It's that time of year again. Back to school shopping. If you're lucky you live in a state offering a take free shopping days. The lack of sales tax on back to school items makes the back to school sales even better and you can use this sale to the whole family's advantage.
Tips for Shopping During the Tax Free Holiday for Back to School
Check your individual state's laws on tax-free back to school shopping. Most include clothing, computers and accessories, sports equipment, and of course school supplies.
After you know what your state offers dig into making a list of what you need for the whole family. Yes, you don't have to be in school to take advantage so plan ahead to get what you need for the entire family. This is the perfect time to clean out closets, buy new backpacks, and stock up on sneakers in the next couple sizes up.
Check the local sales. Most stores want you to shop with them during the tax-free shopping. They want your business so bad they will often offer bigger sales that week so be sure to scout out what stores are offering the best deals. Walmart, target, and other stores that offer a bit if everything will have the best variety of deals ready to go.
Shop with a friend. Tax-free shopping lasts only a couple of days and you can use it to your advantage by teaming up with a friend to look for deals and items both families may need. You can team up by making purchases in bulk to share.
Look for the unconventional. Some states even have tax free on baby items during tax-free back to school shopping. This is a great time for families with young children to stock up on diapers, clothes, and other baby items you need. If you have upcoming baby showers or want to grab some clothing items for holiday gifts now is the time.
Invest in yourself. While shopping those school supply deals look for items that allow you to improve your own education interests, and goals. If you need a new computer or another item to start a home based business back to school sales combined with tax-free days is a great way to get a deal.
Plan your budget ahead. With tax-free shopping, you can take a bit of time to plan ahead and gather a bit extra in your budget to buy more. This will let you take the biggest advantage of tax-free shopping. Get items you will need all year. When budgeting remember to leave the cost of taxes out. That extra money in your budget can allow you to shop more and save more on things you would normally buy throughout the year.