back to school Stories August 7, 2017

expiredBack to School Gold Box slashes 25% off backpacks: $20+, lunch kits: $12, luggage: $41+

Time to knock out some back to school/work shopping with Amazon’s Gold Box today on backpacks, lunch kits, and even luggage from High Sierra. For school shoppers, you’ll find a highly rated insulated lunch container in black, red or aqua for $12 shipped. These have 3 separate zippered compartments for separate items and internal ID tag.

back to school Stories August 26, 2016

The cost of college tuition in the U.S. is completely out of hand and soaring textbook prices are just adding insult to injury. Amazon wants to help you fight back by taking an extra $15 off new textbook orders of $100 or more when you apply coupon code TEXT15 during checkout. You can place a single order with multiple books in it to help you hit the $100 threshold. It’s not a huge amount of savings, but every little bit helps. Amazon sells textbooks for a range of subjects including business, computer science, law, education and more.

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back to school Stories August 14, 2016

expiredToday’s Amazon Gold Box is loaded with deals on Osprey Backpacks and Ello Glass Water Bottles

Today only, as a part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon has a pair of sales on Osprey Backpacks (up to 45% off) and Ello Water Bottles (up to 25% off). These are perfect opportunities to grab a few crucial back-to-school necessities before the year starts up. Free shipping is available for Prime members or in orders of $49+.

First up, let’s take a look at the backpacks. Prices start $39 and there are 15 different styles to choose from in a variety of designs. Our top-pick is the Osprey Packs Cyber Port Daypack in three colors for $54.99. It regularly sells for around $75 online at other retailers. It has multiple zippered compartments that are fleece-lined and padded for optimal protection of your devices. It can fit a laptop up to 15-inches in size and also has dedicated storage for an iPad. Rated 4.5/5 stars. Shop the entire sale for even more options.

Next, Amazon is taking up to 25% off Ello and Pogo Water Bottles priced from $5.99. You’ll find over 25 different options, including Ello’s signature glass design in multiple colors for $11.24 (Reg. $15). These BPA-free bottles are perfect for the gym or in your new Osprey backpack! It has a one-handed push button lid and a carrying loop. Rated 4.3/5 stars by over 1,000 Amazon reviewers. Check out all of the bottles in today’s sale for more deals.

back to school Stories August 10, 2016

expiredBack-to-school shopping just got a little bit easier w/ this Kensington 15-inch MacBook Backpack for $14 shipped

B&H offers the Kensington LS150 15-inch Laptop Backpack in Red for $13.95 shipped. That’s good for $36 off the original price and down $21+ from most online retailers. Make back-to-school shopping painless, this Kensington bag has designated storage for a 15-inch MacBook and an iPad up to 10-inches in size. There are zippered organizational pockets plus easy-access on the side and front too. This bag receives great ratings just like the rest of Kensington’s lineup.

Be sure to hit up our CaseCrown sale for more options from $15 Prime shipped and our guide to all the backpack must-haves to make this a great school year.

back to school Stories August 9, 2016

expiredBest Buy’s 1-day sale has school essentials: 27″ 2TB Retina iMac $1,950 w/ .edu, Logitech keyboards, Panasonic eneloop, more

This morning, Best Buy has launched its Tuesday Techday Sale that is loaded with discounts on iMacs, Logitech Bluetooth Keyboards, Panasonic eneloop batteries and more. Basically anything needed for a great college dorm room is available in this sale that runs through the end of the day. Free two-day shipping is available on orders of $35+ or your can opt for in-store pickup.

The standout deal is Apple’s 27-inch iMac with Retina Display 3.3GHz/8GB/2TB (model MK482LL/A) for $1,949.99 shipped with access to a .edu email address. However, if you’re simply buying it for the sale price (without .edu), you’d be better off going over to B&H, which offers this model for $2,049.99 shipped (Tax in NY only). For comparison, it sells for $2,229 direct from Apple. Today’s deal is easily the best that we’ve seen. Features include a massive 27-inch 5120 x 2880 Retina 5K display, 3.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor and a 2TB Fusion hard drive.

