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From 25-cent supplies to teacher discounts, how to save at Target this back-to-school season

We found deals on laptops, backpacks and other must-haves.
Illustration of backpack, coloring tools, laptop, bento box lunchbox and a water bottle
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While it feels like we were just celebrating the start of summer break, back-to-school season is creeping up on us and will be here before your kids are even fully unpacked from their latest camp adventure. So it's time to start thinking about grabbing all those backpacks, notebooks and other must-haves that will help set kids up for success this school year.

Thankfully, Target is making it even easier for parents, students and teachers to prep for their return to class, with a huge selection of new items as well as savings on all kinds of back-to-school essentials.

“We know the back-to-school season signals an important milestone for millions of families across the country — and we’re here to help by introducing even more ways for guests to save and find everything they need all in one convenient location,” Jill Sando, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Target said in a release shared with Shop TODAY. “From supplies and stylish apparel to snacks and the latest electronics, guests can count on Target to make the most of their budgets, with thousands of items under $10.”

Target Teacher Prep Event

For educators, Target has brought back its Teacher Prep Event, which runs from July 17 to Sept. 10 (which is nearly six weeks longer than last year's event). Teachers can save 15% on school supplies like pens, notebooks, and arts and crafts items as well as other classroom essentials, such as hand sanitizer, disposable face masks, snacks and Pillowfort furniture. Those who are eligible to save include all K-12 and homeschool teachers, those working at daycare centers and early childhood learning centers, vocational or technical schoolteachers and professors working at universities or colleges. If you qualify, all you need to do is join Target's Circle loyalty program (it's free to sign up!) and verify that you're a teacher. Then you can start saving through the Circle app.

Target college student discounts

College students can also save big on essentials via Target Circle. This year, the retailer is bumping up its discount for college students from 15% to 20%. So, from July 3 to Sept. 3, they can save big on a one-time purchase of dorm room must-haves, school supplies and more.

Target back-to-school deals

If you don’t fit in one of the above categories, don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to save. The retailer is offering up to 30% off laptops, discounts on first-day outfits and markdowns on desk essentials. From college students to kids entering a classroom for the very first time, here are some of the best deals on school finds from Target that you can shop now.

Mondo Llama Classic Crayons (Set of 24)

Bring a little more color to their artistic creations with this pack of crayons. It comes with 24 colors across the spectrum, so they’ll have plenty of options to choose from, whether they’re filling in spaces on their coloring book or creating an original piece of art.

Elmer's Washable Glue Sticks (Set of 2)

Glue sticks are a school must-have for little ones, and Elmer’s is a top choice. These sticks from the brand are designed to go on purple and dry clear, so they’re easy for kids to use. Working with glue can get messy, but this version is made to easily wash off skin, clothing and walls, according to the brand. The pack is just 55 cents right now, so you can grab a couple for them to keep at home and bring to school.

Avery 1-Inch Round Ring Binder

If they need a different binder for every class, we suggest grabbing a few of these ones. They’re designed to be lightweight and sturdy and have two interior pockets where they can stash extra notes and papers.

Okuna Outpost Ice Cream Cone Pencil Case (Set of 2)

Kids will never be without a pencil when they need one again! They can keep all their writing implements, markers, erasers and more in one spot with these cute pouches.

Cat & Jack Bento Box

Packing a lunch for a picky kid can be tough — especially if they don't want each food item to touch. Thankfully, this bento lunchbox has three divided compartments to keep their snacks and meals separated. It's also designed to be dishwasher safe, so it's easy to clean at the end of the day.

CamelBak 12oz Eddy+ Stainless Steel Kids' Water Bottle

Help them stay hydrated during the school day with this cute water bottle. It’s vacuum-insulated, so the brand says that it will keep drinks cold for up to 10 hours.

Wild Fable Dome Backpack

Older kids and teens will appreciate how fashionable and mature this backpack feels. It's designed to have a spacious interior with slip pockets and a zip pocket, so there should be plenty of room for all their everyday items.

Cat & Jack Reusable Sandwich Bag (Pack of 2)

Ditch the plastic and pack your little one's lunch in these colorful sandwich bags. You'll get two bags in a pack — each one is made to be reusable and features a zip closure to keep all the contents from leaking out.

Cat & Jack Tie-Dye Leggings

She can bring the summer camp vibes back to school with these cool tie-dye leggings. The brand says that they’re made from a soft stretch material and have an elastic waist, so she’ll stay comfortable all day, from the classroom to the playground.

State Bags Kane Kids' 15" Backpack

You can save 20% on State’s popular lunch bags and backpacks right now at Target. This option was designed to fit their everyday essentials, like folders and a lunchbox (or even a 13-inch laptop). It has various organizational pockets and comes in four patterns, including rainbow and leopard print.

Cat & Jack Straight Fit Stretch Jeans

For school days or weekend playdates, these stretchy jeans are sure to become his new favorites. According to the brand, they’re crafted from a soft fabric with elastane for added comfort.

All In Motion Training Shorts

If he’s always on the move, he’ll appreciate how lightweight and comfortable these shorts are. They’re designed to wick away moisture, so he stays cool on the playground, basketball court or field.

All In Motion Stretch Woven Performance Skorts

Perfect for tennis practice, P.E. class or everyday wear, this skort is made from a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric. The material is also said to be UPF 50+ rated to help her stay protected when she’s out in the sun.

Target back-to-school items for college students

Room Essentials 14oz Travel Coffee Mug

They'll want to bring this coffee mug with them everywhere on campus, from the cafeteria to the classroom. It comes in six colors — you can grab one or add a few to your cart so they'll never be without their favorite hot beverages.

PowerXL 5-Qt. Single Basket Air Fryer

College kids will appreciate how easy it is to whip up tasty snacks and meals with an air fryer. This model, which is currently 50% off, has multiple settings so they can use it to bake, air fry and roast their favorite foods in their apartment or dorm room.

Room Essentials 11" Fabric Cube Storage Bin

If they’re low on closet space, they can fill these cubes with clothes and other essentials and store them under their bed. They’re designed to be collapsible so they’re easy to store away when you don’t need them.

Room Essentials Reversible Microfiber Comforter

This reversible comforter is available in nine different colors and comes in a Twin-Extra Long size to fit their dorm bed. You can get it now for just $15!

Room Essentials Darkening Thermal Window Curtain Panel

A good night’s sleep may be hard to come by in college. So when they get the rare chance to sleep in (or take a nap), they don’t want to be woken up by the sun shining through their window. These darkening curtains are made to block out sunlight, so they can get some much-needed rest.

Acer 11.6" Chromebook Laptop

A laptop tends to be one of the most expensive things on any incoming college student's back-to-school shopping list. But you don't have to spend a ton of money to get them a new one. Right now, you can get this Chromebook for just under $100. It weighs less than 3 pounds, so they can easily bring it to class or on trips back home. Plus, it has an HDR camera for online lessons and is said to have an all-day battery life.

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