Monday, August 2, 2010

Shopping Smart This Tax-Free Weekend

In NC, you can shop tax-free from August 6th thru 8th.  I do plan to fight with the crowds early Saturday morning, mainly because crowds don't bother me too bad.  There are a lot of things to take in consideration if you really want to save the most money during this weekend.  First of all know that the stores are smart. They know you are going to come buy from them because it is tax-free weekend.  They will have lots of sales to draw you to their store also.  The key is knowing if it really is a sale or not.  For example, they may advertise jeans at JcPenney for $19.99 which is $10 dollars off the regular price.  Sounds great, but wait till the next week when they are are on sale for $14.95. You would only save $1.50 on tax.  Whereas, if you would have waited till the next weekend you would have saved $5.00.  This happens in almost all stores, I've seen it year after year.  So what can make tax-free weekend worth fighting the crowd? 

1. COUPONS!  Go online right now and sign up for emails from your favorite stores.  Most likely at least half will send you a special offer or coupon for this weekend.  Here are some of the coupons I can use this weekend that I got in the mail.  Some I can even use on clearance and sale items.  I will definitely be taking advantage of my Express coupon which is $15 off a $30 purchase.

2. Look for clearance items.  There will be a lot of clearance sections in every store trying to get rid of Summer merchandise to bring in their Fall stock.  Combine these items with tax-free and a coupon and you have a pretty good deal.

3. Shop around for school supplies.  If you are going shopping in a big city that has stores all in one area like Staples, Office Depot and Walmart then try and stop by each one to get whatever their weekly school supply deal is.  Walmart may have glue sticks for .25 while Staples is advertised a $1. Do your research before you leave home.

I'll try and post a list of good deals near the end of the week. Good luck!

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