Our Top Picks from this Sale:

While we’re on the subject of back-to-school, be sure to check out our feature on all the must-haves for your backpack this year.

back to school Stories August 8, 2016

It’s that time of year when students are headed back to school and parents are scrambling to find all the necessary supplies. While Hewlett Packard isn’t necessarily the first name you’d think of when it comes to backpacks, the computer-maker is dabbling in a new area. The HP Powerup Backpack has a surprisingly nice design with a few neat tricks inside…

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Update: OK, maybe you need to check out Amazon’s #1 selling 12-pack of scented markers for $4 after $1 coupon. Or this off brand of colored Pencils for at Walmart for 50 cents.

Just in time for Back to School, Amazon’s got a Gold Box that’s got more crayons/sets, dry erase markers, colored pencils and more than anyone could ever need at deeply discounted 50% off prices. If you are like me, the back to school period can be a little stressful and bam we’re back to the Crayolas for some Adult Coloring Therapy stress relief. Think of it as a two for one Gold Box. Just don’t grind down the sky blue too far


Check out the rest of the Gold Box here and don’t forget those adult coloring books.

back to school Stories July 28, 2016

It’s almost time to send the kids back to school or off to college, so you should be loading up on all the necessary gear to make this year a success. We’re not talking about pencils, folders or trapper keepers here but rather items to help keep your stuff organized, electronics charged and to just make life a little easier. Because we all know, the student grind is unlike any other…

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back to school Stories September 2, 2015

expiredIncase MacBook Backpacks 50% off in multiple colors w/ free shipping: Cargo $40 (Reg. $80), Staple $30 (Reg. $60)

Incase is discounting a pair of its popular backpacks by 50% when you enter promo code SC50 at checkout: Cargo Backpack drops from $79.95 to $39.97 and the Staple Backpack goes from $59.95 to $29.97.  Shipping is free and all color combinations are eligible for this promo. Both backpacks feature padded shoulder straps and ample compartments for all of your gear including a MacBook (up to 15″).

Cargo Backpack A large media pocket with a cable port provides on-the-go access to portable power or audio. Durable yet lightweight and comfortable with padded shoulder straps and a sternum strap, our Cargo Laptop Backpack is designed for the modern world.

Incase Staple Backpack Slim, modern, simple. Staple Laptop Backpack easy access main compartment offers a generous carrying capacity for your everyday needs. Fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and features adjustable padded shoulder straps for optimal comfort.

back to school Stories August 28, 2015

expiredTimbuk2 bags, backpacks, and rollers 25% off: Command Messenger Bag $112 shipped (Reg. $150)

Update (8/29 7:45am): The additional 20% code has expired, but you can still save 25% sitewide.

Timbuk2 just launched a new sale that extends a 25% discount to almost everything they sell with coupon code ROADTRIP, but you can take an additional 20% off by also adding coupon code RIDEFREE to your order. With these two discounts stacking, we’re seeing some of the best prices ever for Timbuk2’s popular bags, backpacks, and rollers. You’ll be able to add the coupon codes to your order when you get to the ‘Shipping, Payment Method & Submit Order’ section of checkout. Shipping is free on all orders of $75 or more.

One of the best scores from this sale is the Command TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag for $111.75 shipped. This bag features separate Macbook and iPad pockets, a Tricot-lined floating pocket for your sunglasses, and is TSA-compliant so you don’t need to remove your devices when going through airport security.

back to school Stories August 25, 2015

It’s time to head back to school, so you’ll want to be sure you’ve got the latest gear to start the school year off right. We’ve already rounded up the best Apple gear at 9to5Mac and you can always count on 9to5Google for the latest Android news and gear. Of course, at 9to5Toys we’re focused on bringing you the best deals on the web each day but today we’re focused on our favorite electronics, toys and deals to get the school year started.

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back to school Stories August 23, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – 33% off Thermos Back-to-School products: R2D2 lunch kit $13, water bottles from $12, more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering more than 33% off Thermos Back-to-School products. Perfect to get the kids ready for September or for those that just a super sweet Star Wars Thermos for work (there are some plain color options as well). Starting at just over $7, everything in the sale is shipped free for Prime members and has received a 4+ star rating from thousands on Amazon.

