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14 Top-Rated Back-to-School Backpacks for Less Than $50

Does your student need a new book bag? We run down some of the options.

School backpack. Photo credit: Flickr/cdedbdme (CC BY-SA 2.0).
School backpack. Photo credit: Flickr/cdedbdme (CC BY-SA 2.0).
By Patch Editor John Davisson

The start of school is just around the corner (Monday, Aug. 26, in Montgomery County), and for many students, that means it's time to buy a new backpack.

There's a dizzying array of options out there, so to make life a little easier for parents and students, we've collected a few of the top-rated book bags on Amazon.com for less than $50, excluding shipping, handling and tax. 

The prices listed are current as of Aug. 2, 2013. Note that some models may cost more in patterns and colors other than the ones specified below. Some are also eligible for free shipping.

For your pre-schooler or elementary schooler, there's:
And for older students—or really anyone at all—there's:
As for other back-to-school apparel, you may want to hit the stores and take advantage of Maryland's Tax-Free Week, which runs Aug. 11 to 17, 2013. Backpacks aren't eligible for the sales tax break, but most clothing and footwear under $100 is eligible.

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