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Save green during the tax free weekend

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

Shoppers can save a little money on their back to school expenses this weekend by taking advantage of the annual three-day sales tax holiday starting Friday, August 1.

Approved school supplies that cost less than $20 per item are exempt from the state sales tax, as well as clothing that costs less than $100 per item.

Pens, paper, textbooks, crayons and pencils, as well as jeans, shirts, socks, underclothes and other apparel can all be bought for the sales price only. But if you were thinking of buying a computer, printer, rain boots or athletic equipment, you’re on the hook for sales tax for those items, unless the retailer opts to absorb the sales tax themselves.

While many families take advantage of the sales tax holiday, there are some who don’t believe the savings is all that spectacular.

Christina Mullins commented on The Central Virginian’s Facebook page that she has already purchased all of back to school items for one of her children and the basic needs of her other two.

“I am waiting on school supply lists for them,” Mullins wrote, “And it doesn’t save me enough to worry about it.”

Camdynne Amick agrees.

“I already got my daughter’s school supplies!,” she wrote. “I’m not going through that mess to save a couple dollars!”

However, Jessica Osborne commented that she prefers to wait each year for the sales tax holiday to shop for the pricier items her children need such as clothing and shoes.

For retailers in Louisa County, the sales tax holiday means potentially more revenue as people take advantage of the savings.

At Peebles, in the town of Louisa, store manager Mazifa Shakeri, is preparing for a big back to school sale and what she hopes will be a busy shopping weekend.

The store will have extended hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as a convenience to customers who want to shop locally for their back-to-school needs.

To read the entire story, see the July 31 edition of The Central Virginian.