If you want to save the most on back to school items, you can shop tax free weekend to save extra. Many stores will have major sales and deals on top of the tax free weekend. This is a great time to majorly stock up.
1. Know what is tax free in your state.
Each state has different items that are included for tax free weekend. Some states include computers and computer equipment, while other states exclude electronics altogether, but include diapers.
2. Make a List.
Before hitting the sales, make a list of the items you need (Use this FREE Back to School shopping list here). This will help you stay on task and get only the items on your list.
3. Shop early.
The phrase, “The early bird catches the worm” is true during big sales events like tax free weekend. Try going in at midnight when the tax free weekend officially starts (and while your husband and kids are sleeping). Most people are sleeping, which means less crowds, shorter lines, and a better chance at having the items you need in stock. As a bonus, you will probably get in and out quicker since you won’t have the kiddos with you.
4. Price Match.
Is there a computer you want at Walmart, but they are sold out? Price match the same computer at Target or Office Max/Office Depot so you can still get the deal. Be sure to know which stores in your area price match and which stores they price match. Tip: download the Amazon app to easily price match in the store.
5. Use Coupons.
There are so many coupons available right now to stack with school supply deals! Do your homework (or take a look at the match-ups) to see if you can stack a coupon with a particular deal you are wanting to grab. You can see if there are any coupons available for a certain product here. If you have a Target in your area, be sure to check to see which Cartwheel offers are available for the items on your list.
6. Take advantage of rewards programs.
Many stores offer a rewards program where you earn “points” for each dollar you spend and can use them on another purchase. If you’re going to be doing some shopping, you might as well be racking up the points! Stores like Office Depot/Office Max, Kmart, Staples, Toys R Us, and many others offer these types of reward programs. Be sure you are signed up so you can be earning rewards.
7. Shop online.
Skip the crowds altogether and shop online. Most stores (like Target, Kmart, and Walmart) will allow you to shop online and get the same prices that are offered in the store. You can have them shipped to you or choose free in store pick up. You can pick up your order when the crowd has died down, or have your husband pick it up on the way home. You will still save money and can skip the crowds.
Remember that Tax Free Weekend covers more than just school supplies (in some states). In some areas, you can get shoes, printers, computers, books, and more (up to a certain price) tax free. You can even get some dorm room essentials (like towels and bedding) tax free.