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August 4, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . Sales tax holiday!

SAVANNAH — Well my dear budgeteers, it has been one of those weeks. On top of a stomach bug and complete chaos at work, my little Chihuahua Lucy discovered the sweet, deliciousness of used dental floss. We're not totally sure how much she ate out of the bathroom trash can, but so far two of her evening constitutionals have been more of a team effort than I prefer.

On the plus side, her toots smell like mint and I have no doubt that her bum is as clean as a whistle.

However, knowing that the most wonderful time of the year is next weekend has kept me going. Yes, I'm talking about the creme de la creme of budgeteer holidays, the one that we train for all year long . . . Sales tax holiday!

That's right, in Georgia, during the weekend of August 9-10, you will be able to enjoy no tax on clothing, footwear and so much more. The exemption excludes clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands.

Obviously the state has ignored my many emails and for one reason or another has failed to consider the deep-seeded repercussions of excluding jewelry. Like seriously, nothing is more devastating than having the perfect outfit only to have nothing to accessorize it with.

But I guess that's why there is no Georgia Fashion Week.

Despite my disappointment, the sales tax exemption still does apply to a lot of items that will really help you stay on budget. These quintessential items include:

All School Supplies

All general school supplies with a sales price of $20 or less. This includes items such as backpacks, pens, pencils, rulers, glue, notebooks and more.

Clothing and Shoes

All clothing and footwear that does not exceed the price of $100 per item.

Computers

All computer purchases of $1,000 or less are exempt from taxes. This includes personal computers, laptops, and hand-held devices like iPads and Kindles. Cell phones, computer games, gaming systems, MP3 players and computer related accessories are not exempt from taxes.

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