How to save money on back-to-school supplies

How to save money on back-to-school supplies

(OHIO) WOIO - Summer vacation is almost over for students across the country. A one-time sales tax holiday will be offered beginning Friday, Aug. 4 and will last through Sunday, Aug. 6.

If you are still looking to save money while you're shopping, care.com recommends checking your home first for any supplies kids can use at school. It's also a good idea to talk with other parents to see if they have any extra supplies.

According to consumerreports.org you should only buy one back-to-school outfit for your children, the prices usually go down in September.

Hitting up a dollar store is another way to save cash, MoneyCrashers.com reports you should follow social media accounts of stores in your area to watch out for any deals.

The sales holiday begins at midnight Aug. 4 and ends on Aug. 6 at 11:59 p.m.

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

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

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

The state sales and use tax rate is 5.75 percent in Ohio.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the sale tax holiday in Ohio.

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