You can’t go wrong here, everything in the sale is either matching or beating the best prices we can find. Here are some of our top picks:

back to school Stories August 20, 2015

expiredGames/Apps: Mac Back-to-School sale up to 80% off – Rayman Origins $7.50, BOGO 70% off Skylanders, Uncanny X-Men $1, more

Update (8/20 11:00am):

In today’s best game/app deals, Mac Game Store has kicked of its Back-to-School sale offering up to 80% off a massive selection of Mac titles. You’ll find great deals on Borderlands, BioShock, Assassin;s Creed, Torchlight and much more, including Rayman Origins for $7.49. While we have seen the game a couple bucks cheaper, this is 50% off the next best prices we can find at the moment.

In case you missed it this morning, Hitman: Sniper for iOS saw its very first price drop and Hitman Absolution dipped to just $10.

The Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is currently in-stock at GameStop for $99.99 shipped (grab it while you can, it won’t last long), and Best Buy is offering Buy One, Get One 70% Off All Skylanders Trap Team Single Core Characters along with Buy One, Get One 70% Off All Skylanders Trap Team Trap Master Characters.

Down below you’ll find the rest of today’s best iOS deals including Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past, Notes Plus, MagicalPad and many more:

Ongoing game deals/promotions:

back to school Stories August 17, 2015

ALEX Toys Outdoor Back-to-School Essentials 40% off: Super Parachute $27, T-Ball set $15, Pogo stick $24, more

This week Amazon is offering 40% Off ALEX Outdoor Back to School Essentials so you and your child can capture the last few weeks of summer weather and get ready for the coming school year. Here’s our picks from the selection of toys:

All these items are shipped for free w/ Prime (free trial) or on orders over $35

back to school Stories August 13, 2015

expiredFashion: Save 40% sitewide at Gap & Banana Republic – slim khakis $36 (Reg. $56), twill jogger pants, polo shirts, more

Gap is currently taking 40% off sitewide when promo code HAPPY is applied at checkout, matching the strongest discounts that we’ve seen from the popular clothier this year. It’s perfect timing for back-to-school shopping and picking up some new fashion for the fall. Men, women and children can all find something to provide a little pick-me-up for their closet.

Free shipping is available on orders of $50 or more, as well as free returns on all orders. Full terms and conditions below.

Our top picks for men include:

Banana Republic is also discounting select styles and sale items by 40% with coupon code BRSAVE. Much like GAP, this is one of the best discounts from BR that you’ll see all year.

back to school Stories August 7, 2015

It’s time for back-to-school shopping! Just a few more weeks until classes start, so we’ve compiled our favorite gadgets, decor, fashion, and accessories for every college student’s apartment or dorm.

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back to school Stories August 5, 2015

Best Buy has the Philips Norelco Shaver 9300 with Bonus pack in black (S9311/84SP) for $176.99, but using code 25NORELCO will drop your total down to $151.99 shipped. That’s $98 under the original listing, about $73 below the best price on Amazon right now, $18 under our last mention and the best we can find.

This wet/dry shaver features three shave modes to best suit your skin type, a SmartClean system, integrated charger and a head that “moves in 8 directions to cut up to 20% more hair.” It ships with a bonus pack that includes 2 extra SmartClean cartridges and a SmartClick beard styler. This model has a 4.2/5 star rating from over 90 customers.

Amazon has the Holmes 36-inch Oscillating Tower Fan with Remote Control (HT38RB-U) for $35.99 shipped (matched at Best Buy). That’s 40% under the original listing, $18 below the average selling price, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best we can find. This model has three speed settings, top mounted control panel with LED lights, auto shut-off timer, and comes with a remote. It has a 3.9/5 star rating from over 580 Amazon customers.

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back to school Stories August 3, 2015

expiredALEX Learning and Building Toys 40% Off: science kits from $13, connector sets from $22, more

This week only, Amazon is offering a wide assortment of Alex Toys for back to school kids at 40% off or more. You can find everything from science kits to connector sets that will entertain and educate your child of 4 years and older. Here’s a list of our picks from the selection:

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