Each new year of school means a new list of textbooks, supplies, and furnishings, and things can get overwhelming fast. Thankfully, back to school time also means sales on important items like laptops, school supplies, and other essentials. We’ve made a list of 10 of our favorite sale items for college students on Amazon this back to school season to help share the love. Also note that Amazon is currently experimenting with flash deals that offer above average savings in a short time frame, which can be a ticket to even bigger savings this year. Check out these flash sales at the banner below, and start the school year off right.
1. Buy New & Used Textbooks
School bookstores have become a joke with their campy [University name here] Grandpa shirts and full-price textbooks, which is why Amazon might be the new king of textbook sales. In addition to having any textbook you might need, in physical or ebook form, Amazon offers the full gamut of purchasing options, including new copies, used copies, easy textbook rentals, and even textbook buybacks. With all these options at your disposal, it is easy to purchase your required books or additional reference material without breaking the bank. Just be sure to order them sooner than the day they are assigned!
Price: Up to 90% off
2. Office 365 University Edition
Students currently pursuing higher education are able to take advantage of the much more affordable University Edition of Office 365 if they don’t already have a word processing software. While the normal version of Office 365 for one computer usually costs $69.99 per year, the University subscription can get you the full suite of Office software for 4 years at the same price. The one caveat is that you need to validate the software using a student email address or another piece of validating information. Those who do not have a university email can instead take advantage of the traditional Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 software, but note that it is not a part of Office 365. This means that there is no subscription affiliated with this software, but there is also no opportunity to upgrade it as new features are released for Office 365.
Price: $69.98 (13 percent off MSRP)
3. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband
Keeping fit is an important part of remaining healthy when your day suddenly gets eaten up by reading assignments and lectures. The Fitbit Flex helps make sure you meet your fitness goals, and makes sure you’re getting a healthy amount of sleep on top of that. The Fitbit rests comfortably on the wrist and syncs up with your smartphone to provide many useful metrics on your fitness, including steps taken, calories burned, and active minutes. The battery lasts for 5 days, so there’s no need to constantly recharge it. Even if you don’t get around to some exercise some days, the Fitbit can leave you surprised at just how much walking from class every day does for your health. Try the Fitbit while its still on sale and find out.
Price: $79.00 (21 percent off MSRP)
4. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack
Herschel Supply Co. is a well-known name in backpacks, as the brand consistently supplies high quality and beautiful backpacks. Their Heritage style is a medium-sized pack with a spacious main compartment and an interior laptop pocket. The design is simple and sturdy, so you can skip the fuss of remembering which crazy pocket your stuff ended up in. Additionally, the Heritage backpack oozes cool. From its ecofriendly reinforced bottom to the signature pinstripe pattern of its 100% polyester lining, the pack looks great across all 18 available designs.
Price: $49.00 and up
5. Epson Expression Home XP-420 Wireless Color Photo Printer
Public printing stations that aren’t absolutely frustrating are seldom found on college campuses, which is why it can be a great idea to just get a printer of your own. Epson’s XP-420 model is a great choice, as it is versatile, inexpensive, and ink efficient. It uses separate cartridges for each ink pigment, meaning you only need to replace what you need to, plus it does printing, scanning, copying, and photos with ease. Its wireless printing is easy to set up and works seamlessly from tablets and smartphones as well as laptops. Its compact form factor won’t take up too much space in your room, and last minute print jobs will be a breeze at 99 pages per minute.
Price: $59.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
6. Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose SoundLink Mini II is the golden standard for sound quality in portable Bluetooth speakers. Many speakers rely on a heavy feature set to impress, but the SoundLink Mini II’s best feature is high end portable sound. This speaker has almost unmatched bass frequency response, as well as crisp high end and rich, natural mids. To top things off, it’s portable, speakerphone ready, and it gets 10 hours of battery life. Slip it in your bag and take your music everywhere it needs to go.
7. Comfort Research 6-Foot XL Fuf Beanbag Chair
Nothing adds\ flair to an apartment or dorm room like a retro beanbag chair, especially one that’s 6 feet wide. The sheer comfort of being engulfed in super soft long-lasting fuf foam is absolutely unmatched, and this chair is so large it can literally be used as a bed. The oblong chair shape makes this behemoth of a beanbag chair the perfect place to curl up and read a book, or just take a nap after a long day of work.
Price: $146.99 (27 percent off MSRP)
8. HP Stream 11.6 Inch Laptop
When a laptop isn’t an absolute necessity, it can be difficult to justify the price you usually have to pay for the best ultrabooks out there. Thankfully, HP offers the ultra-affordable Stream laptop, a portable, functional laptop that comes with a full year of Office 365. The 11.6 inch version of this laptop is increidbly easy to carry in a bag at 2.8 pounds, and it packs a ton of features underneath the hood. 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of SSD storage is just enough to keep track of class projects, and its 2.16 GHz Celeron processor can easily multitask word processing, several tabs of web browsing, and a media player. It is fanless, gets a solid 8 hours of battery life, and is a perfect light weight laptop for taking to class.
Price: $179.00 (11 percent off MSRP)
9. Black & Decker Toaster Oven
If I had a nickel for every time I wished I had a microwave in my room, I would be able to buy the Black & Decker’s #1 Best Seller toaster oven on Amazon. Microwaves are great for instant gratification, but if you want to get away from frozen dinners while saving some money, a personal toaster oven is just what you need. Using its 30 minute time with stay-on function, you can fully cook large meals without having to leave your own space. The removal crumb tray, bake pan and broil rack make cleaning this toaster oven a breeze, and the toaster takes up less room than many microwaves too.
Price: $29.92 (25 percent off MSRP)
10. Mead Spiral Notebook 4 Pack
If you need to write down your notes to fully absorb them, you are certainly not alone. Many students still rely on the tactile process of writing to get anything out of a lecture, but a full semester of courses can fill a notebook up pretty quickly. Thankfully, Amazon offers single subject wide-ruled spiral notebooks in price-saving packs of 4. Buying a bundle of notebooks for all your classes at once is much cheaper than spending $3 apiece on singles, and if you are feeling particularly thrifty, you can max out your savings with a 12 pack.
Price: $7.57 and up