Essential Items to Stock Up On Before School Starts


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The best categories for deals on back-to-school items are laptops, clothing and cheap furniture, according to Mark LoCastro, a shopping expert from

“August is a great time for discounts on these items because there’s a convergence of end-of-summer clearance and back-to-school sales,” he said.

Back-to-school laptop sales typically begin in late June, ramp up in July, and begin to wane in September, LoCastro said, adding that sales typically come in the form of site-wide discounts, laptop bundles, or deals on individual systems.

Stores including Apple offer education pricing for students and teachers, so bring your school ID.

Apple started advertising its school deals in late July: get a $50 Apple Store Gift Card when you buy an iPad or iPhone for college; or a $100 gift card when you buy a Mac computer.

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