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Save on back-to-school shopping this weekend with Florida's tax-free holiday

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Whether you have back-to-school shopping to navigate, or you just want to save some money on a few things, this weekend is the time to save! Florida’s tax holiday returns this weekend, beginning today, August 1, 2014. Even if you’re not shopping for back to school, you can still save on clothing, shoes, and other things you may need.

Download a printable list of applicable items that will be tax-free in Florida this weekend.

Here’s what smart shoppers need to know about this 72-hour window in Florida for saving almost 7% on clothes, school supplies, and computers.

It's for one weekend only – August 1-3, 2014
Tax free shopping begins Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday August 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Here's where you can save:

School Supplies - Up to $15 each item
Sales tax will not be charged on items such as pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, and glue. The state set a price limit of $15 per item for this category, but unfortunately excluded staplers and computer paper.

Clothing – Up to $100 each item
Florida legislators were a little more generous this time around than in years past. Clothing and accessories are tax-free up to $100 each.

Shoes- Up to $100 per pair
Shoes are also eligible for the tax exemption. As with clothes, however, only footwear that costs less than $100 per pair will ring up tax-free.

Books
As with previous sales tax holidays, most books will be taxable. (Select publications,however, such as the Bible, are never taxable in Florida--something I didn't know before!)

Check the complete list here to be sure your purchase applies.

Personal Computers - First $750
The first $750 of the purchase price will be tax-free, provided the computers are for “non-commercial home” use.

Computer Accessories - First $750
Lawmakers were unfortunately a bit limiting in this category. USB drives are tax free, but computer bags are still taxable. Batteries and surge protectors are also not eligible for the tax break.

Check the complete list to be sure your purchase applies.

Internet Shopping
Sales tax shouldn't be charged on eligible items that are ordered online — even if those items are delivered after the sales tax holiday ends. And if you’re shopping online, be sure to save even more by using cashback sites!

I get cashback at tons of stores like Target, Disney Store, Walmart and more via links at:

And don’t forget to maximize your discounts by using coupons!
The state has no problem with you using coupons or taking advantage of BOGO sales during the sales tax holiday. Use those promotions to your advantage! Walgreens has some great buy 1, get one 50% off plus coupons on a lot of their school supplies. Also check Office Depot, Staples, Office Max, CVS and your Dollar stores for great deals.

JC Penney also has a fantastic sale coinciding with the tax-free weekend: save $10.00 off your $25 or more purchase! Here's a printable coupon you can bring with you, print a couple and split up your purchases if the clerk will allow that, sometimes they do.

Plan your shopping spree
It’s a good idea to check pricing before you head out to shop, and have a list of things you need! No sense driving to different stores just to save that 50 cents, you’ll spend more on gas and drive time…

And a lot of retailers are increasingly competitive in the back-to-school period, so be on the lookout for bargains that are unlikely to repeat themselves during the school year. If you have an American Express card, a lot of small businesses are participating in the spend at least 3 times, get $5.00 back each time. Register your card here. Another way to save some dough!

Have any other tips to share for back to school savings? Favorite stores with great prices? Give me a shout out below!

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