Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tax-Free Shopping!

Mississippi will have its first tax-free shopping on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1. Only clothes and shoes are included, as long as they cost $100 or less. (So, if an item costs over $100, you'll have to pay the 7% tax.) Items do not have to be specifically for school, so it might be a good time to shop for yourself, too!

List of Eligible and Non-Eligible Items (This is not the best set up, in my opinion. I'll try to have to an easier to read list in the next day or two.)

Not in Mississippi? Check here to see if your state is participating this year.

My Tips to Save your Day of Tax-Free Shopping:

1) Make a list! You'll stay focused on why you're shopping.

2) Scope out the sales! Tax-free day could be a major $$ saver if you buy clothes that are on sale too.

3) Revise your list to include stores and prices! You may be able to limit the number of stores you visit once you see your list.

3) Shop alone -- or at least without kids! Shopping is so much more fun and less stressful when you can do what you want when you want. Shopping with friends can be great, but sometimes you have to compromise on where to go and what to do. And how many times have you been annoyed because of the shopping buddies who block your way while they discuss if one should try on a dress or not?? If you have kids, I probably don't need to explain why shopping without the kids is easier! Wouldn't it be nice to have a a day...or half a day...or even an hour of shopping without having to constantly tell someone to move or stop?!

4) Consider time, gas, etc! Just because an item is on sale at one store, doesn't mean you have to buy them there. If you have to drive across town just stand in another long line, it might be worth it to buy the item(s) at a store where you'll find other items you need.

Do you have any tips to add? I'd love to hear them! Just leave a comment with your best shopping tip! I'd also love to know if there's anything particular you are going to buy on tax-free day!


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