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Everything related to back-to-school shopping is on sale. Kids’ jackets, backpacks, lunchboxes, and even laptops are at bargain basement prices.
Everything related to back-to-school shopping is on sale. Kids’ jackets, backpacks, lunchboxes, and even laptops are at bargain basement prices. / Ryan McVay, Getty Images

If the signs plastered in every department store haven’t tipped you off, we’ll let you in on a little secret: This month, everything related to back-to-school shopping is on sale. Kids’ jackets, shoes, lunchboxes, notebooks and even laptops are at bargain basement prices. Look for:

Clothing. Most major retailers seize upon this month to slash prices 30% to 50% for school-related items, including kids’ shoes, jackets and casual wear. It’s also a great time for a savvy shopper to scan the racks for end-of-season bathing suit sales or other summer clearance items. Rule of thumb: True back-to-school discounts are usually at least 50%. The deeper into August you can wait, the better the deals.

Supplies. During August, both Target and Walmart stock an overload of school must-haves for kids of every age: lunch boxes, backpacks and binders for the elementary school set, dorm room essentials like futons and desk lamps for college-bound coeds. (Ever try to purchase dorm room furniture at a big box store in, say, February? Good luck!)

Laptops. Computer stores have started offering back-to-school deals for the university crowd with proof of a student I.D. Some wireless carriers also offer competitive rates for college students and their families. Just ask!

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