It is time for back to school shopping and the state of Arkansas will help families make their dollars go a little further. There will be a state sales tax holiday on Aug. 5 and 6.
Every penny counts when parents are dressing and buying supplies to get their children ready for school.
Kids have a way of growing fast so nothing fits from year to year.
I always enjoyed shopping with my kids for their school clothes, pencils, paper, notebooks, and other needs. We didn't run to town several times a week so when we went on Saturdays -- it was an all day trip.
Our main shopping place was Montgomery Ward in Blytheville. It is not there any more and I still miss it. We could find something for the whole family to wear at Montgomery Ward. In addition to the clothes, our first stove and refrigerator came from Montgomery Ward, as well as my husband's first riding lawnmower. I think the name of the other store we frequented was West's (also not there anymore). We bought a lot of blue jeans there. They had a good variety of sizes. We also liked to visit the Western Store in Manila throughout the year for boots and jeans.
As a rule, we would buy enough supplies to last throughout the year. Paper, notebooks, pencils, markers, erasers, backpacks, lunch boxes and more would be purchased during the "back to school" sales days.
A new pair of tennis shoes was always a need. You just couldn't start the school year off with scuffed tennis shoes or without a good backpack.
The Arkansas sales tax holiday for 2017 will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 12:01 a.m. and continue through Sunday, Aug. 6, at 11:59 p.m., giving residents 48 hours to take advantage of not paying sales tax on certain items for back to school.
I saw a list which included apparel suitable for general use with a price less than $100 per item will qualify for no sales tax as well as clothing accessories or equipment with a price less than $50 per item. Items can add up to over $100 and still qualify for the tax break. Also, school supplies were included in the tax holiday.
It can be very expensive getting kids ready for school and this could be the way to get a little more for your money.
Several years ago I was shopping in England and if the price tag was 10 pounds, when I checked out the total price was 10 pounds. I found out taxes are high there but they are included on the price signs. I was glad I did not have to add additional pounds. I was having enough problems trying to figure out what I was really paying in U.S. dollars.
I am not one to complain a lot about taxes because I know without the taxes we would not have schools, highways, or other needs for our state. The local sales taxes are used to help meet the needs of our towns. At least when we are paying sales taxes, we all pay the same.
I do appreciate the sales tax break for the parents who are getting their children ready to go back to school. The bells will be ringing in just a couple of weeks.
When I see prices today I am shocked but in all reality, there is not much difference in then and now. Our electric bill may have once been $30 or $40 and a pair of shoes cost $5 but our wages were about $1.25 an hour. I suppose it all averages out. It took most of what we made back then to live and it takes most of what we make today to live.
Hopefully, I will be able to go shopping with the grandkids this weekend and look for some bargains -- tax free.