Tax-free weekend is quickly approaching here in South Carolina (Friday, August 3rd – Sunday, August 5th). While this is a great time to shop for your back-to-school items, it can really add up and drain our wallets quickly. Fortunately, we have some great tips for you when shopping this weekend and also some information about what items are considered tax-free, and which ones are not.
Tax-free shopping applies to:
- School supplies
- Computer Equipment
Tax-free shopping cannot be used to buy:
- Items placed on layaway
Tips before you head to the stores
- Make sure to get your child’s school supply list from the school so you know exactly what they need. Many teachers are specific about the types of pencils and other supplies they want, so you’ll want to make sure that you get the correct ones!
- Compare prices online before heading to the store. Although the tax-free savings are great, it may still be cheaper to buy some of the supplies online.
- Some stores do not allow you to use coupons during tax-free weekend. Make sure to check ahead with your favorite stores to see if this is the case.
- Classrooms often run low on supplies at some point during the school year. Plan ahead and stock up on supplies you know will go quick, either at school or home (think: pencils, tissues, glue sticks, etc.) so you can accumulate some savings!
- Make a list and stick to it. It’s easy to impulse buy when you feel like you’re “getting a deal”, but big sales will be happening at the end of the season too, so ask yourself if you really need that extra item before purchasing.
- Shop local. There are so many great local stores in the Charleston area that would love your business.
- Divide and conquer. Although a family shopping trip to Target may sound like a good idea, chances are that you’ll walk out of there with a lot more than you intended to buy, a lot less money in your wallet, and witness to at least a tantrum or two. Maybe Dad or Grandma can watch the kiddos and you can shop alone (hello, amazing!)
- Take inventory of what clothes and shoes fit/don’t fit your kids. They grow out of things fast, and the last thing you want on your first morning heading out the door is to realize that your child’s sneakers don’t fit them anymore!