8/04/2011

Back to School Shopping – Ways to Save

Shopping for back to school supplies and clothing doesn’t have to break your wallet. In fact, there are ways to find what you need without spending money at all.

Virginia Saves recommends shopping at home first to see if you already have items on your child’s school supply list. Things like rulers, pencil boxes and backpacks can be reused if they’re in good shape. Also, do a clothing inventory. You may find your child’s clothes are still in great condition. And if they’re not the latest style, update them with paint, patches or sequins.
If you do have to shop for school supplies and clothing, a way to maximize spending is taking advantage of Virginia’s upcoming tax holiday, August 5-7. During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax. That means saving on everything from pencils and binders to jeans and sneakers—every penny counts! And don’t let those pennies go to waste; they could be the foundation for your back to school savings for next year. Become a saver at virginisaves.org today!

For more information and a full list of tax exempt items, visit www.tax.virginia.gov.

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