Tax-free weekend is drawing ever closer, and it’s proven to be the holiday Tennesseans look forward to the most for summer shopping.
From 12:01 a.m. on August 1 through August 3 at 11:59 p.m., shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on purchases for clothing, school supplies and computers, making this weekend a definite boost for many families preparing for the fall.
What exactly will be tax-free?
Items that will be exempt from sales tax include clothing with a price of less than $100 per item, school supplies with a price of less than $100 per item and computers with a price of less than $1,500.
What’s great is that even purchases made via mail, phone and the internet will also be exempt of a sales tax if the purchase is made during the holiday weekend.
Qualified items that may be out of stock during the weekend but are purchased on back-log will also remain tax-free, even if the item is delivered after the weekend.
Even better than that are layaway items. Any qualified item put on layaway during the tax-free holiday will remain exempt from taxes when the purchase is finalized, even if it’s after the weekend is finished.
Where can I go to take full advantage of this weekend?
The best way to take advantage of the savings is to have a plan of attack: know what you’re looking for and where to find it. Maybe you need to focus completely on your children’s school needs. Others might need to focus more on computer upgrades and still more might just need a fresh breath of life in their wardrobe.
When looking for tax-free purchases, your prime hunting zones will be shopping malls. With a plethora of stores in a centralized location, you’ll be able to browse through a myriad of fashion lines, school supplies and computer sellers without having to waste gas driving in the summer heat while being stuck in traffic.
For Middle Tennessee shoppers on the eastern side of Nashville (or those who live elsewhere and don’t mind a bit of a drive), Opry Mills Mall is the shopping mall of Music City. Many of the major store chains, as well as some of the more obscure ones, can be found there.
Middle Tennessee shoppers living on the northern side of town and up towards Hendersonville and Gallatin should head for the Rivergate Mall. One of the largest shopping areas outside of the main city, the Rivergate Mall houses more than 150 stores, meaning that you’re sure to find everything you need in one stop, or maybe even just a store or two away.
For the Middle Tennessee shoppers on the southern side of town, the Cool Springs Galleria provides a spectacular shopping experience, and it’s located in the center of a shopping area hosting all of the shops you could ever need.
Murfreesboro shoppers are also in luck, as The Avenue will be extending their hours during the tax-free weekend. Stores located at The Avenue will be operating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s hours will be from Noon to 6 p.m. Also, the Stones River Mall will be hosting a fun back-to-school pep rally and fashion show on Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m., providing a festive environment for your tax-free shopping.
Tax-free weekend is the perfect time for purchasing donations.
Not only is tax-free weekend a great time to shop for your family, but it’s also the perfect time to help needy families as well.
School supply drives all across Middle Tennessee would greatly appreciate any support shoppers can give. If you’ve got any extras on the side, organizations such as Best Buddies, the Boys and Girls Club and LP PENCIL Box could use all the help they can get.
Take full advantage of tax-free weekend by shopping where you can find the best deals. Have any tips or want to share your favorite places to shop on tax-free weekend? Let me know in the comments. I’m always game for shopping tips!