Not going back to school? That doesn’t mean you can’t cash in on all of the deals during back-to-school season. With stores promoting products and services for college-bound co-eds, there are plenty of goods to go around. We’ve scoped out the best ways to get a deal for the post-grad set so you can get your hands on the things you need now for less.
1. Fashion Necessities
Now that you know how to transition your wardrobe, this is the time to pick up what you need to complete your closet. Stores nationwide are having back-to -school sales and won’t be asking for a student ID when you reach the register. Most retailers offer discounts on apparel, shoes, and accessories until mid-September with discounts anywhere from 10% to 65% off and free shipping offers online.
2. Easy Organization
If your home office—or your junk drawer—need organizing, now is the time to stock up on office supplies. Circulars abound with deals on anything from pens and pencils (you can never have too many), to notebooks perfect for organizing recipes or keeping track of your finances, to binders and folders where you can keep receipts, tax information, or whatever other papers you have laying on the kitchen table. Stores such as OfficeMax, Staples, and even Walgreens and CVS are overflowing with supplies for back to school with prices that are just too good to pass up.
3. Home Spruces
While you’re no longer living in a dorm room, chances are you could still use those basics, like a new set of sheets or a garbage can. Regardless of whether you’re in need a few essentials or are looking to redecorate a space in your home, now is the time to buy those small furniture items you’ve been looking for. The trick here is to wait until just after the back to school mania, when dorm essentials get marked down even more. The best places to go for these finds are stores like Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, or Walmart. These stores manufacture cheap but chic merchandise for the college crowd, which is much more wallet-friendly than a big time furniture store. They’re also likely to carry a wider variety of items at a range of price point, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for without breaking your budget.
4. Essential Electronics
Another department where you can really save during back-to-school is electronics. Most retailers offer deals on new computers that include a free printer or a free iPod. While some stores, like Apple, require you to submit education information for discounts, others don’t, allowing you to save big money on these pricey purchases. Places to look include Best Buy and Circuit City. Both offer back-to-school and end-of-summer savings on anything from flat screen TVs to laptops.
Also, many states offer a tax-free back-to-school weekend or week where certain larger purchases come sans tax for a limited time. Check with your state’s Department of Revenue to see if your state is eligible and save more on those big purchases. You should also check for store partnerships. For example, when you shop at OfficeMax this season, you’ll receive a coupon for savings at Payless… and at Payless you’ll receive a coupon for OfficeMax. Remember to check circulars, browse the Internet for coupons, and look for ads on TV. If there is a time to really save, it’s during back-to-school, whether or not you’re going back.
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