Parents look forward to Tax-Free Weekends during back-to-school every year. Not only can you save a good deal of money, but depending on where you shop, you can also find some really great sales as well. The one thing you absolutely must have in your arsenal before you hit the stores though?
- Gather Your List. Be sure to visit your child’s school website to download the school supply list so you know exactly what will be needed their first few weeks of school. You also want to make a list of every article of clothing your children will need – socks, underwear, sweatshirts, jeans, t-shirts, undershirts, pajamas – write it all down and be sure you have the correct sizes too! The past few months of frolicking almost always ensures a growth spurt of some sort!
- Plan Your Stores. I don’t have to tell you that dragging two or three kids around to ten different stores is not a smart plan. Not only will there be meltdowns when someone gets tired of shopping, but if you have a child who will only wear clothing from one store, and one child who will only wear clothing from another? You have the makings of a major hissy fit on your hands.
- Use Coupons. Check the local sales flyers, grab coupons from the store website and/or Facebook page, and be sure to check out our Coupon Central page that has awesome deals on everyday items you need as well as some truly killer deals for the stores you love! 50% off everything at Old Navy sound good? 75% off select items at Macy’s? These are just a sample of what you’ll find on our Coupon Central page!
- Shop Existing Sales. Be sure to get as much as you can that is already on sale! Of course, if the item you want never goes on sale, then getting it tax-free can be a pretty decent deal. The whole idea is to combine tax-free with items that are already on sale or you have coupons for to make the shopping even better!
2016 Tax-Free Holiday Chart
The following chart is courtesy of the Federation of Tax Administrators. You can find additional state-specific information such as rules and restrictions by clicking on the link to the state. States in red italics have their sales tax holiday in July.