School is once again right around the corner, making another year of public school mayhem in Texas. One of the splendid things about Texas is its tax-free weekend savings that comes around every August to lighten the load of necessary back to school shopping. It has become so regular that one could add the tax-free weekend to the well-known list of certainties in life: death, taxes, and a Texas tax-free weekend. However, this is the one certainty that we actually look forward to!
When else can one use the word tax in such a positive way?
This year, the sales tax holiday is this weekend – Aug. 9-11. We are one of 17 states with a tax-free weekend. But unlike most of those 17 states, the Aug. 9-11 holiday will be the second tax free holiday of 2013 in Texas! (The first one was a secret back in May…) How generous our politicians are! Any time we can legally avoid paying more money in Texas we holler, “Yee-haw!” (it reminds us of the spirit that brought about Texas Independence Day!). However, don’t let all that knee-slappin’ celebration make you think the government made the weekend so simple. Be sure to go to this site to learn more about the fine print of the tax-free bonanza. Don’t pay more than you have to!
-clothing and footwear under $100
-School supplies under $100
-Backpacks under $100 for elementary and secondary students
-Includes layaway items
Just imagine if every parent of the 4,933,617 students in Texas public grade schools (according to 2010 census data) were to take advantage of the savings made possible! By saving about 8 bucks for every $100 spent it really adds up. If parents spent just 100 dollars on every child this weekend, the savings would amount to $39,468,936! That does not even include the approximately 1,321,926 students in public Texas colleges. So, in order to maximize your legal thievery check out this guide to the weekend’s activities. Whether your preferable shopping destination is Wal-mart, Target, Toys-R-Us (for the college kids of course), Kroger, or HEB be sure to equip yourself with knowledge before you get to that check out line with the non-valid items! It may not be as dangerous as Black Friday, but it still requires your shopping senses to be on full alert for savings.
Then after you have saved all of that moolah, mosey on over to Texas Treats in order to share the love through gifts with those around you! Or you can even treat yourself!