For a full list of exempt and taxable items, go to Georgia Department of Revenue's website at https://etax.dor.ga.gov.
While the sales tax holiday is nothing short of a budgeteer miracle, you still have to not throw caution to wind when shopping. Like any other shopping assault, you must diligently develop survival tactics:
• Be sure to make a list of only the items you need so that you are not distracted by all the things you don't need. Shiny signs and big red sale stickers are landmines designed to kill your budgeteer spirit and drive you into (dare I say it) buyer's remorse. Make sure to set a budget for yourself so you don't overbuy and overspend.
• Make a list of stores you plan to hit. Traffic is usually pretty crazy this weekend, so don't add to the stress by trying to figure out your next attack on the fly.
• Once you have developed your list of stores, check The Valdosta Daily Times for back to school ads from local retailers. This will help you figure out which items you need to buy at what store.
• While I don't usually encourage buying in bulk, this is one time of the year where it is necessary. You know your kids are going to go through lots of paper, pens and pencils, so don't just buy enough to get them started. Get enough to last them for the year. But remember, only do this for the really essential items and only if they are at a super good deal.
For those of you wanting to get a jump start on your tax free shopping, Florida's sales tax holiday does go through today, Sunday, August 4 until 11:59 p.m. While their sale is not as good as Georgia's, you will be able to enjoy: