The 11 Best Back-to-School Sales of 2021

From apparel to sneakers, there are many sales to check out

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Now that the academic season is underway, we’ve stopped updating this post with back-to-school sales and can’t promise the ones below are still available. Check back later for updated deals.

The summer is winding down, and fall is just within reach. Students will soon be heading back to school, some for the first time in well over a year. We suspect that prep has already started with lists of supplies needed and new outfit goals. Back-to-school sales have also already begun, hopefully making this time of year a bit less stressful.

Below are some of the best back-to-school sales we found happening right now. We will continue to update before the school is back in session, so be sure to bookmark the page.

Our Top Picks

Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices RecTrek Pant

Outdoor Voices

Now through November 26, you can save up to 60 percent off certain styles during the OV Extra Sale. Additionally, college students can sign up for the Perks Program and get 20 percent off on select styles online and in-store until October 1. Just be sure to use the code OVUniversity20 at checkout for the latter.


Reebok Workout Ready Printed Capri Tights


The whole family can find deals on fitness gear, from activewear and running shoes to maternity workout clothes. Reebok is offering up to 50 percent off sitewide. Members can save up to 45 percent off as well. Use code BTS during checkout.


Allswell Mattress

Courtesy of Allswell

Fall is a great time to update your sleeping accommodations, too. Get 15 percent off mattresses as well as 25 percent off on bedding, bath essentials, home decor, and more with code LABORDAY2021 from now until September 6.


Oakley Tie Breaker Sunglasses

Courtesy of Oakley

Whether you need a new pair of glasses to see the board or want some prescription sunnies to make your long runs a bit more exciting, Oakley is the best spot to check out. Currently, you can take up to 50 percent off prescription lenses.

Bed Bath & Beyond

LapGear Home Office Pro Lap Desk with Wrist Rest

Courtesy of LapGear

Beyond dorm room shopping, Bed Bath & Beyond is a great place to shop for fitness equipment, scales, compression sleeves, and more.

Students who sign up for the College Saving pass and get 20 percent off every purchase through September 30. You'll also get free shipping when you spend over $39.


Nike Free RN 2018

Courtesy of Nike

The popular activewear brand is offering up to 40 percent off top items like Nike Frees, hoodies, backpacks, and sweats online.

Old Navy

Pullover Tunic Hoodie for Girls

Courtesy of Old Navy

Get up to 50 percent off select kids styles on sales with prices as low as $6 from July 26 through September 2.

Under Armour

UA Hustle 5.0 Backpack

Courtesy of Under Armour

Finding the right backpack that works for both the gym and school is ideal. Take advantage of Under Armour's sale, offering 25 percent off all backpacks from July 19 through September 5.


Fitbit Blaze Activity Tracker

Courtesy of Kohl's

Check out the Levi's jean selection at Kohls, and you'll find everything you need for the school year and beyond. From now until September 6, shoppers can save an extra 40 percent on select styles. Plus, get free shipping for purchases over $75.


adidas Women's TechFit Volleyball Shorts (Academy)

Courtesy of Academy

Whether they're a student-athlete or simply need new fitness clothes, Academy has your kids' needs covered to ensure they start the season off on the right foot. Currently, Academy is holding a three-day, online-only sale where you can save up to 75 percent off on select athletic apparel, sports equipment, and more from brands such as Columbia, Nike, Levi, and Adidas. Be sure to check the sports retailer's weekly ad for sales regularly as there is always something going on.

Tuft & Needle

Tuft & Needle Original Queen Adaptive Foam Mattress

Courtesy of Amazon

Whether you're looking for a new mattress, bedding, or pillows, Tuft & Needle has your needs covered. Right now, everything is up to 15 percent off across the site until September 6.

When Do Back-to-School Sales Start in 2021? 

Sales are already in full effect starting in July. “If you plan to do any shopping, you should start now due to likely inventory shortages at many retailers," Kristen Gall, retail expert, and president of Rakuten Rewards, says.

Keep in mind that weekly back-to-school sales start Sunday mornings for most stores, so it's best to shop Sunday and Monday as school supplies are usually the first items to run out of stock.

How Long Do Back-to-School Sales Last? 

“Back-to-school sales usually last a few weeks, but it’s better to shop early while items are in stock,” suggests Gall. “This [may] be the first time in two years that kids will go back to school, and many have outgrown their school clothes, shoes, sports gear, and classroom supplies, so you can expect all these items to be in high demand.”

Does Best Buy Offer Student Discounts? 

Best Buy has a student deals section where students can register an account to get access to exclusive deals. If you're looking for a new Fitbit, Apple Watch, or Garmin, check out the Best Buy deals first before adding anything to your cart.

What Stores Have the Best Back-to-School Sales? 

Gall lists Target and Old Navy as great places to shop for back-to-school outfits. She also shares to shop online since websites sometimes have exclusive deals and offer convenient services like curbside pickup or free shipping.

By Gabrielle Porcaro
Gabrielle is a writer with over 15 years of experience, having held positions at Women's Health and Cosmopolitan. She has contributed to Better Homes & Gardens, Women's Running, and Health and writes for sites like Health, Hello Giggles, Reader's Digest, and Shape.