Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2018

It feels like summer break just started, however, the countdown for back to school is already underway… and so is back to school shopping.  But before you head out to load up on all of those back to school supplies, you may want to check out to see if there is a tax free weekend in your state for 2018.

Several states offer tax free purchases on limited amounts of clothing, school supplies, and even larger items, such as laptops.  Check out this list of back to school tax free weekends for 2018:

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Tax Free Weekend Dates 2018

Here’s a quick glance at the states and dates for tax-free weekends for 2018:

Alabama Tax Free Weekend—July 20-22, 2018

Arkansas Tax Free Weekend—August 4-5, 2018

Connecticut Tax Free Weekend—August 19-25, 2018

Florida Tax Free Weekend—August 3-5, 2018

Georgia Tax Free Weekend— No tax free weekend for 2018

Iowa Tax Free Weekend—August 3-4, 2018

Maryland Tax Free Weekend—August 12-18, 2018

Mississippi Tax Free Weekend—July 27-28, 2018

Missouri Tax Free Weekend—August 3-5, 2018

New Mexico Tax Free Weekend—August 3-5, 2018

North Carolina Tax Free Weekend—No tax free weekend for 2018

Ohio Tax Free Weekend—August 3-5, 2018

Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend—August 3-5, 2018

South Carolina Tax Free Weekend—August 3-5, 2018

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend—July 27-29, 2018

Texas Tax Free Weekend—August 10-12, 2018

Virginia Tax Free Weekend—August 3-5, 2018

Wisconsin Tax Free Weekend—August 1-5, 2018

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States participating in a tax free holiday for back to school 2018

For a bit more detail on what items are included and the maximum dollar amounts for your back to school purchases, see the chart below.




Items Included


Maximum Cost




State Tax Holiday Source Links

Alabama clothing – $100
computers – $750
school supplies – $50
books – $30
July 20-22
Arkansas clothing – $100
school supplies
August 4-5
Connecticut clothing and footwear – $100 August 19-25
Florida clothing – $60
school supplies – $15
August 3-5
Iowa clothing – $100 August 3-4
Maryland clothing & footwear-$100 August 12-18
Mississippi clothing & footwear – $100 July 27-28
Missouri clothing – $100
computers – $1,500
school supplies – $50
August 3-5
New Mexico clothing – $100
computers – $1,000
computer equip. – $500
school supplies – $30
August 3-5
Ohio clothing – $75
school supplies – $20
August 3-5
Oklahoma clothing – $100 August 3-5
South Carolina clothing
school supplies
August 3-5
Tennessee clothing – $100
school supplies – $100
computers – $1,500
July 27-29
Texas clothing, backpacks and school supplies- $100 August 10-12
Virginia clothing – $100
school supplies – $20
August 3-5
Wisconsin clothing, supplies – $75
computer supplies – $250
computers – $750
August 1-5

*information for graph obtained from Federation of Tax Administrators.


Mark your calendars and take advantage of the extra savings!


Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017, Nationwide List

Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017

The kids will be going back-to-school before you know it… are you ready?  Every year, the kids have a long list of supplies that they need to buy for the upcoming school year, and of course, they need new clothes and shoes… so why not save a little bit of money and shop tax-free?!


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If you haven’t already, start taking a look at your local store flyers to see which stores may be running special pricing on their back-to-school items, combine it with the NO TAX holiday, and you will save even more money!


Several states nationwide are offering tax-free holidays for back-to-school items, such as school supplies, clothing, footwear, and even stuff for the dorm and home.  Here is a list of states nationwide that will be offering tax holidays in August 2017:

Arkansas August 5-6, 2017

  • Clothing – $100
  • Clothing Accessories or Equipment – $50
  • School Art Supplies
  • School supplies
  • School Instructional Materials

Connecticut August 20-26, 2017

  • Clothing and Footwear – $100 or less

Florida August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories – $60 or less per item
  • School supplies – $15 or less per item
  • Computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use – $750 or less per item

Iowa August 4-5, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100

Louisiana August 4-5, 2017

  • The Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The state sales tax is payable on the portion of the purchase price of any individual item in excess of $2,500.

Maryland August 13-19, 2017

  • Clothing & Footwear, each item up to $100

Massachusetts August 12-13, 2017

  • Clothing – up to $175 per item
  • Most purchases less than $2500 threshold amount

Missouri August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
  • Personal computers – not to exceed $1,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
  • Graphing Calculators – not to exceed $150

New Mexico August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100
  • Computers: desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook up to $1,000
  • Related computer hardware – $500
  • School supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be under $30 per unit

Ohio August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less

Oklahoma August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100

South Carolina August 4-6, 2017

Texas  August 11-13, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear: $100 or Less
  • School Supplies & Backpacks: $100 or Less

Virginia August 4-6, 2017

  • School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:
    • Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
    • Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

