With the opening of school just around the corner, parents will reap the benefit of a three-day tax-free shopping weekend (August 1-3) just in time to stock up on school supplies, clothing and even a computer — anything needed to get the school year off to a good start. All without paying the 9.5% sales reaped by state and local government.
The battle for bargains kicks off at one minute past midnight tonight, and will continue through Sunday at midnight (if your favorite store is open that late).
What can you buy?
School clothing (items must be priced at $100 or less, which means no $130 deluxe sneakers), all the paper, pencils, notepads, binders, art supplies and other items your child will to start the school year off right. Need a computer? Anything valued at $1500 or less is tax exempt. At 9.5%, thats a saving of $142 and change.
For details on what you can and cannot buy, check out the listings at the State Tax Holiday website. Items ordered/sold via internet, phone, e-mail and traditional mail are also exempt.
With temperatures expected to soar to the century mark over the weekend, with projected heat indices even higher, make sure your car has plenty of coolant for that rambling around town, bring along water to drink (in a cooler with ice, if possible), or consider doing your shopping in the early morning or later evening hours.
And please, with the kind of heat the weather service is calling for this weekend, do not leave your children or your family pet unattended in your vehicle. A car in direct will heat up to 140 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Now, if only the state would ease off their portion of the gas for the weekend…