Allison Lacey

Allison Lacey

For the first time, I will be taking advantage of Tax-Free Weekend. Seriously, for as long as I can remember, I have avoided shopping on Tax-Free Weekend the same way I avoid shopping on Black Friday, i.e., avoid it like the plague.

As much as I love shopping, I have never before found any value in fighting a million other shoppers to save 8 percent. That being said, also haven’t had to go school shopping in almost 20 years.

Why am I participating now, you ask? Two reasons: 1. I have a child starting school next week who has only ever worn uniforms and needs actual clothes that don’t have rips, holes or show her midriff, and 2. Because I’ve procrastinated until the very last second and now I have absolutely zero other options. Oh well, maybe I’ll learn my lesson for next year (though probably not).

So, what is the first thing I did when preparing for Tax-Free Weekend? I googled “tax-free weekend” after it occurred to me that I had no idea how this actually worked. Luckily, I quickly found to guide me through the do’s and don’ts of this very special holiday. Literally, they refer to it as a “holiday.” Does this mean we should all get off work? I think so.

OK, what exactly does this holiday entail? Here is what I learned. Exempted items include most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. Not total, per item. So, each individual item under $100 is exempt from sales tax.

As with anything, there are certain limitations. For example, special clothing or footwear made primarily for athletic activity or “protective use” and that is not normally worn except when used for athletic activity or as protective wear is not included for purposes of this holiday. What this means is that the golf cleats we might need to purchase since our kid plays golf are not tax-exempt, but the tennis shoes she needs for drill team will be.

There are a few other restrictions, but these are the basics of Tax-Free Weekend.

Now, if you are wondering where the best places to go this weekend to take advantage of this discount will be, your guess is as good as mine. Like I said, I’ve never bothered with this holiday before. I do, however, have a hand written list of specific items to be found at specific stores in the mall, which I will apparently be visiting early Saturday morning. I wish I could provide you a list of names, but I honestly can’t remember ssince I’ve never set foot in them before. I will tell you this. I’m fairly certain none of them serve mimosas to parents standing outside of the dressing rooms.

On that note, see you this weekend.

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