Tax-Free Weekend is Here! #Back2School

Back-to-school buying just got cheaper with this tax-free weekend guide where states cut sales tax on certain items just in time. While 16 states are participating in the tax-free days you also have Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon that never charge sales tax. Be aware that most of the tax holidays begin at 12:01 a.m. and end at midnight. Is your state lacking this tax-free day? Then it may be time to take a road trip. Here’s some free gas for all of the driving from store to store.

Maximize Rewards! Another tip for back-to-school shopping is to make sure you have a proper credit card to maximize your savings. From initial bonuses worth $600+ to 2% cashback on all purchases, there are plenty of great credit card deals available to parents this back-to-school season. You can even get 5% back on restaurant purchases while dining and shopping with these cards.

On top of a cashback credit card why not sign up for Drop and iBotta. Two amazing apps that are paying huge and you can double dip all of these programs. iBotta, for instance, will allow you to send in your receipt into the app if you shopped at Target to claim money back. With Drop, you simply add your credit cards and it knows where you shopped and will give you cash back from places such as Starbucks, Old Navy, Nike, Aerie, and other retailers. You then redeem the cashback for gift cards. If you use this link for Drop you’ll get $5 towards your first gift card.

Remeber to Stick to a Budget! It’s hard to avoid overspending if you don’t have both a shopping list and a budget. Before heading to these retail or outlet stores, make a list of what you need and do a quick search to see how much each item costs. This will help you make an overall back-to-school budget and decide how to allocate the funds. It’s too bad Amazon is not able to get in on the B2S offers but you can get Boxed tax free year long.

States Going Tax-Free!

Arkansas
When: August 5–August 6 What: School supplies, art supplies, school instructional materials and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.

Alabama
When: July 21–July 23
What: School supplies under $50; books under $30; computers under $750; clothing under $100

Connecticut
When: August 20–August 26
What: Clothing and footwear costing less than $100

Florida
When: August 4–August 6
What: School supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $750 or less per item.

Iowa
When: August 4–August 5
What: Clothing or footwear having a selling price of less than $100

Louisiana
When: August 4–August 5
What: All personal property not used for business at or below $2,500 will be tax-free. Also, on September 1 through September 3, firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies will be tax-free.

Maryland
When: August 13–August 19
What: Clothing and footwear priced under $100 will be tax exempt.

Mississippi
When: July 28–July 29
What: Clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item

Missouri
When: August 4–August 6
What: Any article of clothing, including footwear, with a taxable value of $100 or less; school supplies not to exceed $50 per purchase; graphic calculators not to exceed $150; computer software with a taxable value of $350 or less; and personal computers less than $1,500.

New Mexico
When: August 4–August 6
What: Clothing or shoes priced at less than $100 per item; desktop, laptop or notebook computers at $1,000; related computer hardware at $500; and school supplies under $30 per product.

Ohio
When: August 4–August 6
What: 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
When: August 4–August 6
What: Clothing and footwear priced under $100.

South Carolina
When: August 4–August 6
What: Clothing, accessories, school supplies and dorm and home essentials will be tax-free. There are quite a few exclusions, though, so see the full list here.

Tennessee
When: July 28–July 30
What: Clothing and school supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that are $1,500 or less

Texas
When: August 11–August 13
What: Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes.

Virginia
When: August 4–August 6
What: School supplies at $20 or less per item and qualified clothing and footwear at $100 or less per item.