Where to Buy Backpacks for the Best Prices
A backpack is an essential part of back-to-school gear. They get stuffed, trampled, lost, found, placed in puddles as line holders…and that’s just within the first week of school!
First, weigh your options for buying a backpack. Consider your child’s size (could they use a junior backpack?), multiple functions (will they also be toting an electronic device?) and your price point before you begin your search.
Where should you get backpacks for the best prices? Here are a few options to get you started.
Shop at Home
Does last year’s backpack have any life left? Try a delicate wash, and air dry, to bring a backpack back to life. If your child can use last year’s backpack just for September, you will be able to find clearance deals at many stores then.
Kijiji and Craigslist both offer many quality items for a fraction of the retail cost. It might be worth quick search for a backpack before heading out to the stores (especially if you are looking for a particular brand or design).
Check Out Thrift Stores
Check for a backpack at local thrift stores such as Value Village, Goodwill, Salvation Army or Talize. When others purchase new backpacks, they may be getting rid of great ones. If you see one that is good quality throughout the year, purchase it and tuck it away.
And be sure to take advantage of extra promotions at the thrift store the first day they are offered to get the best selection.
Expect to Pay: $4.99-$9.99
Browse backpack options with your child in the comfort of your own home. Pay attention to details such as padded straps, extra compartments and caring instructions so you know exactly what you are getting. Watch for extra promotions throughout August (like free shipping) and don’t forget to shop through Ebates.
Hint: If possible (and it may not be), avoid buying “trendy” backpacks. A FROZEN backpack will be easily lost in a sea of similar ones this fall.
Shop big Stores with Competitive Pricing
Walmart offers great deals on many back-to-school supplies. Watch for promotions throughout August. In store, they offer a reasonable selection of backpacks, at different price points. And you can buy your backpack while PRICE MATCHING other school supplies from your flyers!
Expect to Pay: $14.99-$29.99
Consider High End Stores
Being frugal does not always mean buying the cheapest item, especially if that item wears out quickly. Consider investing in a high-end quality backpack that will last for several years.
Trivia – Whose motto for backpacks is: Built to last from grade school to grad school?
Answer: L.L. Bean and I believe it
My son received a beautiful L.L. Bean backpack from his auntie for his birthday (from their clearance sale!) After two years of use and abuse, it only has a few scuff marks. Practically a miracle!
In May, I purchased a Gap backpack from their clearance section. It was $39.95 reduced to $19.95 with an extra 30% off that day. It is well-built and seems like it will endure a few school years.
Expect to Pay: $29.99-$49.99 less sales and discounts
No other school supply will receive as much use (and abuse) as a backpack this year. Consider this purchase carefully with your child so you will both be happy with your decision.
Where are your favourite places to buy backpacks?