The Connecticut Better Business Bureau advises residents to hold off on back-to-school shopping until the state’s annual tax-free week.
The sales tax exemption begins Sunday, Aug. 20, and will run through Saturday, Aug. 26. It will only apply to footwear and other clothing costing less than $100 per item.
“We tend to think of tax-free week in terms of back to school purchases,” said Connecticut BBB spokesman Howard Schwartz.
“The list of eligible apparel is both impressive and somewhat out of the ordinary. In essence, there is something for everybody.”
Families with elementary and high school-aged children spend an average of $690 in preparation for school, the BBB says. That cost can also include electronic devices such as computers.
Although the tax-free week does not cover electronics, the Connecticut BBB has tips to keep spending under control:
- Before you start shopping, check your home for supplies that may have been left over from last year and write a list of what is still needed. Then create a budget for the items you do plan on purchasing to avoid going over.
- Sign up for alerts from retailers to receive news of specials and coupons, look for stores that offer student discounts and shop online to save money with free shipping.
For a full list of items eligible for the sales tax exemption, visit ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1436&q=509662.