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Ready to do a little tax-free shopping this summer? The Texas Tax Free weekend has been scheduled for August 5 - 7, 2016.
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!
- 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 here are the top deals I see so far in stores:
- Express -- Save 40% off jeans, plus take an additional 20% off your purchase if you follow Express on IG.
- Famous Footwear -- BOGO 50% off PLUS a 15% off coupon AND a $5 Ibotta rebate!
- Lane Bryant -- Save $10 off your purchase when you try on a pair of jeans (or $25 off your purchase if you buy a pair of jeans!)
- Loft Outlet -- Take 15% off your purchase with printable coupon.
- Office Depot or Office Max -- possibly FREE mechanical pencils plus 24-count packs of bottled water for $1.99 each!
- Macy's -- Save an additional 25% off sale and clearance priced clothing through Texas Tax Free Weekend with their Fashion Pass!
- Macy's -- We also have a NEW Wow Pass to print, good for $10 off $25 or $20 off $50 or more!
- Office Depot & Office Max -- possibly FREE pens, 1 cent printer paper, and more! (August 5 & 6 only.)
- Staples -- possibly FREE pens, plus multiple school supplies priced 50 cents or less (August 5 & 6 only.)
- Staples -- more great deals starting Sunday, August 7!
- Starbucks -- FREE coffee with school supply donations!
- Target -- FREE mechanical pencils, 50 cent folders, and more! (August 5 & 6 only.)
- Walgreens -- I counted eight separate school supply deals priced at 50 cents or less (August 5 & 6 only.)
- Walgreens -- Paper Mate Mechanical pencils 13 cents per pack! (starts August 7.)
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