It’s that time of year – Back to School – and that means shopping for school supplies.
Many states have designated days for tax-free shopping, and each has its own criteria for shopping. Typically, you can get clothes, supplies, backpacks, crayons, pencils, pens, erasers, lunch boxes, paper, notebooks, and in some cases, computers – and pay no sales tax!
So, be sure to take advantage of saving some money on clothing and school supplies.
Here are the tax-free weekends for your state:
- Alabama – July 15 – 17
- Arkansas – August 6 – 7
- Georgia – July 31 – August 1
- Illinois – August 5 – 14
- Indiana – No sales tax holiday
- Iowa – August 5 – 6
- Kentucky – No sales tax holiday
- Mississippi – July 29 – 30
- Missouri – August 5 – 7
- Oklahoma – August 5 – 7
- Tennessee – July 29 – 31
- Texas – August 5 – 7
5 tips for saving on back-to-school supplies
Don’t break the bank and shop smart with these tips on how you can make the most out of the tax-free holiday:
- Shop at home first
Check your drawers and closets and gather all your kids’ school items and clothes. Put them on a table and take inventory of what you need for this school year.
- Make a list – and stick to it
Before heading to the store, make a list of everything you need and where you will buy it. You’ll save time and money! And only buy what you need!
- Look for coupons and deals
Go online to see if your stores have deals and coupons – clip away! Check the local newspaper for additional deals and shopping hours.
- Buy generic
Save a few more pennies by buying generic items as opposed to name brands. Plus, store brands can save you money.
- Compare prices
Get the best deal for everything you buy by carefully comparing the price.
By following these tips, you can save money and make it go further. And you’ll be more apt to stick to your budget. Finally, if you can, go on the first day of the tax-free weekend so the store will be sufficiently stocked with plenty of items.
So, plan ahead and happy shopping. Here’s to a great school year for all the kids – and parents!