It may still feel like summer outside, but the back-to-school sales are coming. First up are the tax-free week and weekend events. Many states suspend or decrease sales tax on certain products so families can stock up for school without breaking the bank. As the New Mexico department of taxation and revenue writes on its website, "it's nothing short of a bonanza."
Tax-exempt items vary by location and sometimes have price caps. But Laura Singeltary, a coupon expert in Georgia, told WALB all customers should try to take advantage of the tax break. "Basically the next two days, I would try to be out there like it's Christmas time," she said.
Offers.com representative Anna Christakos told Forbes in 2014 that shoppers should be careful and look to see if there are exclusions on certain products they want. Christakos said people shouldn't "go crazy and go on a shopping spree" but make smart purchases.
Check out which states are holding tax-free promotions below, according to a list compiled by DealNews, and then click the state name for details from the government. Happy shopping.
Alabama — Aug. 5-7 — clothing, computers, school supplies and books
Arkansas — Aug. 6-7 — clothing, accessories, art supplies and school supplies
Connecticut — Aug. 21-27 — clothing and shoes
Florida — Aug. 5-7 — clothing, accessories and school supplies
Georgia — Saturday through Sunday — clothing, computers and school supplies
Iowa — Aug. 5-6 — clothing and shoes
Maryland — Aug. 14-20 — clothing and shoes
Mississippi — Friday through Saturday — clothing and shoes
Missouri — Aug. 5-7 — clothing, computers, software, graphic calculators and school supplies
New Mexico — Aug. 5-7 — clothing, shoes, computers and school supplies
Ohio — Aug. 5-7 — clothing and school supplies
Oklahoma — Aug. 5-7 — clothing and shoes
South Carolina — Aug. 5-7 — clothing, shoes, computers, bed linens and school supplies
Tennessee — Friday through Sunday — clothing, computers and school supplies
Texas — Aug. 5-7 — clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies
Virginia — Aug. 5-7 — clothing, shoes, school supplies and emergency preparedness items