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Back-to-school season is on the horizon, and it’s time to start thinking about how and where to find the best laptop deals. While the B2S shopping season starts as early as June in some stores, I’ve found that some of the best back-to-school laptop deals actually happen once school has already started in August and September. With these bargain-hunter deals and tips, you can literally save hundreds on your new laptop! Here’s how to find the best back-to-school laptop deals.
You should also know we have an entire page dedicated to bringing you the best back-to-school deals on any item. The only thing better than that would be a super-convenient Krazy Coupon Lady app that lets you know when the best deals are happening year-round (download the app here).
1. Best Buy’s back-to-school laptop deals happen all summer long.
Always look for discounted computers on the Best Buy student deals page and, if you’re a college student, make sure to get a Best Buy account using your university email address and register with their student deals program. There is no uniform student discount on all items, but registering with BB can save you anywhere from 10% to 30% on big purchases.
We’re expecting Best Buy laptop deals for the 2021-22 school season to be similar to years past. In 2019, for example, a 15.6″ Kenovo laptop — normally $299.99 — was marked down to just $179.99. That’s $120 in savings.
Best Buy also has a section just for gamers — check out the latest gaming laptop deals.
And don’t forget to scout the greatest Best Buy laptop deals through KCL.
2. Consider holding out for Black Friday for the best laptop deals.
OK, OK — I know I said these are the best back-to-school laptop deals. But if working with what you’ve got now is an option, this is a smart money move.
You will save hundreds if you shop Black Friday laptop deals. During last Black Friday I saw:
- $100 off an HP 14-Inch Laptop (reg. $299.99) $199.99 from Best Buy
- $100 off a Samsung 11.6-Inch Chromebook, 16GB Flash Memory (reg. $189) $89 from Best Buy
- $180 off a ASUS 14-Inch Chromebook C425 Clamshell Laptop (reg. $499.99) $319.99 from Amazon
- $200 off a Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15″ Touchscreen (reg. $1,199) $999 from Best Buy
- $370 off a Motile 14″ Performance Laptop – Ryzen 3, 1080p, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD (reg. $599) $219 from Walmart
Always bookmark the KCL best Black Friday sales page.
3. Save up to $200 on MacBooks and get free AirPods during Apple’s back-to-school sale.
Apple’s back-to-school sale, which usually begins in early July and lasts through September, grants “Education Pricing” to students, teachers, and parents of students (discount rates vary).
This year, it looks like Apple laptop deals will include up to $200 off MacBooks, a free pair of AirPods (normally $159) with purchase, and 20% off AppleCare.
PRO TIP: When looking for back-to-school laptop deals, keep your eyes peeled for stores selling last year’s models. Just like car dealerships, retailers will sometimes mark outdated models with hefty discounts just to get them off the shelf.
4. Don’t count on finding great laptop deals from Amazon.
That’s because Amazon Prime Day — which is really better than any back-to-school special you’ll find on Amazon.com — has already happened.
Your best bet with Amazon will be to check out their renewed MacBooks. In July 2020, Amazon was selling 2019 MacBooks starting at $1,629.99. At the time, Best Buy was selling the latest MacBook model for $2,799.99. That’s $1,170 is savings! (More on this below.)
5. Walmart’s best back-to-school laptop deals happen midsummer.
A select few Walmart back-school laptop deals are already online in June or the beginning of summer, but I think variety and discounts will only increase over the coming months. Here are two deals from Walmart’s 2020 back-to-school sale:
- $70 off a Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook 3 (reg. $229), $159
- $60 off an Acer Chromebook 13″ (reg. $279.99), $199
Bonus: This year, you can get free next-day delivery on online orders over $35 from Walmart.com. And check out Walmart’s back-to-school sale in case you want any other items sooner.
6. If you love HP Chromebooks for $50 – $70 off, Target is where you need to be.
Does HP have your heart with its Chromebooks? Head to Target, where their back-to-school laptop deals are, like Walmart’s, already online by June. Unlike Walmart, though, the discounts hit HP Chromebooks much more than Acer or Samsung products. Here are a few from this year:
- $70 off an HP 14″ Touchscreen Chromebook w/Chrome OS (reg. $289.99), $219.99
- $70 off an HP 14″ Chromebook w/Chrome OS (reg. $259.99), $189.99
7. Save hundreds when you buy a refurbished laptop instead of a brand-new one.
Yes, having a brand-new laptop is sexy. But do you know what else is sexy? Money in my wallet, baby. Plus, with many renewed and refurbished laptops, you can’t even tell the difference between one that has been used and/or rebuilt and a fresh-out-the-box one.
I bought my refurbished MacBook directly from Apple in 2019 and saved about $400. Not too shabby. And it’s worked like a charm for a year now. Here are some retailers that sell refurbished laptops:
There’s simply no reason to pay full price when there are so many ways to buy quality products for less. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading!