12 best back-to-school sales for 2017

As you stroll through the aisles of local stores and pharmacies, you may catch a whiff of freshly sharpened pencils and unopened notebooks.

The familiar aroma of school supplies heralds the beginning of August, the official start of the back-to-school season. The season is accompanied by a flood of excellent back-to-school sales, where you'll discover deals on everything from apparel to electronics.

The average American spends $208.10 per child and $428.39 per family on back-to-school shopping, according to a 2017 spending survey from Offers.com. You can outfit your youngsters for a successful school year for less at these 12 best back-to-school sales for 2017.

[See: Avoid These Common Pitfalls During the Back-to-School Shopping Trip.]

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    July 12 – Sept. 25

    Apple runs a new back-to-school promotion every year, rewarding qualifying shoppers with freebies on select purchases. This year, Apple is giving out a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones with the purchase of a new Mac computer or iPad Pro. The retailer is also providing special education pricing on select products. The free Beats headphones and education pricing offers are available exclusively to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, plus faculty and staff of all grade levels.

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    Not to be outdone by Apple, Microsoft is drawing shoppers with its own set of back-to-school deals. Top offers include:

    • 10 percent off Surface devices for eligible students, faculty and staff at universities and colleges.
    • 10 percent off select PCs for eligible students, faculty and staff at universities and colleges.
    • One free year of Office 365 Personal with any Surface Laptop purchase.
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    Best Buy

    As the new school year approaches, Best Buy is offering a series of student-exclusive deals. To access student-only offers, you must create a Best Buy account. Example deals include:

    • $100 off select MacBook and iMac models.
    • $125 off select computers.
    • 10 percent off select Surface devices.

    [See: 12 Shopping Tricks to Keep You Under Budget.]

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    July 17 – Sept. 6

    To celebrate back-to-school season, Amazon is taking up to 80 percent off school essentials. This includes school supplies, kids' apparel, electronics and more.

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    According to Target's website, the retailer has "lowered prices on school supplies all season long." Top offers include:

    • Character backpacks with a lunch bag and pencil pouch starting at $14.
    • School supplies at less than $1, $3, $5 and $10.
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    To equip shoppers for the school year, Staples is offering store-brand paper, notebooks, pens and other school supplies at 50 cents and $1. These prices are available in stores only.

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    July 31 – Aug. 26

    This year, Kmart is holding a back-to-school sale on apparel, electronics and school supplies. Noteworthy deals include:

    • Buy one, get one 50 percent off kids' casuals, athletics and fashion boots.
    • Jeans for the whole family, starting at $10.
    • 25 cents for one-subject notebooks.
    • 88 cents for college or wide-ruled 150-sheet filler paper.
    • 50 cents for Elmer's glue (4 ounces).
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    L.L. Bean
    Ends Aug. 27

    This year, L.L. Bean is treating back-to-school shoppers to savings on backpacks, kids' clothing and more. The sale includes the following offers:

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    Old Navy

    Old Navy is hosting a "Back to Cool" sale on apparel for youngsters and adults alike. Highlights from the sale include:

    • Up to 50 percent off kids' and baby apparel.
    • Up to 50 percent off adult tops, jeans, shirts and shorts.
    • Jeans from $10.
    • T-shirts from $4.
    • Dresses from $8.

    [See: 10 Money-Saving Websites to Check Before Shopping.]

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    New Balance
    July 18 – Aug. 5

    With the new school year around the corner, New Balance is offering a sale on kids' footwear. Offers include:

    • 15 percent off casual and athletic shoes for boys and girls.
    • Free shipping on orders of more than $125.
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    Dick's Sporting Goods

    Throughout back-to-school season, Dick's Sporting Goods will release deals on back-to-school apparel and gear. Deals may include:

    • $10 Dick's Cash with backpack purchase of $60 or more.
    • $15 off footwear purchase of $69.99 or more.
    • Up to 40 percent off select athletic apparel.
    • Up to 40 percent off select footwear.
    • Buy one, get one 50 percent off select slides and sandals.
    • 25 percent off select football apparel.
    • Up to 25 percent off select footballs, soccer balls and more.
    • Up to 40 percent off select activity trackers and speakers.

    July 5 – Aug. 31

    Kohl's is also doing its part to prepare shoppers for the school year. The retailer's back-to-school sale will feature the following offers:

    • Uniforms starting at less than $10.
    • An extra 20 percent off juniors' and kids' clothing, shoes and backpacks with promo code SCHOOL20.

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