Time to shop until you drop! Tax Free Weekend is upon us, at least in Texas, so prepare yourself and your shopping squad for this day of adventure. Use all of these or just some these tips to end or lessen your Tax Free Weekend shopping woes.
Tip #1 Mentally Prepare
Get mentally prepared. This weekend is usually high-pressure, tense, and can be a lot of fun. Remember, only YOU decide YOUR HAPPINESS! Let happiness be your choice.
Tip #2 Make a List
Make a list of stores you will visit as well as the items you will be purchasing at each store. The better prepared you are the faster you can find the item, pay for it, and move on to the next store. Visit these stores first and if you have time left visit those non-essential stores. Stick to the list! That might be the hardest part, but just stick to it you and you will be happy you did.
Tip #3 Set a Budget
Set a budget and stick to it! If you over spend this defeats the savings you thought you would of had. Consider taking cash to avoid overspending or if you prefer using your plastic make a conscious effort to keep track of your spending. Also, any one item over $100 WILL BE TAXED!
Tip #4 Pack Snacks
The night before, prepare bottles of water and non-perishable snacks to pack in a cooler the morning of your shopping adventure. Be sure to put an ice pack in the cooler or just freeze the bottles of water the night before. I usually fill my RTIC cup and bring it along everywhere I go.
Tip #5 Pack Phone Charger
Pack your portable phone charger or battery pack. You will be happy your phone is charged when it comes time to use your digital coupons or need to get in touch with your shopping squad.
Tip #6 Prep Coupons
Clip, save, screen shot, and organize ALL of your coupons! There is nothing worse than thinking you have them when, in reality, you left them on the kitchen table. Be sure to READ THE FINE PRINT! This could kill your happy shopping vibe and potentially lead to a disagreement with the cashier. Read, read, read!
Tip #7 Dress Appropriately
Since you will be trying on clothes, wear clothing that is easy to change into and out of. Wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet most of the day.
Tip #8 Get Out There Early
The early bird gets the worm! The earlier you get out there the better. You will avoid traffic, shoppers, get a better parking spot, and you could potentially finish shopping sooner than expected. Who are we kidding, you will most likely shop until the doors close!
Tip #9 Parking
Park anywhere! Actually, park in the safest, first spot available, and save yourself the headaches of searching endlessly for the closest spot only to have it stolen from you! Gggrrr! You will save time and end headaches if you park first and walk to your destination. Before leaving the car be sure to HIDE your belongings and LOCK your doors. If shopping in Austin, TAKE YOUR BAGS! The last thing you want to do is spend all the money you saved on bags to hold your new threads.
Tip #10 Common Meeting Area
After arriving at your stores of choice, designate an easy to find meeting area just in case someone gets lost. We all have that wandering friend who is easily distracted by shiny things.
Tip #11 Select Extra Sizes
Going to the dressing room can be a nightmare! Avoid all sizing issues by grabbing the size you and/or your squad members typically wear as well as a size smaller or larger depending on your body specifications. Also, try holding the clothing items to your body and check for sizing options before taking them to the dressing room, this will save you a lot of time.
Tip #12 Stay Positive
Stay positive, be patient, kind, and have a good time! You catch more flies with honey than vinegar and remember, only YOU decide YOUR HAPPINESS. Let happiness be your choice.
For a specific list of tax free items refer to the Texas Comptoller’s Website. Post your tips in a comment below and happy shopping!
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