Is it really time to start talking back to school? Sure enough, summer vacation days are coming to a close. As teachers and staff head back to prepare their classrooms, retail stores are also getting prepared. It's time for back-to-school shopping.

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Many Texans I know take advantage of the annual tax-free weekend, a shopper's paradise where back-to-school items like clothing and school supplies can be purchased without paying state sales tax. According to a publication from The Texas Comptroller, that time is quickly approaching.

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If you're like me, you want the most bang for your buck. To help you make the most of the weekend, here are some tricks and tips that have always helped me.

Know the Dates and Eligible Items

The first step in taking advantage of the tax-free weekend is knowing when it actually takes place. This year the dates are set for the weekend of August 11 through August 13. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the eligible items that are exempt from sales tax during this time. This includes most clothing, footwear, backpacks, school supplies, and certain tech items.

Create a Shopping List

Before you hit the busy stores, make a shopping list of items you need. This helps you stay focused and avoid impulsive buys. That way you can take full advantage of the tax-free savings on the items that matter most.

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Set a Budget

Setting a budget is a drag but it does help curb overspending. Set aside a specific amount and stick to your list. This way, you can enjoy the savings without falling into the trap of unnecessary purchases and being in debt. It can happen way too easily.

Compare Prices and Look for Deals

Even during tax-free weekends, most retailers offer additional discounts and promotions. Before spending your money, compare prices among different stores to find the best deals. Don't forget to check for coupons and special offers.

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Shop Early

I see it happen year after year. Tax-free weekends can get crowded fast so try to shop early in the day. This will save you from waiting in long lines plus ensures the availability of the items.

The Texas tax-free weekend is a good opportunity to save some money on back-to-school and other essentials. Remember the dates, create a shopping list, set a budget, and compare those prices. Make the absolute most out of this money-saving event. Happy shopping!

It's crazy to see how back-to-school supplies have changed over time. Look below for some items you should probably not spend money on these days.

Things You Shouldn't Buy When Back To School Shopping

You can probably leave these off of your list.

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