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Back-to-School sales January 2019

Spend big on their education, not their educational equipment, with these back-to-school sales.

Getting them ready for another year of school this year should be a pain-free process... for yourself and your hip pocket. There's more than a handful of back-to-school sales happening online and in-store that will save you a bundle while ensuring that the back-to-school shop is a quick and painless process.

From school shoes to stationery, these online stores can kit your kid up ready for another year of schooling.

What to buy online at back-to-school sales

School Shoes

Most schools require a pair of standard black shoes for school days and a pair of runners for sports day. Read more on where to buy school shoes here.

Boys' Earl Junior Leather School Shoes
Boys' Earl Junior Leather School Shoes

Target Australia

CLARKS Intrigue Senior Mary Jane With Buckle
CLARKS Intrigue Senior Mary Jane With Buckle

David Jones

CLARKS Harison Indy II Lace Up School Shoe
CLARKS Harison Indy II Lace Up School Shoe

David Jones

Eliza Junior T-Bar Leather School Shoes
Eliza Junior T-Bar Leather School Shoes

Target Australia

Stationery

School utensils like workbooks, pencils and mathematical equipment are required from Kindergarten through to university. Read more on where to buy school stationery here.

Crayola 10 Pack Ultra-Clean Washable Markers
Crayola 10 Pack Ultra-Clean Washable Markers

Target Australia

School book labels

From pre-school to high school, labels are helpful in making sure books don't go astray. They always go astray. Read more on here to buy school book labels here.

Girl with Blonde Hair Crayon School Supply Label
Girl with Blonde Hair Crayon School Supply Label

Zazzle

What to buy online for different age groups

Preschool

Pre-schoolers thrive on creativity and colour. Equip them with a colourful backpack and colouring pencils to help encourage play.

Sinchies Mermaids Top Spout Reusable Pouches 200ml 10pk
Sinchies Mermaids Top Spout Reusable Pouches 200ml 10pk

Lime Tree Kids

Camelbak Eddy Kids 400ml Drink Bottle
Camelbak Eddy Kids 400ml Drink Bottle

Lime Tree Kids

Primary school

From the correct footwear and backpacks to workbooks and writing pencils, primary school children need functional, durable equipment to learn.

Faber-Castell 36 Classic Colour Pencils
Faber-Castell 36 Classic Colour Pencils

Target Australia

3 Pack Tuff Turn Cuff School Socks
3 Pack Tuff Turn Cuff School Socks

Target Australia

Apple and Mint-Kids Backpacks-Aqua Flamingo Big Kid Backpack
Apple and Mint-Kids Backpacks-Aqua Flamingo Big Kid Backpack

Lime Tree Kids

High school

"Cool" rules the school. Here are some cool and functional back-to-school necessities that won't embarrass them... much.

BURTON Kids Youth Day Hiker 20L Backpack
BURTON Kids Youth Day Hiker 20L Backpack

SurfStitch

SKECHERS  Twinkle Toes Sparkle Unicorn Craze Youth
SKECHERS Twinkle Toes Sparkle Unicorn Craze Youth

THE ICONIC

BILLABONG Kids Girls Golden Sky Backpack
BILLABONG Kids Girls Golden Sky Backpack

SurfStitch

University

The latest tech is what it's all about in uni. Buy a new laptop, a good phone (with a recording function) and a trendy bag to house it all in.

DR. MARTENS Womens Vonda Embroided 14 Eye Boot
DR. MARTENS Womens Vonda Embroided 14 Eye Boot

SurfStitch

Where to shop online at back-to-school sales

These shops are notorious for offering back-to-school sales and can offer you basically everything you need to get your kids ready for the new school year.

Top tips on back-to-school sales

Get organised for the back-to-school shop with these simple tips:

  • Know your budget. Allocate a specific amount for school needs.
  • Make a list of all the school requirements. Teachers would usually provide a list beforehand.
  • Find reusable items from last year's school supplies. Remove those from the list so you don't buy them again.
  • Buy in bulk. Packs of basic school supplies might be available for less.
  • Compare prices. Look through different merchants and take note of deals.
  • Shop for quality supplies. Do not just consider price over quality.
  • Shop online. Save time, resources and enjoy the convenience of shopping online while getting the same offers.

What you need to know about discounts

The problem

As a marketing strategy, providing huge discounts is a good way to attract customers, but discounts could either be advantageous or disadvantageous on your part. While marked-down items can be very enticing, most stores only place select items on sale. Be careful: you might be buying an item for its recommended retail price as retailers have marked it up beforehand and then applied the discount for the back-to-school sale.

The solution

Be a wise shopper by taking advantage of student discounts direct from the retailer, especially when buying electronics like Kindles, Apple products, tablets, laptops or notebooks. Apple, for instance, offers students, parents of students and school staff or faculty members educational pricing plus a $100 gift card for Mac or $50 for iPad or iPhone purchases.

Offers are usually limited and are good only until stocks run out, so don't miss these deals. Browse each brand's official website to know the offers available to you, be they in the form of rebates, promo codes for a specific promo period, or free shipping.

Checking for quality

The problem

Back-to-school sales are an opportunity for retailers to get rid of stock, some of which includes low-quality items that didn't sell during the previous year.

The solution

Examine each item carefully and see if they are worth buying so as not to waste your money and time. Getting low-quality school supplies is a waste of money as you will be buying the same item once it wears out in a few months. Look for items that are highly available and have higher discount rates, as a huge stack of the same product usually signifies that it is of low quality.

Discounts may be also available for items sold in bulk or placed in budget packs. It is wiser to check how much you truly save on bulk items and take the time to consider if you need that many of that item.

Dealing with the crowds

The problem

Back-to-school sales are traffic drivers which draw in large crowds. More often than not, these crowds are indicators of where the greatest back-to-school deals can be found. However, you might think twice if it is really worth lining up for hours when there might be a more convenient shopping option available.

The solution

Promotions vary from one retailer to the next and online promotions have also been intensified. Coupons and rewards are available online so you can often get the same deals as those offered in-store.

Shop online to avoid the rush. Save time and petrol and enjoy the comfort of your own home.


Back-to-school sales for January 2019

Sunnylife Sunnylife

20% off Back to school collection

Tale 20% off lunch box & bags, tumblers and more with code at Sunnylife. T&Cs apply.

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David Jones David Jones

20% off full-priced kids school shoes from Clarks

Valid on selected styles at David Jones. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.

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Sportsmans Warehouse Sportsmans Warehouse

Buy one, get one 25% off back to school sale items

Buy one and get one 25% off back to school sale items at Sportsmans Warehouse. T&Cs apply.

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Clarks Clarks

20% off all school shoes

Save 20% on all school shoes at Clarks. T&Cs apply.

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Marks and Spencer Marks and Spencer

20% off schoolwear

Get 20% off school uniform, shoes, bags, accessories and more at Marks & Spencer. T&Cs apply.

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Typo Typo

Buy Backpacks and Laptop Cases

Shop the trend with the coolest backpacks and laptop cases from Typo.

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Popular Back to School coupon codes

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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