Mark Down The Tax-Free Weekend In Your State For Those Sweet Back-To-School Savings

by Team Scary Mommy
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Who doesn’t love to save money? You pay taxes all year round so if there’s a weekend you don’t have to, you should definitely mark it on your calendar. Parents know that kids are not cheap. Between feeding, clothing, entertaining, and schooling them, the costs add up quickly. That’s why tax free weekends — especially for back to school — come in so handy: they allow us to shop for certain items without paying sales taxes. The bad news is that not every state participates. But the good news is that if you live in (or near) one of these states, get ready for some shopping with built-in bargains. We should note that most of these states have not yet announced their 2021 tax free weekend dates yet, but here’s our best guess based on when they were held last year.

Interested in saving even more dough? Check out our grocery store savings tips, ways to save for a vacation, and how to save money on child care.

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This year’s tax-free weekend in Alabama is July 17-19, 2021. Tax-exempt items include clothing, coats, and shoes, computers, school supplies ($50 or less per item), and books.


This year’s tax-free weekend in Arkansas’ is held on August 1-2. Tax-free items include accessories like purses, jewelry, school supplies, reference books, and textbooks.


The lucky people in Connecticut get a full week of tax-free shopping. In 2021, it’s on August 16-22. Tax-exempt items include all clothing and footwear under $100. However, athletic uniforms and gear do not fall under this category and are excluded.


In 2021, Florida’s tax-free weekend is held August 7-9. Tax-free items include clothing, shoes, backpacks, coats, costumes, uniforms, and cleats up to $60 per item, school supplies up to $15 per item, and computers up to $1,000.


Iowa tax-free weekend dates for 2021 is set to kick off on August 7-8, 2021. So mark your calendar!


Maryland also has a full week of tax-free shopping, held the first Monday of August through the following Sunday. In 2021, that would be August 9-15.


Residents of Mississippi should get ready to shop towards the end of July. In 2021, the tax-free weekend was July 24-35.


Missouri’s tax-free weekend is Aug. 7-9 in 2021 so it’ll likely be around the same time next year. But be aware that some counties in the state are able to opt-out.

New Mexico

In 2021, they were held on August 7-9, so expect them at a similar time next year.


In Ohio, the 2021 tax-free weekend is August 7-9, so it’ll likely be around a similar time in 2022.



Oklahoma’s 2021 tax-free weekend is also August 7-9, so 2022’s will probably be at a similar time of the year.

South Carolina

In South Carolina, the 2021 tax-free weekend was August 7-9, so it’ll likely be around a similar time in 2022.


Tennessee has announced the dates for 2021’s tax-free weekend: July 31-Aug 2.


This year’s tax-free weekend in Texas takes place Aug. 7-9, 2021.


Virginia’s tax-free weekend is Aug. 7-9, 2021.

States that are not participating this year:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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