead, we show you how to navigate the ins and outs of back-to-school shopping and where to find the best sales.

Plus, as September moves closer, we'll continue to update this story with more deals as they happen.

Bed Bath & Beyond

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Noise-cancelling headphones can be a great tool for studying.

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From now through September 30, college-enrolled students can sign up for a College Savings Pass to get 20 percent off purchases with no catches. The deal also comes with free shipping for purchases over $39, so stock up on bedding, furniture, and other dorm room essentials.

The Home Depot

Female college student studying at laptop on bed in dorm room
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After a long study session, there's nothing like comfortable bedding to get much-deserved rest. The Home Depot's Back-to-Class promotion features a bevy of deals, including up to 30 percent off StyleWell bedding and up to 50 percent off select mattress toppers.


Girl with backpack walks to school with her mom.
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Browse deals on backpacks, gym clothes, and more from Macy's for the back-to-school season. Get an extra 20 to 60 percent off back-to-school gear. With a $25 purchase or more, you'll also be eligible for free shipping through October 30.


Pen + Gear Composition Book

Courtesy of Walmart

If you need to stock up on affordable school supplies, Walmart offers some of the most competitive deals this back-to-school season, with basic craft supplies starting from $0.25. Also, keep an eye out for backpacks starting from $10 and tech essentials starting from $15.


Oakley Prescription Glasses

Courtesy Oakley

Between reading, Zooming, and notetaking, students may want to upgrade their glasses or sunnies. Right now, get 50 percent off Oakley's prescription lenses and receive free shipping when you order.


TRU RED 1-Subject Notebook

Courtesy of Staples

Get classroom essentials at Staples, where select school supplies such as notebooks and crayons start as low as $0.50. Don't forget to check out Staples’ Daily Deals page for discounts on computers, tech accessories, and furniture pieces, either.


Dyson Vacuum

Courtesy of Dyson

Right now, take $100 off the Dyson Pure Cool Link DP01 purifying desk fan, and several Dyson vacuums. Dyson home technology is perfect for keeping your space clean, whether that's your dorm room or home. This particular appliance removes 99.97 percent of pollutants and allergens and provides a much-needed breeze for those warm after-school evenings.


Nike Air Force 1 LV8 (Big Kids)

Courtesy of Nike

Put your best foot forward this fall with up to 40 percent off select styles from Nike—including shoes! No code needed.

Under Armour

Under Armour Sports Mask
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Right now, take up to 25 percent off select backpack styles such as the UA Hustle 5.0 Backpack, a tough, water-repellent pick for heading back to class (or those after-school gym sessions). Also, be sure to get up to 25 percent off other items from the Under Armour Outlet page.

Design Within Reach

mid-century living room design within reach

Courtesy of Design Within Reach

Take 15 percent off sofas, chairs, home decor, and more during Design Within Reach's Living Room Sale.


CASPER Nova Foam Mattress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Now through September 7, take 10 percent off pillows, sheets, and bundles and 15 percent off select mattresses on Casper. Whether it's time to swap out your bedding for fall or you're looking to update your mattress, this sale has something for everyone.


Saatva mattress

Courtesy of Saatva

Ring in the school year with a comfy mattress from Saatva. Now through August 30, take $200 off your total mattress purchase of $925 or more.


Frontgate Danson Teak Dining Table

Courtesy of Frontgate

Now through August 30, take up to 20 percent off indoor furniture at Frontgate. From rugs to stools, there are a handful of beautiful items to shop for less. Plus, spend over $99 and you'll get free shipping on your order. Just use code 99SHIP0821 at checkout.

The Container Store

The Container Store

Right now, take 20 percent off a handful of storage essentials. Stock up on versatile three-tier rolling carts and storage bins for organizing all your supplies.


Snake Plant
Courtesy of 1800 Flowers.

Brighten up your home office or dorm space with a plant from 1800Flowers. Now through September 12, use code WORKPLANT20 at checkout to save 20 percent.

When Does Back-to-School Shopping Start?

Most sales start at the end of July, and peak back-to-school season is around August when many schools go back in session. If you're looking specifically for supplies such as pencils, notebooks, and more, the end of July and the beginning of August are the best times to start looking at deals. Stores will roll out deals for electronics, furniture, and other items around August. 

When Do Back-to-School Sales Start in 2021? 

Back-to-school sales are well on their way in 2021, with some stores having started as early as the beginning of July—that said, you'll definitely still be able to catch many deals over the next few weeks. 

How Long Do Back-to-School Sales Last? 

Deals usually last through August and early September. For parents or crafters who want to stock up on supplies, it's helpful to stay vigilant around the middle and end of September. "[Back-to-school sales] last mostly [until] August, and [we] start to see them clearanced out in September," Pe added. 

What Stores Have the Best Back-to-School Sales? 

Big-box stores such as Walmart and Target feature rotating back-to-school deals each week for standard school supplies—think glues, pens, pencil pouches, and more. Office supply stores such as Staples also offer store-wide promotions on stationery in addition to printing supplies, office chairs, and tech accessories. Students and parents should also look at sales from Apple and Best Buy for electronics, which we'll talk more about later. 

What Can I Shop For That's On Sale Now?

We’ve highlighted some stores with the best back-to-school sales we've seen so far, so make sure to bookmark this page as we continue to update it with more deals.

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