SHOPPING STRATEGY: Tips to make the most of the sales tax holiday

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

The upcoming Back to School Sales Tax Holiday will be Aug. 2-4. Florida law directs that no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing and school supplies. For the first year, personal computers and certain related accessories selling for $750 or less per item will be included.

The local chapter of the Better Business Bureau offers the following suggestions for a successful sales tax holiday weekend:

Plan ahead.Set a realistic budget and stick to it. Make a list of items you need to purchase to avoid buying on impulse.

Shop carefully.Tax holiday “sales” and promotions may not be what they appear to be. Compare prices and sales at similar stores.

Ask questions.Find out how refunds and exchanges are handled after the sales tax holiday has ended.

Shop with reliable retailers.Always check with your BBB for a Business Review on the business.

Collect store discount coupons.The store discount coupons reduce the sales price of an item. Manufacturer’s coupons are not paid by the retailer and do not reduce the selling price of an item during tax-exempt weekend.

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