Find the best back to school deals in Australia 2022

Back to school deals Australia | Beanstalk Mums

This article about back to school deals was last updated in 2022.

With the new school year starting soon after Christmas, you are gonna want bang for your buck when it comes to back to school deals.

We get it! And we are here to help.

In the article we’ve got you covered with:

  • What to do before you start buying for back to school
  • Ways to save on back to school supplies
  • When do back to school deals start
  • Who has the best back to school deals

Further reading: Back to school costs and how to stop them sky rocketing.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU START BUYING FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Before you hit the shops (or the websites) it’s worth doing a quick check around the home for items you may already have. Such as:

  • Check old pencil cases for pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers, sharpeners that can be re-used
  • Check through exercise books that are returned from school as some may be un-used or have very little use – just tear out the used pages and voila
  • If packed lunch boxes and water bottles have withstood the previous school year or been recently replaced, use again
  • Take time to go through school uniform with your children to see what actually fits and what doesn’t so you only buy what is really necessary
  • Check out school shoes for size, many have removable insoles allowing them to last longer as your child’s feet grow, you may get away with not buying a new pair … yet

WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES

As well doing the above, here are some other tips to save money on your back to school shopping:

  • If it’s not late, get younger kids to put items they need on their list for Santa, this way you can get Christmas gifts and “back to school” all rolled into one cost
  • Hand down items of clothing, shoes, sportswear to younger children if it is still in good order
  • Only buy school uniform for the season and spread the cost of winter items for later in the year (remember your child is likely to have a growth spurt between now and then)
  • Don’t get caught up with brand names whatever the “other kids” are getting, buy with your budget
  • Put your name down to receive notifications about second-hand uniform sales at your schools and get them early for the best bargains
  • Check local Facebook groups for parents selling second-hand school uniform because their kids are finishing or moving schools
  • If your child is required to get a box of stationery, get the list and buy the items separately, this is more timely but often less expensive than buying it made-up
  • Shop the web for online specials on back to school gear (we do this for you below)

WHEN DO BACK TO SCHOOL SALES START?

In Australia, some back-to-school sales start as early as Boxing Day. Others start at the beginning of January allowing a good three weeks before children return to school, which is usually at the end of January, depending on the state they are in. Check 2021 term dates here.

WHO HAS THE BEST BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS?

We’ve scoured the web for some really great back to school deals. Check out what we found here:

SCHOOL SHOES

CLARKS

Clark’s has the best back to school deals on shoes for girls and boys. Besides the specials, we love the endless variety of sizes to ensure a perfect fit. Schedule an in-store fitting for precise measurements.

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | Clarkes School Shoes | Beanstalk Mums

DR MARTENS

You can’t go wrong with the granddaddy of cool school shoes Dr. Martens. The distinctive yellow thread detailing is classic and the uber-thick soles are built for durability. Visit the sale section for shoes under $250, $150 and $100.

Dr Martens | Beanstalk Mums

SHOES & SOX

Shoes & Sox has great back to school deals on school shoes right now at 20% off plus $10 off each pair of shoes (on brands like Nike, adidas and ASICS). We love their 6 point fit check and 100% perfect fit guarantee. You also get your 7th pair of shoes free if you are a loyalty club member.

Back to School Deals | Shoes & Sox | Beanstalk Mums

SCHOOL BAGS

CITY BEACH

Head over to City Beach for great back to school deals on everything from school bags to travel luggage. There’s a great selection of brands and styles for all ages at discounted prices. Sign up to their email list for more deals and exclusives.

City Beach Backpack | Beanstalk Single Mums

COTTON ON

You can count on Cotton On for school bags that are both timeless and on-trend. The shop carries well-known and local brands for primary school to university. All items come with free delivery when you order $60 or more.

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | Cotton On School Bag | Beanstalk Mums

KOGAN

Kogan’s back to school deals on backpacks and school bags are hard to beat. If you’re on a really tight budget, they have multiple installment plans like Zip Pay and Afterpay. Most of the styles are utilitarian and perfect for older kids or teens off to uni.

