Tax-Free Weekend Shopping Tips

Texas’s tax-free weekend is this weekend, August 8-10. That means chaos and crowds at the mall and stores. So if you’re brave enough to face them or if you’re like me and have a family in desperate need of school supplies and clothes, then here are some tips to keep in mind while you shop.

Make a list and a budget – First and foremost, you’ll want to make a list of the items you wish to purchase as well as the budget you can spend. Put everything you can think of that you need and do not stray from the list or your budget. In addition to my kid’s school supplies, I’ll be putting 2-3 pairs of shoes on my list.

Plan accordingly – Check prices online to get an idea of whether you are getting a good deal or not. Pull out your budget in cash ahead of time to help you stick to it. Look for coupons to be used at stores to stack on top of your savings, but also check online to see if there are any regulations regarding coupons.

Think ahead – Don’t just buy things that your kids will need for the first day of classes. Buy things that they will need all semester and all year. Another thing you can plan for is Christmas. I know it is early but if you get some of your Christmas shopping out of the way now, then that will make for less stress come December.

Are you planning on going shopping this weekend for Texas’s tax-free weekend? Share with me in the comments and share any tips or tricks you may have for shopping during this hectic weekend.