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Savings: Big Brands' Best Back-to-School Sales

Elizabeth Hoyt

July 10, 2018

Savings: Big Brands' Best Back-to-School Sales
These top brands’ back to school sales allow you to set up your semester with style while saving.
These stores take back to school to the next level: helping you get all of the essentials for college and stylize your semester, from start to finish. With so much competition online, brick-and-mortar stores are making it easier than ever to shop online and pick up in a store at your convenience. That means you can forget about packing up the car for college. Instead, do all of your shopping online and arrange to pick up your items at a store location right near campus! Offering back to school checklists of items, college searching tools to verify what you need (and what you don’t) and style guides, these retailers want to get your back to school business more than ever.
Here are some of the student promotions and back to school planning tools offered to help you prepare for college:


Amazon's a great one-stop-shop for everything you need. And, with constant deals and promotions, including those exclusive to students, you can be sure you'll save on your back to school shopping - and shipping, too! Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
Prime Student: Free 6-Month Trial with Free Two-Day Shipping, Exclusive Student Deals & Promotions and More
Amazon Smile: Amazon donates to your charity of choice when you shop on Amazon via


In addition to offering a 10% Student Discount, ASOS have sales, offers and promotions to help you save on brands you love.

Bed, Bath & Beyond

Bed, Bath & Beyond allows you to sign up for college emails and offers based on your school year. They publish annual college checklists, which are super helpful – for both campus (dorm) and apartment moves. You’re also able to locate your school’s informational guidelines on what to bring, what’s provided by the school and what’s not allowed within student housing. Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
Campus Move-In Events:
Bed, Bath & Beyond are hosting college move-in events at campuses across the country, where they have pop-up shops with best selling items for sale. • Campus Ready Events:
Get campus ready with shopping events exclusively for students in your area. • College/University Registries:
Get the items you really want and need for college by creating a college registry.

Best Buy

When you create a Best Buy account, sign up for “College Student Deals” and you’ll receive emails with monthly coupons you can use both online and in store. They also have a “Back to School Savings” section which you don’t need coupons for! The site also has college tech checklists available to ensure you get the most bang for your buck, electronically speaking. Remember, Best Buy will price match, too! Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
Student Deals:
Exclusive savings on current prices when you sign up for student deals. • Student Hub:
Visit Best Buy's Student Hub section where you can find student deals, tech to impress and more.

The Container Store®

The container store has a helpful dorm checklist, dorm tips and tricks and, there’s even a feature that allows you to search dorm room guidelines by school so you’ll be able to verify all your new gear is approved. Plus, you are able to shop online and get items sent directly to your campus or pick them up at a location close to your campus. Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
20% off in July/August:
Sign up for an exclusive offer - students and parents receive 20% off in July and August. • Free Shipping When You Spend $75 or More:
Qualify for free shipping when you spend $75 or more at The Container Store.


Dell always offers amazing promotions for students of all ages, as well as university employees. Make sure you check out all their Dell University deals, coupon code offers and promotions to save on all your Dell purchases. Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
Black Friday in July:
Find extra savings and door-buster deals on laptops, desktop, electronics and more. • Member Exclusive Store:
Members receive exclusive deals and discounts. • Extra 20% Off with Coupon:
Register on to receive an exclusive coupon code. • Get up to 6% Back:
Earn up to 6% back on financed purchases or up to 3% back on purchases, no financing required.


IKEA believes "an empty nest shouldn't empty your wallet. For parents and students alike, college moving day is bittersweet." Luckily, "Whether you're a student headed off to college or a parent sending one there, we're here to help you get a handle on this exciting time." Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
Join IKEA Family for Exclusive Offers


Kohl’s offers free shipping with a $75 purchase and options to get rewards and Kohl’s cash. You’re able to shop online and pick up your items at a store near campus. Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
• 15%, 20% or 30% off your purchase when you use a Kohl’s charge. • Daily Deals. • Save 15% When You Sign Up for Kohl's Texts
Text SAVE07 to 56457.

Office Depot / Office Max

Offering great gear for great prices, you can gear up for school with weekly back-to-school deals, member rewards and more. Find big back-to-school savings on items you need. Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
Deal Center:
Save with deals and rebates on featured items. • Sign Up & Save:
New email subscribers get 20% off one qualifying item when you sign up to receive emails • Free Delivery:
Receive free delivery on qualifying orders. • Members Only Savings:
Members receive $20 off $125 or $40 off $250, along with other exclusive savings.

Pottery Barn and PB Teen

With promotions like sales on bedding and free shipping on storage items, Pottery Barn and PB Teen have sections, like PBDorm, with college options galore. The site also includes tips and ideas, along with free design services to help you make the most of your space. PBDorm also has a ship-to-store feature so you can pick up your items close to campus. Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
25-50% Off Gear + It Ships Free
25-75% Off Bedding
Deals on Back-to-School Essentials:
Up to 50% off decor, storage, bath and beauty, and more. • Free Shipping:
Receive free shipping on your PBTeen order with code: GOFORIT. • Save 15% When You Join the Email List


Arrive college ready with Staples! With a 100% price match guarantee, Staples offers you the same price and extra credit to ensure they offer the best prices. They also offer 1-hour store pickup, where you are able to shop online and pick up your order in stores. Check out college deals and promotions*, such as:
Daily Deals Center:
Find new deals and savings daily in the daily deal center. • Coupons:
Before you check out, check out Staples' coupon section.


On, you are able to make a college registry so your family and friends can help you get all the college essentials. They also have a college checklist available to help ensure you get everything you need for your big move. Check out deals, savings and promotions* on college essentials, such as:
Up to 25% off home items
Save 15% on College Order Pick-Ups
Save 15% off on must-have college items
15% Off Remaining Registry Items:
Create a college registry and get 15% off all remaining items when you shop online. • Cartwheel by Target: Download Target's savings App for for iOS or Android


Walmart’s college dorm living section allows you to download a checklist for dorm living or apartment living. You’re also able to create your very own college wishlist, which your family and friends can search under your name to help you prepare for school with all of the gear you’ve chosen. Check out deals* and savings on college essentials, such as:
Major in Savings:
Get college prepped with savings on college essentials. • Special Buys:
Spectacular savings on certain items while supplies last. • Pickup Discount:
Shop items marked Free Pickup + Discount and save more.

West Elm

You can also take advantage of student/teacher status by Signing up with your email, where students and teachers receive 15% next purchase after sign up. Check out deals* and savings on college essentials, such as:
Free Shipping on Bedding, Pillows & Throws or Order over $149
Free shipping with code DREAMY. • Back-to-School Essentials:
Deals on back to school essentials from West Elm. *Note: All specials listed are subject to change and may vary based on sales, qualifications and availability. Please check individual site details to verify.

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