Shopping for back to school season can be very expensive. Fortunately, many states offer tax-free weekends to help parents save money on a variety of school supplies and clothing. Each state has a different list of requirements for what is included in their tax-free weekend. Items that can be purchased tax-free include clothing, school supplies, books, and computers. Be sure to double check this list with your specific state via the links provided, and feel free to comment below on any other states participating in Tax-Free Weekends.

Alabama: August 5–7, 2016: Clothing ($100), Computers ($750), School Supplies ($50), Books ($30). Find more information on the state website.

Arkansas: August 6–7, 2016: Clothing ($100), School Supplies. Find more information on the state website.

Connecticut: August 21–27, 2016: Clothing and footwear ($300). Find more information on the state website.

Florida: August 5–7, 2016: School Supplies ($15), Clothing ($60). Find more information on the state website.

Georgia: July 30–31, 2016: School Supplies ($20), Clothing ($100), Computers ($1,000). Find more information on the state website.

Iowa: August 5–6, 2016: Clothing ($100). Find more information on the state website.

Louisiana: August 5–6, 2016: All Tangible Personal Property  ($2,500). Find more information on the state website.

Maryland: August 14–20, 2016: Clothing & Footwear ($100). Find more information on the state website.

Mississippi: July 29–30, 2016: Clothing & Footwear ($100) or less per item. Find more information on the state website.

Missouri: August 5–7, 2016: Clothing ($100), Computers ($1,500), School Supplies ($50). Find more information on the state website.

New Mexico: August 5–7, 2016: Clothing (less than $100), Computers ($1,000), Computer Equipment ($500), School Supplies ($30). Find more information on the state website.

Oklahoma: August 5–7, 2016: Clothing (less than $100). Find more information on the state website.

South Carolina: August 5–7, 2016: Clothing, School Supplies, Computers. Find more information on the state website.

Tennessee: July 29–31, 2016: Clothing ($100), School Supplies ($100), Computers ($1,500). Find more information on the state website.

Texas: August 5–7, 2016: Clothing, Backpacks, and School Supplies—less than $100. Find more information on the state website.

Virginia: August 5–7, 2016: Clothing ($100), School Supplies ($20). Find more information on the state website.

Here are a few other tips to help you save during this back-to-school shopping season.

  • Check mobile savings apps, such as Ibotta, for additional savings. Unlock savings offers and then scan your receipt.
  • Check out Groupon for any gift card deals you can purchase. From time to time, Groupon advertises discounted gift cards for a limited amount of customers. If there are no gift card deals, check out the coupon index within the Groupon site—there are a lot of great savings that you can print out.
  • Make your purchase in multiple transactions. For example, if you’re purchasing $200 of apparel and the tax-free threshold is $100 ask your cashier to do two separate transactions. You’ll save even more!
  • Check the sales circular for the week and make the most out of each sale.

*All information was checked for accuracy on July 29, 2016. States reserve the right to make changes. We encourage shoppers to visit the state’s website prior to making purchases. 

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