Back to School shopping is expensive and even more expensive when you have more than one child.  That's why each year the State of Texas offers a tax free weekend to help families save money for those back to school needs.

According to a study by the National Retail Federation parents and students will spend $82.8 billion on Back to School clothing and supplies this year.

Every little bit helps when it comes to spending so, for about every $100 spent on back to school supplies, shoppers are saving $8.  Need to use layaway, you can use those plans on the sales tax free holiday as well.

Here's a list of items that are sales tax free.

The following is an all-inclusive list of qualifying school supplies (if priced less than $100):
Book bags
Cellophane tape
Blackboard chalk
Composition books
Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
Glue, paste and paste sticks
Index cards
Index card boxes
Legal pads
Lunch boxes
Markers (including dry erase markers)
Paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
Pencil sharpeners
Writing tablets

List of Clothing, Footwear and Backpacks, and Their Exemption Status


Adult diapers (E)
Aprons (household) (E)
Athletic socks (E)
Baby bibs (E)
Baby clothes (E)
Baby diapers (cloth or disposable) (E)
Backpacks (for use by elementary/secondary students) (E)
Baseball caps (E)
Baseball jerseys (E)
Belts with attached buckles (E)
Blouses (E)

Boots (general purpose) (E)
Cowboy (E)
Hiking (E)

Bow ties (E)
Bowling shirts (E)
Bras (E)
Camp clothes (E)
Caps (baseball, fishing, golf) (E)
Chef uniforms (E)
Children’s novelty costumes (E)
Clerical vestments (E)
Coats and wraps (E)
Coveralls (E)
Diapers (cloth and disposable) (E)
Dresses (E)
Cold weather (E)
Employee uniforms (unless rented) (E)
Fishing caps (E)
Fishing vests (non-flotation) (E)

Football accessories
Football jerseys (E)

Gloves (generally) (E)
Dress (unless rented) (E)
Leather (E)

Golf accessories
Golf caps (E)
Golf dresses (E)
Golf jackets and windbreakers (E)
Golf shirts (E)
Golf skirts (E)

Graduation caps and gowns (E)
Gym suits and uniforms (E)
Hats (E)
Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts (E)
Hosiery, including support hosiery (E)
Hunting vests (E)
Jackets (E)
Jeans (E)
Jogging apparel (E)
Knitted caps or hats (E)
Leg warmers (E)
Leotards and tights (E)
Mask, costume (E)
Neckwear and ties (E)
Nightgowns and nightshirts (E)
Painter pants (E)
Pajamas (E)
Pants (E)
Panty hose (E)
Raincoats and ponchos (E)
Rain hats (E)
Religious clothing (E)
Robes (E)

Safety accessories
Safety shoes (adaptable for street wear) (E)

Scarves (E)
Scout uniforms (E)
Shawls and wraps (E)
Shirts (E)
Shirts (hooded) (E)
Shoes (generally) (E)
Boat (E)
Cross trainers (E)
Dress (E)
Flip-flops (rubber thongs) (E)
Jellies (E)
Running (without cleats) (E)
Safety (suitable for everyday use) (E)
Sandals (E)
Slippers (E)
Sneakers and tennis (E)
Tennis (E)
Walking (E)
Shorts (E)
Skirts (E)
Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas (E)
Slippers (E)
Slips (E)
Soccer socks (E)
Socks (E)
Suits, slacks, and jackets (E)
Support hosiery (E)
Suspenders (E)
Sweatshirts (E)
Sweat suits (E)
Sweaters (E)
Swimsuits (E)

Tennis accessories
Tennis dresses (E)
Tennis shorts (E)
Tennis shoes (E)
Tennis skirts (E)

Ties (neckties - all) (E)
Tights (E)
Trousers (E)
Underclothes (E)
Underpants (E)
Undershirts (E)
Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire) (E)
Veils (E)

Vests (generally) (E)
Fishing (non-flotation) (E)
Hunting (E)

Work clothes (E)
Work uniforms (E)
Workout clothes (E)

For an entire list of what is exempt and what isn't, please visit the Texas Comptroller's website here.

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