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By Leslie Huffman
Wake County families can save money on eligible back-to-school items by participating in North Carolina’s sales tax holiday weekend on August 6-8. If basic school supplies, clothing, and a new computer are on your back-to-school shopping list this year, then take advantage of the bargain shopping this weekend.
Save Money On These Items
The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 and lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8.
Go to http://www.dor.state.nc.us/taxes/sales/salestax_holiday.html for more details on the 2010 sales tax holiday.
Tips for Additional Savings
For some families, purchasing all of the necessary items while staying within the budget can be a challenge. Before you go to the store, be sure to check with your school for a supply list. Prepare a budget with your child and let your child pick a few special items he or she likes. While these back-to-school shopping strategies will help you be a more efficient buyer, planning ahead will help you get the most bang for your buck.
Buy school supplies in 3’s. When you find a great deal on basic supplies such as paper, pencils, crayons, binders, etc., try to stock up with at least three of each item. Your children will be well-stocked for the first day of school, and you can restock at least twice later in the school year or have a head start for next year.
Team up and buy in bulk. Wholesale stores offer great deals for shoppers who buy in bulk. To get discounts on basic school supplies, talk with your neighbors, friends or other parents in your child’s school who need to purchase school supplies. Once the group agrees on a shopping list, buy in bulk and split the cost.
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