With the start of every new school year comes the rush of school supply shopping lists. The most important item for any student, however, is the backpack. Offered in all shapes, sizes, and styles, backpacks can sometimes be quite pricey, but shopping for an inexpensive, quality backpack doesn’t need to be stressful. Here are 4 of the best places to look for backpacks while on a shoestring budget.
Target carries several nice backpacks at extremely low prices, mostly below $20. There are even some options as low as $9.00! Younger girls will certainly appreciate the pink patchwork Olivia backpack ($15.99) or the Ni Hao Kai Lan backpack that comes equipped with a lunch bag as well ($14.99). Boys will enjoy carrying the Transformers backpack (only $9.00!) or a Star Wars Trooper backpack ($15.99). Even the rolling backpacks are affordable, such as the Embark camouflage rolling backpack and the Embark pink monkey rolling backpack with a monkey zipper pull (both are $19.99 each). Most of the backpacks also have excellent additional features, such as adjustable shoulder straps and mesh pockets that are perfect for holding all of the extra items that a student might need to carry back and forth to school. Some of the backpacks are also available online, which is a good idea if you want a bag delivered right to your door.
Check out Target’s website for pictures and more information about these backpacks and many others.
2) Toys R Us
This major toy chain wouldn’t necessarily be a person’s first thought for back-to-school shopping, but there are some surprisingly amazing deals on nice backpacks at Toys R Us. The fantastic backpacks here have fresh new themes that will attract children with a wide variety of interests. From the pink/purple/black zebra striped backpack perfect for a teenaged girl ($14.99) to the cute Spongebob Squarepants backpack ($16.99), Toys R Us provides a great selection of quality backpacks The prices are just right too, with most of the backpacks priced less than $20. Some of the best aspects of shopping at Toys R Us are the frequent sales, and if you sign up for the free email mailing list, you’ll receive coupons, online flyers, and notifications about lots of deals all year long.
Toys R Us also offers free shipping (with some stipulations) on many of these backpacks if you choose to buy online.
For more information about these backpacks, please visit the Toys R Us website.
Walmart offers some of the best prices on backpacks (along with many other school supplies); quality backpacks from brands like Eastsport and Coleman are available for as low as $9.00. Walmart also provides backpacks to suit a wide variety of tastes, from the sturdy Eastsport Mesh Pocket backpack ($9.00) to character-themed backpacks like Iron Man, Disney princesses, and Dora the Explorer (each priced at $10.00). Walmart will be one of the most affordable places to shop for backpacks, and in most cases, you don’t have to sacrifice quality in favor of such low prices. In fact, some of the backpacks even boast extra bonus features like special back support (Eastsport Bungee Sport backpack, $17.00) or built-in laptop sleeves (Skater backpack, $17.00).
Search Walmart’s website for more details on these and many other backpacks.
Although mostly known as an apparel and appliances/tools store, Sears actually has a nice selection of backpacks at reasonable prices. Many of the backpacks here cost less than $20, and they are all fashionable and of good quality. The Sesame Street Elmo mini-backpack ($12.00) is adorable, and the Trailmaker backpacks ($11.99 each) sport a variety of stylish patterns and prints. Sears often has sales and promotional discounts that can sometimes cut the price of items in half, and the backpacks are no exception.
Check out Sears’ website for more information about the backpacks.
One last option is to browse the online auction website, eBay.com. While many of the backpacks you will find at this site are used, you might be able to find some great deals on backpacks that are still in decent shape. Just be careful to read the listing details completely and to ask the seller any questions about the backpack’s condition before you make any purchases.
Toys R Us