This weekend (8/19-21) is the annual tax free holiday in Texas exempting shoppers from state and local taxes. Items that are tax free include most clothing, school supplies and footwear priced under $100. That means you’ll save 8.25% on school supplies, back packs, diapers, baby clothes, swimsuits, t-shirts, shorts, shoes…the list goes on and on.
Here are a few tips to make this weekend successful:
1. Set a Budget and Stick to It – Figure out how much you can afford to spend and don’t overdo it.
2. Take Inventory of Needs – Shop for necessities first. If your budget allows, add in some fun things the kids want. But be sure you grab the important things first.
3. Check Refund Policies – Make sure your items can be returned or exchanged. This is especially important if you don’t have your kids with you.
4. Shop Early – Shop early in the morning to beat the crowds.
5. Avoid the Mall - If you only need to go to one or two stores, see if they have any free standing locations near you. Many JCPenny, Old Navy and similar stores have non-mall locations that may not be as crowded.
And of course, SHOP WITH COUPONS!!! Here are quite a few Retail Coupons to help keep your costs even lower.
- Adidas Outlet Store Coupon: $20/$100 Purchase
- Banana Republic Factory Store Coupon: 15% off $100 Purchase
- Bath & Body Works Coupon: Free Signature Item WYB $10
- Bealls Coupon: 20% Off Entire Purchase
- Cache Coupon: 25% Off Regular Price Purchase
- Chico’s Coupon: 15% Off Entire Purchase
- Express Coupon: $15 Off $30 Purchase
- Family Christian Stores Coupon: 25% Off Purchase
- Famous Footwear Coupon: 20% Off Purchase
- Hancock Fabrics Coupon: 25% Off Regular Price Purchase
- JCPenney Coupon: $10 Off $50 Purchase
- Justice Coupon: 40% Off Purchase
- KMart Coupon: $5 Off $50 Purchase
- Kohl’s Coupon: 15% Off Purchase
- Lord & Taylor Coupon: $15 Off Purchase
- Naturalizer Coupon: 20% Off Purchase
- New York & Company Coupon: $25 off $60 Purchase
- Old Navy Coupon: $10 off $50 Purchase
- Osh Kosh B’Gosh Coupon: 20% Off $40 Purchase
- Palais Royal Coupon: 25% Off One Item (zip = 77062)
- Payless Shoes Coupon: 30% off Purchase
- Shoe Carnival Coupon: $5 off $39.98 Purchase
- Sports Authority Coupon: $15 Cash Card WYB 1 Backpack Priced $49.99+
- Children’s Place Coupon: 25% Off $50 Purchase OR 15% Off Purchase
- Ulta Coupon: $3.50 off $10 Coupon
- World Market Coupon: $10 off $30 Purchase
- Yankee Candle Coupon: $10 off $25 Purchase
If you find a coupon I left off, please feel free to leave a comment. A big thanks to Surviving the Stores for the list of coupons.
Are you headed out this weekend? Or will you avoid the mall at all costs?