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Heads Up - How To Save Money During Your State’s Tax-Free Weekend

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Each year, as the end of summer holidays approach, more than a dozen states across the country give parents a reason to enjoy back to school shopping.

Special tax free weekends offered in these states provide killer deals on children's clothing, shoes, and even computers.

While it's a great way for parents to save money, you don't need children to enjoy the deals on electronics and school (or office) supplies.

Tax Free Weekend
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But keep this in mind: local sales taxes still apply, and most states have a cap on how much you can save tax-free.

Even if you don't want to face the back-to-school crowds, you can shop online and save. Amazon will automatically match your state's tax savings, while other stores require you to submit a receipt.

And, of course, be on the lookout for local stores offering other great deals.

Which states are participating in tax-free weekends?

Tax Free Weekend
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Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri have already had their tax-free weekends in July, so if you live in one of those states you're out of luck.

But this year Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin are offering tax savings.

When is my state's tax-free weekend?

Tax Free Weekend
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Here is the schedule for tax-free days in August, and information on how much you can save:

This list is in alphabetical order by state.

Arkansas - August 4-5

  • Clothes and shoes under $100
  • Clothing accessories under $50
  • Some school supplies and teaching materials

Connecticut - August 19-25

  • Clothes and shoes under $100 (does not include accessories or athletic footwear).

Florida - August 3-5

  • Clothes, shoes, and accessories under $60
  • School supplies under $15

Iowa - August 3-4

  • Clothes and shoes under $100 (does not include accessories or athletic footwear).

Maryland - August 12-18

  • Clothes and shoes under $100
  • The first $40 of a backpack purchase

Missouri - August 3-5

  • Clothes and footwear under $100
  • Computers under $1,500
  • School supplies under $50
  • Graphic calculators under $150

New Mexico - August 3-5

  • Clothes, shoes, and accessories under $100
  • Computers under $1,000
  • Computer equipment under $500
  • School supplies under $30

Ohio - August 3-5

  • Clothes under $75
  • School supplies under $20

Oklahoma - August 3-5

  • Clothes under $100

South Carolina - August 3-5

  • Clothes, accessories, shoes, school supplies and bedding (some restrictions apply).

Texas - August 10-12

  • Clothes, shoes, school supplies, and backpacks under $100

Virginia - August 3-5

  • Clothes under $100
  • School supplies under $20

Wisconsin - August 1-5

  • Clothes and school supplies under $75
  • Computer supplies under $250
  • Computers under $750

Don't forget to share these dates with any parents you know!

Here are more easy ways to save money:

[H/T: DealNews]

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