Tips for Ohio Tax Free Shopping Weekend – Smart Savings for Back to School

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Tips for Ohio Back to School Tax Free Shopping Days

As I mentioned in my Back to School Tax Free Shopping Days post- this year Ohio has jumped on board and is offering a Tax Free Shopping Weekend.  In Ohio these dates are set for Aug 7-9.  Since this the the first year for us.  I thought I would share a few tips to get the most out of this weekend.

Know the Ohio Details

First you need to know the specifics for the Ohio weekend. You can find the “official” Ohio Sales Tax Holiday info here.  The “holiday” will run from Friday, August 7, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

The following items are exempt from sales tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.

So what does that mean?  In Ohio they are qualifying each item’s maximum and not a total purchase max.  So for instance, if you bought 2 pairs of jeans for $20 each and 2 pairs of shoes for $50 each, all 4 items would be tax exempt because the items are $75 or less each.

Lots of items qualify as “clothing” including diapers, swimsuits and rain gear!  But things like accessories/jewelry, sports equipment, protective gear and sewing supplies are not included.  You can see all the inclusions/exclusions here. And the list of school supplies is pretty extensive, so you should be able to get most of the items off your list, including backpacks, lunch boxes, basic calculators and pencil sharpeners.  Remember each item must be $20 or less.

Also, this applies to instore and online purchases too. Just be sure to make the purchase during the Tax Free dates (and not before, even if shipping happend during this weekend).

Stick to Your List

It could be very tempting to justify extra purchases during this weekend.  But remember, you really are only saving 5.75-8.75% (depending on the tax rate where you are shopping).  While the savings is still helpful, it does not warrant extra spending.  Make sure to take inventory of your clothes closets and school supplies lists before shopping.

Stack the Savings

And as I always love to say, you can save more when you stack up the discount opportunities.  Be sure to check out all the current Back to School Sale items that are being offered for that weekend. By Monday Aug 3rd, I should have the best deals posted for the Friday and Saturday shopping days .   And yes you can use the sale promotions and coupons.  Just remember that the price limits are determined by the actual price paid for an item  So if you have 2 pairs of shoes that are $80, but included in a Buy One Get One Free promotion, if the one pair rings up at $80 – it will not be tax exempt.

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Not in Ohio?  Some of these tips may also apply, but check out my list of Back to School Tax Free Shopping Days to see if your state is participating. Also be sure to watch for a weekly Roundup of School Supply Deals right here on Mission to Save!

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