In addition to school supplies, Virginia is also offering additional tax-free items the weekend of August 4-6. 2017:

  • Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:
    • Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
    • Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
    • Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
    • Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item
    • Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items
  • Energy Star andWaterSense Items:
    • Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

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Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers

Turkey and Cheese Panini Poppers

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Summer’s over and it’s back to school time… Okay, technically, we still have over one month left of summer, but with the kids going back to school, it sure feels like summer is over and fall is here…


Getting ready to send the kids back to school is about way more than just making sure that we find every last item on their school supply list.  It is also about getting the right items to create healthy—and easy—pack lunches, after-school snacks, and meals at home.   While I always like to focus on healthy, it is also important for me to be able to put together meals and snacks quickly and easily.  With three boys, all involved in sports and after-school activities, we seem to always be on-the-go.  I’m sure many of you can relate to that, right?


So when I head to Giant Eagle to get my groceries, I know that I can find all of the “healthier” choices that I am looking for… and take advantage of great in-store deals with my Giant Eagle Advantage card.  One of my favorite aspects of this is earning Fuel Perks.  I love saving money when I gas up my car—and all I have to do is buy groceries!


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This year, back to school grocery shopping was easier than ever!  Some of my favorite finds at Giant Eagle were:

  • Frito Lay Multipack: Baked and Popped Mix
  • Schwebel’s Sweet Harvest Wheat Bread
  • Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • JIF Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Nature’s Basket Strawberry fruit & grain cereal bars
  • Giant Eagle Part-Skim Mozzarella String Cheese

So, for less than $20, I had all of the staple items that I needed to pack nutritious lunches for the next few weeks (obviously, the peanut butter and fruit spread will last much longer than that!)


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I felt really good about sending the boys off to their first day of school with the natural peanut butter and strawberry fruit spread sandwich on the sweet harvest wheat bread.  Yes, this is just PB&J, but the only ingredients in this fruit spread are strawberries, sugar, fruit pectin, and citric acid—the exact same ingredients that I would use if I were to make homemade jam!  I have always loved to make homemade jam because many of the jams, jellies, and fruit spreads that you buy contain high fructose corn syrup, extra preservatives, and colors added.  But now, I have a quick, easy, and healthy-as-homemade option that I can buy at the grocery store!  So, adding in a strawberry fruit & grain cereal bar, some baked chips, and some carrot sticks and cucumber slices, the boys had a healthy and filling lunch waiting for them.


Another mainstay in our home is low-fat cheese sticks—I always make sure that I have plenty of these on-hand for the boys to grab for a snack or add to lunch because they are a great source of calcium and protein!


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Even though these cheese sticks are typically for lunches and snacks, I decided to make a special dinner.  So, to celebrate a successful first day of school completed, we are going to have Back to School Turkey & String Cheese Panini Poppers.


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Turkey and Cheese Panini Poppers

  • 3 cheese sticks, cut into thirds
  • 1 package, refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 4 slices deli-style turkey
  • pre-cooked French fries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Open the package of refrigerated crescent rolls, unroll dough.  Cut the deli meat into halves and the cheese sticks into thirds.

Simply layer the ingredients on top of the crescent roll dough: turkey, cheese and French fries.  Fold in edges and roll up.  Press sides of dough together.  Place on lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.


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The boys absolutely loved them—and even asked for more! And because they were so quick and easy, we were able to make it to soccer and football practices in good time.


If you need a little inspiration for some tasty and quick back-to-school meal ideas, you can visit Giant Eagle meals and learn more about just how simple it can be… now, you don’t have to order take out for a quick and easy dinner… #backtoschoolsimple


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eMeals: Back to school lunches for kids

school lunch

The sound of the school bell ringing will soon be a normal part of your child’s day. Whether your child is 4 or 14, adjusting to school is never easy. This transition can be softened with the help of one of my favorite organizational tools, eMeals! eMeals provides you simple breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert meal plans to help you easily and effectively plan meals for your family.

One of the new favorites is their kid-friendly meal plan. Each meal plan comes with a ready-made shopping list to help you get through the grocery store in no time flat! Sign up for eMeals now and you can get 2 bonuses:
1. 20% off with the code SCHOOL
2. A FREE Back to School Survival Guide filled with fun back to school recipes including 3 Power Breakfast Recipes, 2 Lunch Box Recipes, 2 Weeknight Dinners, 2 After School Snacks, and 1 Yummy Dessert!

Here is an example of one of the recipes from the Back to School kit to enjoy with your kids.

Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups:
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins

8 slices bacon
1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole
4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1/4 lb thinly sliced deli turkey
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or any shredded cheese)
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce (optional)

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium
heat until crisp; drain. Spread a thin layer of
mayonnaise and guacamole over each tortilla.
Layer turkey, bacon and cheese on each
tortilla. Add lettuce, if desired. Roll up tortillas,
and cut in half. Makes 4 servings.