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Inside Deals (Aug 30th, 2019)

Hey readers! Today's newsletter will focus exclusively on the top Labor Day sales and Back to School deals for students. If you're not interested in the Back to School sales, just skip the first three items at the top!

Also, just a quick note as well that on Monday, we won't publish in honor of the holiday. Enjoy the long weekend! - Sheena 

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1. A JanSport backpack can last well over a decade, as I can personally attest to. I've had my JanSport for over 13 years now, and it's carried me through rain, snow, and everything in-between without a tear. Right now, readers can score nearly 40 percent off of an even better version of the JanSport backpack I own. Originally $48, Office Depot currently has it for $24 instead.

2. Get up to $300 off of various Apple MacBooks and Microsoft Surface Laptops. Readers can get $200 off of the well-reviewed Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, selling it for $798 instead of its typical $999. Alternatively, purchase the $1,099 MacBook Air for $899 instead. If you're interested in other kinds of laptops or computers, Best Buy is also offering students up to $300 off of computers from brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more.

3. If you're on the hunt for school supplies, head on over to Staples or Amazon as both are taking up to 50 percent off of their inventory. Walmart is also offering a similar deal, including taking $28 off a TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator.

Sources: Mashable, Thrillist

Now onto the Labor Day sales!

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4. Labor Day is one of the best holidays to score a great deal on mattresses. Below, I've listed a few of some of most well-reviewed mattresses on the market currently on sale:

  • Serta is taking up to $900 off when you buy select Serta iComfort or iComfort Hybrid mattress, and up to $400 off on a Serta adjustable foundation. - SERTA
  • Casper is taking 10 percent off any of their mattresses with the code LABORDAY through Sept. 2. This is an unusual deal as Casper rarely offers discounts. - CASPER
  • You can get up to $100 off of Nectar mattresses with two free premium pillows to boot during their Labor Day sale. - NECTAR
  • Save $125 on mattresses from Layla Sleep through Sept. 12. - LAYLA SLEEP

Sources: USA Today, GQ Magazine

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  • Ulta has just launched its 21 Days of Beauty sale, taking 50 percent off a number of new beauty items, including MAC lipstick, Benefit Pore-fessional primer, the exfoliating Foreo cleansing brush, and more, each day. 
  • Anthropologie is taking an extra 50 percent off sale items, although be aware these are final sale.
  • Old Navy is also offering a 50 percent discount on all jeans, dresses, and t-shirts.
  • You can also get 50% off from Express, the Gap and 50 percent off sale items from J.Crew. Use the code AUTUMN to get the last discount. 
  • Get up to 60 percent off over 65,000 styles during Macy's Labor Day sale.  
  • L.L.Bean is taking up to 70 percent off pullovers, rain jackets, and more during its clearance sale.

Sources: Bustle, Refinery 29USA Today

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  • Until Aug. 31, Asiana will be selling tickets as low as $647 from cities such as Los Angeles and New York to Japan and other Asian destinations during its flash sale.
  • Emirates' Labor Day boasts tickets as low as $469 from New York to Italy and much more from Sept. 3 through May 31, 2020. While you'll likely find cheaper deals on some of their routes elsewhere, this is a good deal for those who enjoy luxury travel, as Emirates is considered one of the best airlines in the world. 

Sources: Conde Naste Traveler

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  • Best Buy is taking up to 40 percent off on appliances, including refrigerators, washers, and more. In addition, the retailer will also hand out a $300 Best Buy e-card when you purchase select Whirlpool and KitchenAid appliances. 
  • The Home Depot and Lowe's are also taking up to 40% off appliances, while The Home Depot's sale also includes select kitchen and bathroom products. Meanwhile, Lowe's is taking up to 60 percent off of Dyson products through Sept. 4. 

Sources: Yahoo Finance

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  • Get up to 80 percent off on select bedroom, outdoor furniture, and living room items from Houzz
  • Wayfair is taking up to 75 percent off the same items as Houzz well but in its clearance section. 
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond is taking up to 50 percent off select patio furniture, and up to 60 percent off select summer clearance items. 
  • Score up to 60 percent off cookware from the likes of All-Clad, Le Creuset, and Staub from Sur la Table.

Sources: Forbes, USA Today

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9. REI is taking up to 40 percent off popular brands like HydroFlask, Patagonia, Eno, and more. - REI

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10. A number of fast-food chains and restaurants are offering discounts this Labor Day weekend, including Applebees, IHOP, Baskin Robbins and more, which you can learn more about in this piece. - TODAY

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editor by Bobby Cherry, a senior editor at who also curates Inside Pittsburgh.

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