10 best back to school deals on Amazon

Snatch up these great Amazon bargains before they're gone (and avoid those crazy, crowded school supplies sections at stores).

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  • It's back to school season, and we've got you covered for finding the BEST deals. You can sift through these Amazon bargains from the comfort of your own home instead of facing those crazy crowds of parents hunting through the school supply sections.

  • Whether you rejoice when your kids are due back at school or feel down because summer's coming to an end, make the best of the upcoming school year with these great deals.

  • 1. Heavy Duty Backpack

  • This backpack isn't messing around. It boasts 4 ½ stars out of 5 with over 5000 customer reviews, it has pockets galore and can easily fit a laptop (and then some). And the best part? It's currently 80 dollars off!

  • BUY IT: SwissGear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack - 19" eBags Exclusive

  • 2. Vibrant gel pens

  • These high-quality gel pens are on sale for less than a dollar a pen. With eight striking colors, waterproof ink and comfort grips, underlining and drawing never had it so good.

  • BUY IT: Uni-ball 207 Colors Retractable Gel Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Assorted, 8 Count

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  • 3. Glue sticks galore

  • You aren't going to run out of glue sticks anytime soon with this 30 pack. And with Elmer's current Amazon deal, you don't have to settle for less-effective offbrand glues to save on this school supply.

  • BUY IT: Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks

  • 4. EXPO for the win

  • You can never have too many dry erase markers in your life. From you kid's magnetic whiteboard in their locker to your own whiteboard calendar at home, the more color options, the better. (Plus, a fresh pack of dry erase markers might just be a teacher's favorite gift). These bad boys are more than half off.

  • BUY IT: EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count

  • 5. The best way to do lunch

  • Making school lunch just got 100 times better. This container's list of advantages never ends: convenient separated compartments, sturdy and leak proof, space-saver with stackable design, microwave and dishwasher safe, BPA-free and easily fits in a backpack! Plus, they're great for weekend meal prepping so you can relax during the school week.

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  • BUY IT: [20 Pack] 32 Oz. 2 Compartment Meal Prep Containers Durable BPA Free Plastic Reusable Food Storage Container

  • 6. Can't pass up this Sharpie deal

  • Pretty much everyone agrees Sharpie is the best marker brand, but their regular price tags are typically a bit high. So when you see any deals on Sharpies, you don't walk, you run. These Sharpie highlighters are 61 percent off! Those papers and textbooks are going to get highlighted so good.

  • BUY IT: Sharpie Tank Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count

  • 7. Finally, an affordable graphing calculator

  • If it hasn't already happened, sooner or later your kid's gonna reach a math class that requires a graphing calculator, and these electronics can come at a hefty price (think triple digits for this pocket computer). Luckily, Amazon's got you covered with an affordable option.

  • BUY IT: Texas Instruments TI-73 Graphing Calculator

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  • 8. The spiral-bound essential

  • From kindergarten to college, no student is fully ready for a new school year without some fresh lined paper notebooks. This six pack comes in fun colors and, of course, is on sale for a great price right now.

  • BUY IT: Mead Spiral Notebook, 1 Subject, 70 College Ruled Sheets, Assorted Colors, 6 PACK

  • 9. Every little kid's drawing dream

  • Talk about a perfect back-to-school pack for your elementary kids. This bundle of colored pencils, thin and fat markers and crayons is sure to make any kid (or drawing-lover of any age) squeal with joy.

  • BUY IT: Crayola Core Pack for Back to School - Grades K-2

  • 10. Backpacks fit for a Disney princess

  • You'd think that any merchandise with an official Disney design would top the price charts, but these Mini Mouse and Frozen backpacks are actually cheaper than just about any other backpack out there. Make your little one's Disney dreams come true all school day.

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  • BUY IT: Disney Girls' Frozen All Over Print Backpack

  • BUY IT: Disney Girls' Minnie Backpack with Lunch

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McKenna Park is a staff writer at FamilyShare. She's a happy wife, puppy mama, ice cream addict and film nerd. Website: www.mckennapark.weebly.com

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