Kogan School Bag | Beanstalk Mums

SCHOOL UNIFORM

RIVERS

Find back to school deals on school uniforms at Rivers, your one-stop bargain destination. The handy search bar is helpful if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the Back to School category. For even more discounts and exclusive offers, check out Rivers Rewards.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | Rivers School Uniform | Beanstalk Mums

LOWES

Looking for a specific uniform for your child’s school? Lowes has you covered. Simply enter the school name in the search bar or choose from the list to see the uniforms available to buy. Includes standard uniforms and athletic kits.

Lowe's School Uniform | Beanstalk Mums

TARGET

You’ll find high-quality but affordable school wear at Target, including uniforms, jackets, pants, skirts, socks and shoes. There are plenty of basics and limited styles, but the prices are some of the lowest we’ve seen (tops range from $7 to $16).

Back to School Deals | Target School Uniform | Beanstalk Mums

STATIONERY

CATCH

One of our favourite shops has awesome back to school deals on stationery and supplies. From pens to post-its to standing desks, Catch has the best prices on a wide range of popular brands. Extra $15 off if you pay with Latitude Pay.

Catch Stationery | Beanstalk Mums

OFFICEWORKS

Officeworks is the store for you if you are back to school shopping or simply crazy about affordable office supplies. Their brand and item selection is unbeatable and the 5% price beat guarantee is a big plus.

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | Officeworks Stationery | Beanstalk Mums

EBAY

Ebay back to school deals can be hard to find so we’ve put a nice handy link here for you. Ebay is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind items, cool stationery and vintage designs at affordable prices. They also have standard school supplies that you can buy by piece or in bulk.

Ebay Stationery | Beanstalk Mums

 

APPLE AND BACK TO SCHOOL

CATCH

Now is the time to visit Catch for brilliant back to school deals on Apple products and accessories. The ‘multiple buying options’ section shows a list of different sellers so you can easily compare prices and get the best discounts.

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | Catch Apple Airpods | Beanstalk Mums

 

KOGAN

Kogan is the place to be if you love Apple products but have a tiny budget. Kogan Refreshed has a wide range of refurbished Apple electronics that have been tested and include original accessories…at less than half the price of a brand-new device.

 

Kogan Apple iPad | Beanstalk Mums

Dick Smith

Apple devices are pricey but you can get great back to school deals at The Good Guys. They negotiate weekly deals so customers pay less than the advertised price. You can also use Latitude Pay for no-interest installment payments.

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | The Good Guys Apple Macbook | Beanstalk Mums

LUNCH BOXES AND WATER BOTTLES

HOUSE

Find lots of back to school deals on lunch boxes and water bottles at House, the home and living superstore. Shop by brand or use the search bar to find specific items. More deals can be found on the Clearance and Specials sections.

House Thermos | Beanstalk Mums

KMART

Kmart Australia is another bargain online store with brilliant back to school deals on lunch boxes, food keepers and other home wares. Lots of payment options here including Afterpay, Zip Pay and Fly Pay for installment purchases.

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | Kmart Lunch Box | Beanstalk Mums

TEMPLE & WEBSTER

Shop classic, whimsical and personalised lunch boxes at Temple & Webster for back to school (prices start at $30). Get a discount of your first order when you sign up to their email list.

Temple & Webster Lunch Box | Beanstalk Mums

SCHOOL LABELS AND NAMING

STUCK ON YOU

Head to Stuck on You for all your school and name labelling needs. They have stick on labels, iron-on labels and specialty labels like stamps, pencils and allergy. Personalisation is a snap and you can choose from small or large sticker packs.

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | Stuck on You School Labels | Beanstalk Mums

BRIGHT STAR KIDS

Bright Star Kids is another great store for school and name labels for kids and teens. Their value kits let you choose a design and font for your text. Shop now and get 100 labels for just $30.

Bright Star Kids School Labels | Beanstalk Mums

HIPPO BLUE

Hippo Blue labels are excellent for school and home. Younger children will love the illustrated designs that can be customised to your heart’s content. Some sticker packs include over 200 labels for just $15.

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS | Blue Hippo School Labels | Beanstalk Mums

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