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12 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Apple to Banana Republic

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If you’re going back to school soon (or just want an excuse for a seasonal reset), today’s micro sales roundup is full of everything you’ll need to prepare for the fall semester. You’ll find dorm décor on sale at Target, an under-$100 mattress topper to make any bed instantly comfier, and our favorite black work pants for nearly 60 percent off. And for all your leisure needs, everything at Outdoor Voices is 30 percent off with the code SUMMER30.

Our best black work pants for women are $38 at checkout. Strategist writer Ambar Pardilla owns five pairs, and she appreciates that they feel like glorified sweatpants, even though you’d never know by looking at them.

The toothbrush that convinced former Strategist writer Chloe Anello to reverse her anti-electric toothbrush stance is 20 percent off.

This plush mattress topper was the only under-$100 option to make our best-in-class list, and now, it’s even cheaper. It has five density zones that support your body and provide extra pressure relief.

Some unsexy basics are on sale at Amazon, like this megapack of storage bags …

… and lots of deodorants, like this clinical-strength one from Dove that I purchased a few weeks ago on recommendation from our story here.

Here are some no-frills, wired headphones for just $10.


Our favorite wireless earbuds are under $100 at both Amazon and Target.

Lots of back-to-school bedding, home décor, and other accessories are on sale at Target. This $15 quilted comforter is reversible and can go in your dorm’s washing machine.

This jewelry organizer has four compartments (including one just for storing rings) and a clear top so you can survey your pieces without opening the lid.

When I was helping my sister move into her dorm last fall, this task lamp was in everyone’s shopping carts. It comes in six colors: white, black, gray, mint green, pastel pink, and navy blue.

Everything at Outdoor Voices is 30 percent off with the code SUMMER30. The code applies to already-on-sale items too, making these comfy lounge shorts over 50 percent off.

Our favorite K-beauty essence is $30 when you use the code SUMMERGLOW20. It contains fermented ingredients that help to firm, hydrate, and brighten the skin.

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12 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Apple to Banana Republic