Like everything else these days, back-to-school supplies have gone up in price. Texans shopping August 5-7 can save a little money.

HOUSTON — Parents about to do their back-to-school shopping might be in shock over the stickers.

It pays to do your homework beforehand and compare prices to get the best value. The Penny Pincher’s passionate blog full of suggestions and price comparisons.

The best time to buy supplies across Texas will be Sales tax exemption upcoming weekend August 5-7.

  • You will not pay taxes on school supplies Where most clothes and shoes which cost up to $100.
  • There is no limit to the number of items you can purchase and the $99.99 limit is per item, not per purchase.
  • Many stores will be running sales this weekend to help you save even more money!

We’ve put together this Duty Free Weekend Guide to help you build your game plan.

School supplies eligible for sales tax exemption

  • binders
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Composition notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Folders – stretch, pocket, plastic and manila
  • Glue, paste and dough sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Sheets
  • Card boxes
  • Kits offered by resellers
  • Legal blocks
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers (including dry erase markers)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper – loose-leaf lined notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Sharpener
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Reporters
  • Rules
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets

Clothing and footwear eligible for sales tax exemption

  • Adult Diapers
  • Aprons (household)
  • Athletic socks
  • baby bibs
  • baby clothes
  • Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
  • Backpacks for primary/secondary students
  • Baseball Caps
  • Baseball Jerseys
  • blouses
  • Boots: general purpose; fashion; cowboy; Trek
  • General Purpose/Fashion
  • Bowtie
  • bowling shirts
  • Arms
  • Camping clothes
  • Caps (baseball, fishing, golf)
  • chef uniforms
  • Fancy costumes for children
  • office clothes
  • Coats and shawls
  • Combinations
  • Diapers (cloth and disposable)
  • Dresses
  • Earmuffs
  • Employee uniforms (unless rented)
  • Fishing caps
  • Fishing vests (not floating)
  • Football shirts
  • Gloves: general purpose; leather
  • Golf caps
  • Golf dresses
  • Golf jackets and windbreakers
  • Golf shirts
  • Golf Skirts
  • Graduation caps and gowns
  • Gymnastic costumes and uniforms
  • Hats
  • Hoodies & Sweatshirts
  • Hosiery, including supporting hosiery
  • Hunting vests
  • Jackets
  • jeans
  • jogging clothes
  • Beanies or knitted hats
  • Leggings
  • Leotards and tights
  • Mask, disguise
  • Masks, cloth masks and disposable cloth masks
  • Ties and ties
  • Nightgowns and nightgowns
  • Painter’s pants
  • Pajamas
  • Trousers
  • Tights
  • Raincoats and ponchos
  • Rain hats
  • religious clothing
  • Bathrobes
  • Safety shoes (adaptable to streetwear)
  • Scarves
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shawls and shawls
  • Shirts
  • Shirts (hooded)
  • Shoes
    • Boat
    • Ellipticals
    • Dress
    • Flip flops (rubber flip flops)
    • Jellies
    • Run (without crampons)
    • Safety (suitable for everyday use)
    • Sandals
    • slippers
    • Sneakers and tennis
    • Tennis
    • While walking
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas
  • slippers
  • Leaflets
  • Soccer socks
  • Socks
  • Suits, pants and jackets
  • Support hosiery
  • Braces
  • Sweatshirts
  • Tracksuits
  • Sweaters
  • Swimwear
  • tennis accessories
    • Tennis Dresses
    • tennis shorts
    • Tennis shoes
    • Tennis skirts
  • Ties (ties – all)
  • Tights
  • Trousers
  • Underwear
  • underpants
  • Undershirts
  • Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, post, police, fire)
  • Sails
  • Vests (usually)
    • Fishing (non-floating)
    • Hunt
    • Work clothes
  • work uniforms
  • workout clothes

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Items that do not qualify for the sales tax exemption

  • Items sold for $100 or more
  • Clothing subscription box
  • Specially designed athletic activity or protective clothing or footwear
    • For example, golf cleats and soccer pads are generally only worn when people are playing golf or soccer, so they are not eligible for the exemption.
    • However, tennis shoes, tracksuits and swimsuits can be worn for non-sporting activities and qualify for the exemption.
  • Clothing or shoe rental, alterations (including embroidery) and cleaning services
  • Items used to make or repair clothing, such as fabric, yarn, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, and zippers
  • Jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and other accessories
  • Barrettes
  • Belt loops (sold separately)
  • hairpins
  • Elastic ponytail ties
  • Ribbons
  • hair bows
  • Hair clips
  • Headbands
  • Computers
  • Software
  • Textbooks
  • Some luggage: framed backpacks; luggage; briefcases; bags for sports, sports or sports; computer bags; hand bags
  • Office supplies under a business account

Online purchases and phone orders

During the holidays, you can purchase eligible items in-store, online, by phone, by mail, by custom order or any other way. The sale of the item must take place during the specific time period.

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