Despite the current uncertainties and anxieties revolving around the upcoming school year, its start is just weeks away.

Whether the learning takes place at the kitchen table or an actual school desk, the kids are going to need some classroom essentials and a new wardrobe or two.

And thanks to the state’s annual Sales Tax Holiday you can save a few bucks on their purchase.

From Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, a sales tax will not be tacked onto your purchases of eligible items that sell for less than $100 each. As in previous years, eligible items include most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks. Not all merchandise, however, is exempt. Textbooks, computers, and software, for example, are not.

For those still hesitant about in-person shopping, qualifying items can also be purchased tax free online or by telephone "from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas” if the item is both delivered and paid for during Tax Free Weekend, or if ordered and paid for during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

Lay-away plans can be used to take advantage of the savings as well, provided the final payment on items previously placed on lay-away is made between August 7-9, or the qualifying items are placed on layaway that weekend.

A breakdown of clothing items and footwear that are exempt can be found HERE, and a list of qualifying school supplies HERE.

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