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.

FILE - In this Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo, a person takes a photo of an Apple logo before an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Apple is getting ready to use iPhone cameras as an entryway into the strange world of augmented reality, taking the trend-setting company down an avenue that could usher in a new era in technology. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Apple

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.
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. On the surface, the investigation was routine. Federal agents persuaded a judge to issue a warrant for a Microsoft email account they suspected was used for drug trafficking. But U.S.-based Microsoft kept the emails on a server in Ireland. Microsoft said that meant they were beyond the warrant’s reach and a federal appeals court agreed. In June 2017, the Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)
Microsoft

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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.

(AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)

This photo provided by Microsoft shows the company's Surface Laptop, aimed at students. The Surface Laptop is the first Surface device without a detachable keyboard. (Courtesy of Microsoft via AP)
Best Buy

TBA

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.

Back to school supplies can be expensive. For divorced or separating parents, often the question is raised, 'Who's going to pay for these?' (Photo Getty Images)
Amazon

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.

(Thinkstock)

Stockbyte/Thinkstock
Target

TBA

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.

Students in classroom.
Staples

TBA

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.

(Thinkstock)

FILE- In this Dec. 27, 2011, file photo, pedestrians pass a Kmart location in New York. Sears Holdings Corp. is announcing Thursday, April 21, 2016, that it will close 68 Kmart stores and 10 Sears stores as it struggles to restore profitability. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
Kmart

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).

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

In this April 26, 2017 photo provided by L.L. Bean, the company's Bootmobile is displayed in Tokyo, Japan. The Maine-based outdoors company already has two of the rolling Bean boots in the U.S. Now this third version will be visiting Bean's stores in Japan. (Hideki Hashiramoto/L.L.Bean via AP)
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:

— 20 percent off backpacks and kids’ clothing with promo code KIDS20.

— Free shipping on all orders.

Workers clean up an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, two days after authorities say an explosive device damaged the store. Federal authorities charged a man on Monday with using an explosive device to damage the store, where a string of local, overnight fires and instances of vandalism during the busiest shopping weekend of the year also damaged three Starbucks shops, a Barnes & Noble and other establishments in New Mexico's largest city. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
Old Navy

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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.

(AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the New Balance proposed 950v2 sneaker, that has passed military testing, is displayed at one of company's manufacturing facilities in Boston. New Balance is pressing the Pentagon to buy American-made footwear for the troops instead of sneakers from rival Nike that are made in China. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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.

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods has been around since 1948. It has 645 stores nationwide.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Dick’s Sporting Goods

TBA

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. (AP Photo)

A line of Thanksgiving shoppers forms at the entrance to a Kohl's department store in Sherwood, Ark., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Early-bird shoppers headed to stores around the nation on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Kohl’s

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.

(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

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FILE - In this Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo, a person takes a photo of an Apple logo before an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Apple is getting ready to use iPhone cameras as an entryway into the strange world of augmented reality, taking the trend-setting company down an avenue that could usher in a new era in technology. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
FILE - This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. On the surface, the investigation was routine. Federal agents persuaded a judge to issue a warrant for a Microsoft email account they suspected was used for drug trafficking. But U.S.-based Microsoft kept the emails on a server in Ireland. Microsoft said that meant they were beyond the warrant’s reach and a federal appeals court agreed. In June 2017, the Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)
This photo provided by Microsoft shows the company's Surface Laptop, aimed at students. The Surface Laptop is the first Surface device without a detachable keyboard. (Courtesy of Microsoft via AP)
Back to school supplies can be expensive. For divorced or separating parents, often the question is raised, 'Who's going to pay for these?' (Photo Getty Images)
Stockbyte/Thinkstock
Students in classroom.
FILE- In this Dec. 27, 2011, file photo, pedestrians pass a Kmart location in New York. Sears Holdings Corp. is announcing Thursday, April 21, 2016, that it will close 68 Kmart stores and 10 Sears stores as it struggles to restore profitability. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
In this April 26, 2017 photo provided by L.L. Bean, the company's Bootmobile is displayed in Tokyo, Japan. The Maine-based outdoors company already has two of the rolling Bean boots in the U.S. Now this third version will be visiting Bean's stores in Japan. (Hideki Hashiramoto/L.L.Bean via AP)
Workers clean up an Old Navy store in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, two days after authorities say an explosive device damaged the store. Federal authorities charged a man on Monday with using an explosive device to damage the store, where a string of local, overnight fires and instances of vandalism during the busiest shopping weekend of the year also damaged three Starbucks shops, a Barnes & Noble and other establishments in New Mexico's largest city. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the New Balance proposed 950v2 sneaker, that has passed military testing, is displayed at one of company's manufacturing facilities in Boston. New Balance is pressing the Pentagon to buy American-made footwear for the troops instead of sneakers from rival Nike that are made in China. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods has been around since 1948. It has 645 stores nationwide.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A line of Thanksgiving shoppers forms at the entrance to a Kohl's department store in Sherwood, Ark., Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Early-bird shoppers headed to stores around the nation on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

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