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How to Avoid Overspending at Back-to-School Sales
The start of a new school year means lots of back-to-school sales. And, of course, plenty of frazzled parents scrambling to buy everything their kids need.
Retailers use this to their advantage by advertising the usual back-to-school shopping events with low prices on classroom essentials. But while these back-to-school sales do offer some solid savings, it's important to always shop around to make sure you’re getting the best price.
We've rounded up some recent back-to-school deals and compared them to deals seen on the Slickdeals forums from around the same timeframe. It's really not about planning ahead in February for the next school year, but rather checking with Slickdeals for discounts when you're ready to shop.
Could you have gotten a better deal on back-to-school supplies? Let's find out.
Category Comparison: Computers & Tablets
Average Retail Price: $999.99
Back-to-School Deal Price: $899.99 (August)
Price Seen on Slickdeals: $649.99 to $699.99 (June)
Price Difference Between Deals: $200 to $250
But we saw this same model on sale for $699.99 (or $649.99 with a unique $50 off coupon) back in June.
Apple iPad Mini 4 WiFi Tablet
Average Retail Price: $399
Back-to-School Deal Price: $337.99 (August)
Price Seen on Slickdeals: $274.99 (August)
Price Difference Between Deals: $63
If you bought the 128GB Apple iPad Mini 4 at Walmart for $337.99, you saved $61 off retail.
Category Comparison: Clothing & Footwear
Average Retail Price: $20 each
Back-to-School Deal Price: 2/$20 (or $10 each) + $8.95 shipping (August)
Price Seen on Slickdeals: 2/$14 (or $7 each) + free shipping (August)
Price Difference Between Deals: $14.95
Our forums are always buzzing about special price breaks at Kohl's -- especially for cardholders.
The store's graphic tees for juniors have had a typical back-to-school sale price of two for $20 for the last month, but Slickdealers used stackable codes to get these basics for only $7 each (with free shipping to boot).
Average Retail Price: $79.99
Back-to-School Deal Price: $39.99-$74.99 (August)
Price Seen on Slickdeals: 2/$25.50 or $12.75 each (June)
Price Difference Between Deals: $27.24-$62.24
Slickdealers, however, enjoyed a better bargain through the official Adidas eBay store when these shoes went for only $12.75 a pair in June.
Category Comparison: Backpacks
Average Retail Price: $40
Back-to-School Deal Price: $15.99 (August)
Price Seen on Slickdeals: $7.99 or 2/$15.98 (September)
Price Difference Between Deals: $8 per backpack or $16 for two
Kohl's $15.99 FILA Argus 2 Mesh Backpack was included in the store's Epic Deals sale in August, but Slickdealers saw this very same backpack priced at two for $15.98 (or $7.99 each) in early September using stackable coupon codes.
Category Comparison: Dorm Decor
Average Retail Price: $40
Back-to-School Deal Price: $16.99 (August)
Price Seen on Slickdeals: $10.49 (August)
Price Difference Between Deals: $6.50
Average Retail Price: $130
Back-to-School Deal Price: $39.99 (August)
Price Seen on Slickdeals: $27.99 (June)
Price Difference Between Deals: $12
But savvy Slickdealers had the opportunity to buy select 8-pc. styles for only $28 in June.
How to Use Slickdeals to Save Big Year-Round
These back-to-school comparisons are just one example of how Slickdeals can save you money year-round. Using our site helps you find the best possible prices on pretty much anything and everything your family needs.
Just set a Deal Alert for specific stores and items on your wish list, and we'll notify you about any relevant offers.
You can also check out our store pages for exclusive coupon codes, or browse our Frontpage Deals and Forums for the hottest discounts. You can even narrow down our deals by category (e.g., Back to School or Office & School Supplies).
Based on the comparisons listed above, back-to-school shoppers potentially saved over $400 total on their purchases just by using Slickdeals!
Have you fallen victim to subpar back-to-school sales? Share your hits and misses in the comments section below!
Any product or service prices/offers that appear in this article are accurate at time of publish, and are subject to change without notice. Please verify the actual selling price and offer details on the merchant’s site before making a purchase.