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How to Shop For School Tax Free

How to Shop For School Tax Free

I can hardly even believe that we are preparing for school. Spring was completely consumed by the pandemic, so it was hard for me to write a back to school post about how to shop for school tax free, but here we are and it’s time to make your list and start building your school supply reserves now. However, I like to be able to help my readers save money.  Now is the perfect time to review the video I shared during my Homeschool Hints Video Series about how to gather homeschool supplies on a budget.

Also, check out my list of homeschooling must-haves at my Amazon store: http://bit.ly/cleverlychangingfavs

Shop For School Tax Free with These Savings Tips:

  1. School supply list can often be found online at your child’s school website or at a local Walmart. Follow Staples penny deals and take advantage of reviewing local ads at office supply stores throughout the summer. Read 10 more tips for Saving Money on School Supplies
  2. Go through the items you may still have from last school year and see if they are still in good condition, only replace items as need.
  3. Do an inventory of your child’s clothes and come of with a list of clothes that your child will need.
  4. Don’t forget about checking local thrift and discount stores to find some items at cheaper prices.
  5. Even if you plan to homeschool these deals can reduce your family cost as well. Read 4 Ways to start Homeschooling on a Limited Budget. Keep in mind that certain homeschool online sites (like Classical Conversations), will honor the tax free days in your state.

Every state’s back to school tax-free holiday is different, see the schedule below to find out about which date your state’s tax-free weekend falls on.

Back to School Time 2020 Tax Free Dates

2020 Sales Tax Free Dates

Many online retailers do honor state tax free holidays.

State Dates Applicable Items
Alabama July 17-19 Clothes under $100, School supplies under $50, books under $30, and computer related items priced under $750.
Arkansas August 1-2 Clothes and School supplies under $100
Connecticut August 16-21 Clothes and Footwear under $100
Florida August 7-9 Clothes and school supplies under $100, supplies under $15, and computer related items priced under $750. 
Georgia ø Unfortunately, GA no longer holds sales tax holidays in their state.
Iowa August 7-8 Clothes under $100
Maryland August 9-15 Clothes and Footwear under $100
Massachusetts August 29-30 Retail items up to $2,500 per item. (Some exclusions apply.)
Mississippi Sept. 4-6
Clothes and Footwear under $100
Missouri August 7-9 Clothes under $100, School supplies under $50, and computer related items priced under $1,500
New Mexico August 7-9 Clothes under $100, School supplies under $50, and computer related items priced under $1,000
North Carolina c Unfortunately, NC no longer holds sales tax holidays in their state.
Ohio August 7-9 Clothing priced at $75 per item or less; School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.
Oklahoma August 7-9 Clothes under $100
South Carolina August 7-9
Clothes, School supplies, and computers
Tennessee August 7-9 Clothes under $100, School supplies under $100, and computer related items priced under $1,500
Texas August 7-9 Clothes , Backpacks, and School supplies under $100
Virginia August 7-9
Clothes under $100, School supplies under $20, energy star products under $2,500 and generators under $1,000

Related Posts:

  1. It’s Back to School Time, Is Your Child Ready?
  2. Ten Tips for Ensuring a Healthy, Safe and Successful School Year
  3. Parents Save Money on eBay

Reader Response: What are some unique ways you save during back to school time?

What are my recommended places to shop school supplies

  • Staples
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Office Depot
  • Amazon
  • Michaels
  • Hobby Lobby
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