Back to school sales are starting early this year. Inflation, stock shortages, and shipping delays are causing retailers to get an early start on their back to school sales for 2022.
Although we’re typically wary of early deals, this year things are a little different. Apple’s 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, for instance, are seeing shipping delays that stretch into August. Covid lockdowns throughout China are also causing shipping delays on everything from monitors to gaming rigs.
As a result, we’re recommending consumers start their back to school shopping early this year. While the best back to school sales are usually offered in late July, if you’re shopping for a particular device your best bet is to secure it on sale early and avoid any potential shipping delays. Plus, with early Prime Day deals now live, there are a lot of opportunities to save.
Below we’re rounding up the best back to school deals on everything from Chromebooks to dorm-friendly coffee machines. So whether you’re shopping for a new laptop or your first mattress, here are today’s best early back to school sales.
(We also have a complete back to school gift guide for every budget).
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Early back to school sales
When do back to school sales begin
Back to school sales begin in early July and run through early September. Unlike Labor Day or Memorial Day, which last a few days, the back to school season lasts for multiple weeks. However, keep in mind that some of the best sales tend to occur mid-July. By the time September begins, most of the highly sought after deals have expired or simply gone out of stock.
Where are the best back to school sales
Laptops, Bluetooth speakers, Chromebooks, and tablets are among the best back to school sales you’ll find during the back to school season. Some of our favorite laptops, such as the MacBook Air M1, are already seeing price cuts of up to $100. Meanwhile, stores like Walmart and Wayfair are slashing the price of various dorm room essentials like coffee makers, cheap bedding sets, and more.
What should I buy for back to school supplies
Some of the most popular back to school supplies include arts and crafts materials (for younger students) and laptops or headphones for high school or college bound students. College bound students may also be interested in dorm room supplies like storage containers, bedding sets, office chairs, and desk lamps. Most students will also require a laptop bag or backpack. Make sure to check out our best backpacks for college guide for the best sales and picks.