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Bargain bonanza: Best back-to-school shopping deals

by Jenn Falik /  / Updated 

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Sporting the latest trends may put your kids at the head of the class — but it also could set you back to the bank. Style expert Jenn Falik shares her best shopping deals for the new season:

Jeans: Old Navy,
Need one of the most popular (and basic) wardrobe items? Old Navy has amazing denim options in every style under the sun. Basic blues are just $12 a pop! More trendy options are also a steal, under $20 each. The prices are valid online until 8/29 and in stores until 8/30.

Hoodies: Carter's,
Beginning today, Carter's will have 50 percent off the entire store and website. A mom must-buy? Their cozy, adorable hoodies starting at around $10. These are not only a style essential but the perfect "in between season" way to keep warm at the bus stop.

Graphic T-shirts: Kmart.
It's only $4 each for fun, colorful statement T-shirts that let kids express their personality. This deal runs through 8/31, in stores and online.

Contemporary cool: FabKids,
All FabKids outfits include three mix-and-match pieces for $39.95 — and they are offering 50 percent off with the promo code SCHOOL50 on your first outfit, so you get three items for $20! This is such an affordable option for busy parents who don't have time to shop around during the particularly busy fall season.

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Uniform basics: The Children's Place,
Get 50 percent off of all school uniform essentials in stores and online, including collared shirts, chinos, button downs, white socks, ties — all the items kids with a dress code need to stock up on.

Shoes (for her): Keds,
This classic brand is back in a major way with nearly 100 trendy styles up to 40 percent off for fall. Polka dots and florals are total musts — this is the year of the statement sneaker.

Shoes (for him):
Athletic shoes are on sale for $29.99, including sneakers from the hottest brands such as Puma, Converse, New Balance, Nike and Sketchers, and in styles like high tops, comic prints and bold colors.

Lunchboxes: BUILT,
Amazon has an amazing assortment of BUILT neoprene lunch bags and boxes, and on 8/28 select styles and sizes will be 30 percent off on These cute, colorful bags are regularly priced around $14.99.

Backpacks: Pottery Barn Kids,
It is all about monograms for fall, and with up to 20 percent off backpacks, the amazing styles at Pottery Barn Kids start at $24. Adding a monogram is $7 and shipping is free.

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