Monday means back to school for residents of Cherokee County. The summer has come and gone and kids are headed back to their classrooms. Their backpacks will be full of fresh school supplies, planners, and lunch boxes and teachers will be looking forward to stocking their shelves with all of the school supplies that were requested from parents. But, hopefully, you have held off on your back to school shopping until this weekend because it is tax-free weekend in Georgia starting today, Friday August 1st through midnight on Saturday, August 2nd! To help you make the most of the two days of tax free shopping, here are some tips from the Townelaker.
What is Included
- Clothing and footwear with a sales price of less than $100 per item
- Computers and software with a sales price of $1,000 or less
- All school supplies that are $20 or less per item
- A full list of tax free items and be found here: Tax Free Weekend in Georgia
Making the Most of Your Shopping Trip
- Make and list and start by “shopping at home.” You may already have many of the supplies left over from previous years.
- Create a budget and clip coupons. Find the store that offers the best price on most of your items. It doesn’t make sense to drive around to multiple stores just to get an item a few pennies cheaper. Instead, find the store that offers the best price on most of your items, even it if that location is more expensive on a few of your items.
- Shop at the right time. The tax free weekend lasts until 12 midnight on Saturday. Go shopping late at night or early in the morning to avoid big crowds.
- Be aware of what is tax free and items that are simply marked “back to school sale” that may not be included in the tax free list.
- Be aware of exchange and return policies. You never know when your child might not like something, a shirt won’t fit, or you accidentally bought the wrong type of pencils. When you can, return them and exchange them for the right items.
Do you already have all of your back to school shopping completed or have you saved it for this weekend? Townelaker wishes you and your family a happy and safe first week of school!