Stocking up on back-to-school supplies can be a costly endeavor, especially if you have more than one student returning to school. In 2013, the Georgia Tax-Free Weekend is the perfect time to save big on back-to-school supplies including computers, clothing and classroom essentials. Many Atlanta retailers also offer huge sales that weekend, meaning parents can really add up the savings. Below are the ABCs concerning the 2013 Tax-Free Weekend in Georgia, which occurs on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10. You’ll also find tips on making the most of the big savings holiday.
A: All School Supplies
Basically all general school supplies with a sales price of $20 or less are exempt from taxes. This includes backpacks, classroom essentials like pens, pencils, rulers, glue, notebooks, and so much more. Remember, any particular item must be priced at $20 or less to be exempt from taxes.
B: Back-to-School Clothing and Shoes
All kids’ clothing and shoes are exempt from taxes, as long as the sale price of any particular item does not exceed $100. Items that are NOT exempt include jewelry, handbags, watches, eyewear and other related accessories.
During the 2013 Tax-Free Weekend, all computer purchases of $1000 or less are exempt from taxes. This includes personal computers, laptops, and hand-held devices like iPads and Kindles. Cellular phones, furniture, surge protectors, TVs, computer games and gaming systems, MP3 players, and computer-related accessories designed for personal use are NOT exempt from taxes.
Tips for Tax-Free Weekend Shopping
Tax-Free Weekend resembles Black Friday in that droves of shoppers swarm the stores to bag big bargains. It can also cause the hardiest shopper to lose his or her cool because of long lines, too few sales clerks, and a shopping frenzy. The best way to bag the best Tax-Free Weekend bargains is to develop a survival plan well before you walk into that first store. Below are some survival tips for back-to-school shopping during Tax Free Weekend.
- Make your list and set a budget. If possible, get your child’s supply list from school before heading out. Buy only required items and be sure to check each one off your list as the day wears on.
- Check the newspaper. While the Internet is great, it’s far easier to compare sale items in print. Take some time before Tax-Free Weekend to leisurely browse through the back-to-school ads. Go through each retailer’s ad, circle the items you want, and write them down on a master sheet.
- Plan your route. Save gas, time and money by planning out the route of your shopping excursion.
- Pack water and snacks. Back-to-school shopping can be very tiring, so make sure you have protein snacks and plenty of water in the car to drink between stops.
- Skip the heels. Wear comfortable shoes because you’ll do a lot of walking and standing in lines.
- Buy more than one item if it’s an especially good deal. Have you found the back-to-school deal of the century? Why not buy several to restock during the school year?
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