10 best summer sales you can't afford to miss

  • ​Back-to-school sales

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    Back-to-school sales offer an opportunity to get rock-bottom prices on school supplies for your kids, and they are also a great time to stock up on supplies for your home office. You'll find sales at big-box retailers such as Target and Walmart and office supply stores such as Office Depot and Staples, which is matching competitors' prices and discounting 10 percent of the price difference.

    Look for savings of at least 25 percent and buy-one-get-one free offers for general school supplies, said FatWallet.com shopping expert Brent Shelton. Plus, more than a dozen states have back-to-school sales-tax holidays when sales taxes will be waived on items such as school supplies and clothes.