The state of Virginia is offering three tax free shopping events during 2013. One applies to general merchandise, while the other two focus on hurricane preparedness and Energy Star products. You can help your family save money this year by planning your back-to-school shopping, along with the purchase of any appliances and/or emergency materials you need, around these dates.
Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment: May 25-31, 2013
- General hurricane preparedness supplies priced under $60 per item
- Portable generators costing less than $1,000
School Supplies and Clothing: Aug. 2-4, 2013
- Clothing and footwear under $100
- School supplies under $20
Energy Star and WaterSense Qualified Products.: October 11-14, 2013
- Qualifying Energy Star products purchased for noncommercial home or personal use
- Applies to qualifying purchases under $2,500 per item
Smart Shopping Strategies for Virginia's Tax Free Week:
In general, using good common sense is the best way to save even more more during tax free week. This means comparing prices at different stores, which you can do online, and also using coupons - in addition to the tax free savings - whenever possible.
In addition, don't make the mistake of buying items that you don't need just because of the sales tax holiday. After all, the sales tax rate in Virginia is 5%, so that amount - plus any local sales tax, if applicable - is the amount that you would be saving by shopping during the tax free weekend. By comparing prices at different stores, which you can do online, and also using coupons, you might find what you need for less by shopping during the week before or the week after the tax free event.
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