You'll save seven percent on clothes, shoes, and school supplies by taking advantage of Florida's tax free weekend. But the savings don't stop there.
Here are some proven strategies to help budget conscious shoppers stretch their family dollar even farther:
1) USE COUPONS.
Coupons are accepted during the tax-free week, provided the item's original price falls within the tax-free guidelines ($15 for supplies; $75 for clothing; $750 for computers). Many stores are advertising heavily for the weekend, and some have included coupons with the circulars.
2) PRICE MATCH.
Compare prices, and speak up when you find another store selling an item you want for less. Either bring the ads with you or use your smartphone to prove there's a gap. Even price matching isn't written into the store's policy, many store managers have a surprising amount of leeway to keep your business. Also, select stores will accept competitors' coupons.
3) LOOK FOR THE ODD ONES.
Politicians write the law that allows for the back-to-school tax holiday. Because of that, you'll find some unusual items that qualify. Why not capitalize on Tallahassee's creative writing? Here are some of the more puzzling items eligible for back-to-school tax savings: lingerie, fishing vests, bowling shoes, bow ties, purses, wallets, and martial arts attire.
Haggle your way to an even better deal, especially with computers and tablets (which are tax-free for the first time in 2013). Perhaps the price of a computer will fall if you agree to buy accessories too (which are also tax free). Ask. You might be delighted how generous a store manager might be to get your bill under the $750 tax-free threshold.
5) STOCK UP.
It's no coincidence that many sales coincide with the tax-free weekend. Savvy shoppers told us they pounce on the double dip, and buy enough school supplies for the entire year.
6) BACKPACK WARRANTY.
Kids give their backpacks a beating. Rather than buying them new over and over again, consider one with a warranty. Jansport, for example, has a great reputation for its lifetime warranty, often replacing backpacks at no charge.
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