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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Texas Tax-Free Weekend 2015: Top 5 Shopping Tips!

Ready to do a little tax-free shopping this summer?  The Texas Tax Free weekend has been scheduled for August 7 - 9, 2015.

Those three days, Texas shoppers can skip paying taxes on clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced at $100 or less!

Here are a few of my favorite shopping tips to help you successfully navigate your tax-free shopping:

  • The tax free exemption counts toward any valid item under $100, even if you wind up spending more than $100 in a single transaction.  For example, if you buy three kids each a new pair of $50 sneakers, your $150 worth of purchases are all tax-free.
  • Items over $100 are still charged sales tax -- so you can't buy a $200 coat and only pay sales tax on $100 of it.
  • Lay-away plans can be used to help spread costs out across several paycheck cycles, so check and see if your store offers it!  You'll qualify for tax-free if you either a) put the item on layaway during the weekend, or b) make the final payment on a previously laid-away item during the weekend.
  • Messenger bags and backpacks with wheels qualify for tax free exemptions, as long as they can be worn on the body like a traditional backpack.  Wheeled luggage sadly doesn't qualify.
  • Baby clothes and diapers are tax free as well -- so this is a terrific weekend to coupon for baby gear!  We actually have printable Huggies coupons available to grab right now here, so print now and save them for the weekend.
  • See more money-saving tips here!
You can read the entire Texas tax free holiday guidelines to get you up to speed as the weekend approaches.  And I've got the master list of back to school deals available that weekend here.

What do you plan to buy during the Texas tax free weekend?  Share your shopping strategies in the comments section below.