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Style & Living Back to School

Back-to-School Fire Sale! 18 Major Deals You Don't Want to Miss This Weekend

Sale! Sale! Sale!

By Amanda Hawkins

Lucky for you, it’s Labor Day Weekend! Which means a three-day weekend and lots of sales to browse and shop for things you do and absolutely do not need. Unlucky for you, that means school is just around the corner and it’s time to get back into that dreaded routine. But lucky for you, you can stock up on must-haves like notebooks and pencils, electronics, clothes, shoes, and more. (Unlucky for your credit card.)

So get lucky and start shopping!

1. Jansport SuperBreak Backpack

If your kids are anything like me when I was a child, then they absolutely must have a new backpack every year. Thankfully, Penney's is having a huge back-to-school blow out sale, including simple backpacks that are cheap enough to last a season but durable enough to survive the school year. Jansport has 12 stylish colors and patterns to choose from.

BUY FROM: JCPenney, SALE $35.99 (Regularly $48, 25% Off!)

2. Get it Together Backpack

New school year, who this? It's a new backpack! And this one is darling enough for both your kiddo and for you. What's more, if you spend $50 at, you receive a free gift of your choice and free shipping.

BUY FROM:, SALE $49 (Regularly $65, 30% Off!)

3. Rough Draft Mini Notebook

One of the only ways to get motivated to take notes? A cute notebook, of course! The future is looking mighty bright with's colorful pad. And 160 lined pages are sure to be filled pretty quickly, so grab a few before the price goes back up.

BUY FROM:, SALE $9 (Regularly $12, 25% Off!)

4. Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens

You can bet that Staples is having a mega sale before school starts. And what better to go with new notebooks than rainbow-colored pens? Save more than 40% on this 14-pack of pens that range from practical black to vibrant yellow and pink for the doodles of your dreams.

BUY FROM: Staples, SALE $15 (Regularly $25.99, 42% Off!)

5. Staples Composition Notebook

There's nothing like a classic Composition notebook. They're so lame that they're like, actually cool. Right? At least that's what I'm telling myself as I stock up on 10 of these to fulfill my Harriet the Spy dreams.

BUY FROM: Staples, SALE $0.50 (Regularly $3.29, 85% Off!)

6. TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator

Calculators. So sexy. So practical. So expensive! Thankfully, most brands are extending their BTS sale to include electronics, too. Save 33% on this graphing calculator for your high schoolers.

BUY FROM: Target, SALE $99.99 with code "LABORDAY" (Regularly $149.99, 33% Off!)

7. Gumball Desk Lamp

Let there be light! If you're about to spend late nights at your desk trying to decipher your kids' homework, at least you can work by the light of a stylish lamp. Silver and black are classics that'll match most office decor, but we're partial to the trendy mint green. Plus, it has a built in outlet so you can charge your phone for quick Instagram and Facebook breaks while you silently curse Common Core.

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, SALE $34.99 (Regularly $69, 50% Off!)

8. Lenovo Yoga 710 Touch-Screen Laptop

Is it a tablet or is a computer? Well, it's a touch-screen laptop. At 11.6-inches with a 128GB hard drive, it's the perfect size for upcoming back-to-school projects for all ages.

BUY FROM: Best Buy, SALE $549.99 (Regularly $699.99, 21% Off!)

9. Light-Up LED Fidget Spinner

As long as fidget spinners aren't banned at your kid's school yet, get the most high-tech fidget spinner you can. And when they are inevitably taken away from your child, you'll have a fun new toy to play with, too.

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, SALE $6 (Regularly $10, 40% Off!)

10. Rhino Paracord Sync Cord

Why are charging cords so short? Luckily, plenty of brands sell longer ones. This one comes in 10 colors and is more than six feet long, which means you can roll around in bed without unplugging your phone. Our fave is obviously rose gold, because you should be able to charge in style.

BUY FROM: Overstock, SALE $14.84 (Regularly $25.67, 42% Off!)

11. Titanium LCD Waterproof Sport Watch

Starting today (Friday, September 1) through September 10, Nordstrom is offering up to 40% off clothing for children, men, and women. This includes tech accessories, like titanium sports watches, available in pink or mint green.

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, SALE $7.98 (Regularly $20, 60% Off!)

12. Black Framed Magnetic Chalkboard

Tackle organizing and office decor at the same time with a magnetic chalkboard. Write out schedules, hang up projects and pictures, and pretend you're going to finally get organized once and for all.

BUY FROM: Overstock, SALE $30.14 (Regularly $37.99, 20% Off!)

13. Malin Mule

Running around doing back-to-school errands? Maxed out your credit cards on new stuff for the kids? Treat yourself while staying comfortable with a pair of trendy mules from the comfort king himself, Dr. Scholl's.

BUY FROM: Dr. Scholl's, SALE $75.98 (Regularly $108, 30% Off!)

14. Patagonia Los Gatos Fuzzy Fleece Hoodie

Yes, it's still technically summer, but it's never too early to stock up on jackets and coats for chillier days. With Nordstrom offering up to 40% off on clothing, beauty, and home goods, now is as good a time as any to visit the website. Grab essentials like winter jackets now because when they go up in price in a few months, you'll be cursing that you didn't. Case in point: This simple fleece is perfect for September nights.

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, SALE $47.40 (Regularly $79, 40% Off!)

15. Patagonia Snowbelle Insulated Jacket

And for older girls, grab Patagonia's insulated jacket that's perfect for snowier days in a few months.

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, SALE $119.40 (Regularly $199, 40% Off!)

16. Intelligent Design LITA Microfiber Sheet Set

Whomever invented dorm mattresses needs to explain themselves! Because, this is the only time in your life that you'll need to purchase an extra long twin sheet set, don't splurge. Save nearly 50% on this microfiber set that comes with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.

BUY FROM: JCPenney, SALE $$34.99 (Regularly $65, 46% Off!)

17. Bino Glass Water Bottle

Because staying hydrated is even more important when taking exams, writing papers, and hustling back and forth between classes. The glass bottle holds 20-ounces of water and is protected by a silicone sleeve in blue, pink, or green.

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, SALE $16 (Regularly $20, 20% Off!)

18. Keurig K50 Classic Series Coffeemaker

It's a new school year, which means more cups of coffee. Whether you grab this for your teen as they head off to college, or you need to get a second coffee maker for those impending early mornings, you can't beat the classic Keurig coffeemaker. Stay caffeinated, my friend.

BUY FROM: Best Buy, SALE $69.99 (Regularly $109.99, 36% Off!)

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