Back-to-school sales live blog: Best deals at Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy now


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Here’s a solid deal that’ll help your dollar go far. Dell is bundling 6 free months of the Disney Plus Bundle (Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus) when you buy select PCs or monitors. Select purchases (XPS/Alienware) will also get 1 year of accidental damage protection and a wireless mouse for free. You have to be 18+ to subscribe to the bundle and heads up that it’ll auto-renew after your 6 months are up (so set a reminder to cancel unless you wanna get the $13.99/month charge after the free trial runs its course ).

Dell back to school sale: Disney Plus Bundle for free @ Dell (opens in new tab)

MacBook Pro 13 2022

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If you missed it last month, the new MacBook Pro M2 is back on sale. Both Best Buy and Amazon have it on sale for $1,149. That’s $150 off and the second-best price we’ve seen for it. (It was $200 off very briefly last month). In our MacBook Pro M2 review, we said it offers mind-blowing performance (thanks to its M2 processor) and an epic battery life. (It lasted 18 hours and 20 minutes in our tests!) Best Buy has all colors on sale, whereas Amazon only has the Silver model at $1,149.

MacBook Pro 13″ (M2/256GB): $1,299 $1,149 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
MacBook Pro 13″ (M2/256GB):
$1,299 $1,149 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Verizon logo shown against a blue sky

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Happy Friday, everyone! Deals editor Louis here taking over the live blog this morning. There are a ton of really good deals happening today so I’m gonna jump right in. Verizon is kicking things off with a buy one, get one free sale on 5G smartphones. Unfortunately, they’re not making it easy to browse the eligible phones, so you’ll have to click on each individual product page. ::Shaking fist in frustration ::

However, a lot of phones qualify. For example, the entire iPhone 13 family (minus the iPhone 13 mini), the entire Galaxy S22 family, and the Pixel 6/Pixel Pro (but not the Pixel 6a). Scroll toward the middle of the page, click on “Buy one of our best 5G
phones and get one on us” and you can check out the phones. Note you’ll need to sign up for a 5G unlimited data to take advantage of the BOGO offers.

BOGO phone sale: buy one, get $800 off @ Verizon (opens in new tab)

OontZ Angle 3

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This speaker is perfect for sound tracking dorm room parties, and it’s surprisingly affordable as well. For its price, you won’t find a better performing Bluetooth speaker than the OontZ Angle 3. It produces bright, clear vocals and crisp treble, and it even delivers a bit of bass. It’s IPX5 weather resistance means it can take a splash of rain, just don’t go dropping this one in a pool.

OontZ Angle 3: was $59 now $39 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Matein travel laptop back with a Tom's Guide deal tag

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A reliable backpack is a back to school essential that every student needs, and don’t let the cheap price of this Matein Laptop Back pack fool you either. This is one of the coolest backpacks on the market.

The 27-liter bag features a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 17-inch laptop. It also has a USB-charging port, which connects to a battery backup in the bag that lets you charge your devices without having to open your backpack. But you will need to supply your own batteries as they’re not included.

Matein Laptop Backpack: was $41 now $29 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max

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Looking for a streaming device for your college dorm room? Search no further as the Fire TV Stick 4K is currently 20% off at Amazon.

We rank it one of the best streaming devices available for good reason. It offers 4K Ultra HD streaming at 60fps with HDR support and includes an Alexa Voice Remote. Right now it’s $10 off in this back to school sale, but we have seen it drop to below $25 off in the past, so if you don’t need it immediately it could be worth waiting for a deeper discount.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: was $49 now $39 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Lenovo CB3 laptop

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If you’re looking for a Chromebook and low cost is your top priority then this Lenovo machine is a great pick. It’s a no-frills laptop that is ideal for everyday tasks such as taking notes in lectures or surfacing the internet. It packs a 14-inch LCD, Celeron N4020 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB eMMC storage. It even comes with a free headset. Just keep in mind, this is a budget machine designed for light tasks.

Lenovo CB3 Chromebook: was $279 now $169 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)

Pixel 6a hero in front of marina with boats on sunny day

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Heads up: You’ll need to log into your Amazon Prime account to see this deal, but once you do Amazon has a nice surprise in store for you. It has the brand new unlocked Pixel 6a on sale for $436.52. However, you can activate the digital coupon (you’ll find the digital coupon box below the sale price) to save an extra $37.52 at checkout. That gets you a final price of $399 and the cheapest unlocked Pixel 6a we’ve seen. Again, you’ll need to log into your Prime account to see the digital coupon option. Otherwise, non-Prime members can get the unlocked Pixel 6a w/ a $50 Amazon gift card for $449, which is still a solid deal. (You’re basically paying full price for the phone and getting a free $50 GC). Check out our Google Pixel 6a review for our full take on this phone.

Unlocked Pixel 6a: $449 $399 @ Amazon (opens in new tab) (Prime members)
Unlocked Pixel 6a w/ $50 GC:
$499 $449 @ Amazon (opens in new tab) (non-members)

HP V28 4K Monitor

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No matter how great your laptop is, at one point or another you’re gonna have to connect it to a monitor. When you do — this is the monitor you’ll want by your side. It gets you 28 inches of screen real estate in 4K glory. It also supports HDR content and features USB-C, HDMI, and VGA connectivity. It’s a steal at this price (and the cheapest it’s ever been).

HP 28″ 4K Monitor: $379 $199 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

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The Lenovo Chromebook Duet and the Duet 3 hold a spot in our list of best Chromebooks. While we haven’t reviewed the Duet 5 yet, chances are high that it follows in the same footsteps as its predecessors. That means you get a great display, solid battery life, and great overall performance for just $379. I have to call out that this model comes with a 13.3-inch 1080p OLED display, which is very rare for any Chromebook.

Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 OLED: $499 $379 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds deal

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If you’re looking to block out the world around you without wearing heavy headphones, these ‘buds are for you. In our Bose QC Noise Canceling Earbuds review, we praised their superb noise cancellation and warm/rich sound quality. We also really like built-in mics for top-notch call quality and digital assistant use. Be warned that they’re a tad on the bulky side, but overall they’re awesome, especially at this price.

Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds: $279 $199 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

iPad on desk with keyboard

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The 10.2-inch iPad is one of the best tablets on the market. Yeah, there are iPads with bigger screens or faster processors, but we like the 10.2-inch model because it offers enough muscle power for just about any task. Priced at $299, it’s a modest $30 off, but this is the cheapest price we’ve ever seen for this tablet.

10.2″ iPad (64GB/2021): $329 $299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

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