If you are anything like me and are ready to save some money when it comes to back to school, listen up! It is almost time for the Tax-free weekend we moms love so much. What does that mean for you?
This means you save not only the money you’d save on the sale currently going on:
You also save sales tax because of the tax-free weekend! Yes!
Sales tax can be a large amount when adding up how much you spend on one kid and multiplies when you have more than 1. I mean, I know. Shopping for 3 kids is always fun and expensive. I have to make sure I have my deal face on.
Make sure you stay within the guidelines to qualify for tax-free. This is what qualifies:
- Clothing priced $75 or less
- School supplies priced $20 or less
- School instructional materials priced $20 or less
While there is no limit on the total amount that you can spend in one transaction, you do have to watch how much each item costs. You also have to make sure you know what doesn’t count as clothing.
Clothing that does not qualify includes accessories (like cosmetics, jewelry, sunglasses, watches), protective equipment (like safety goggles, tool belts, and hard hats), sewing equipment, sporting equipment (like cleats, mouth guards, padding), costumes and patches or emblems.
What items qualify as school supplies?
- book bags
- cellophane tape
- blackboard chalk
- composition books
- folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila)
- glue, paste, and paste sticks
- index cards
- index card boxes
- legal pads
- lunch boxes
- loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
- pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
- pencil sharpeners
- writing tablets
One Last Thing:
Online orders count! All orders are done through mail, telephone, e-mail, or on the internet qualify for the sales tax exemption if you order and pay for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment.
So get to shopping this Friday and have fun!