Get the most from your tax-free shopping weekend

Use Georgia's tax-free weekend and our Ways To Save guide to get the most for your back-to-school bucks

Julie Wolfe and

Valerie Hoff, WXIA

Use Georgia's tax-free weekend and our Ways To Save guide to get the most for your back-to-school bucks 11Alive News

Georgia's tax-free weekend will be August 1st and 2nd. 11Alive has put together a guide to the tax-free weekend to make sure you get the most from your back to school dollars.

The Rules

What you can and can't buy tax-free

The tax exemption will run from 12:01 a.m on August 1st to 12:00 midnight on August 2nd (scroll down to see a list of stores opening early). Tax exemptions fall into three categories:

1. Clothing (including footwear) with a price of $100.00 or less per item. Jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, and watchers are not included.

2. Computers with a price of $1,000.00 or less per item. It includes computers, computer components, and software.

3. School Supplies with a price of $20.00 or less per item.

Not sure about an item? Check the FULL LIST.

Read the Georgia Law.

Do you think you were charged tax for an item you shouldn't have (including online)? Use this form to get a refund.

The Best Deals

Find coupons, deals, and specials

Target back to school sales include $5 tops and $10 jeans for boys and girls. All uniforms are on sale for $5-$10 per piece. They're also running a "Buy One, Give One" campaign. For every up& up school supply you buy (that's Target's brand), they'll donate one to the Kids in Need Foundation. TARGET SALES AD. Blogger Mojo Savings says Target is also running a cool text coupon alert. If you text SCHOOL to 827438, you'll get a coupon for $5 off school supplies when you purchase $25.

Walmart sales include men's wrangler jeans for $19.97 and Russell brand athletic wear starting at $5.44. They also have a "Project Reboot" focusing on electronics. It includes a $349 HP laptop. WALMART SALES AD

Old Navy's touting the "lowest prices of the season" with kids polos from $5 and kids khakis from $10. Women's and men's khakis start at $15. OLD NAVY SALES

Macy's has multiple coupons available in the Sunday circular. They're also running a special, if you text BTS (for Back to School) to 62297, they'll send you coupons and sales alerts.

Matt Granite's Ways To Save: 5 back-to-school clothing deals

Tax-free history

Is the weekend worth it?

"This is exactly what small businesses need right now," Kyle Jackson is a big fan of Georgia's tax-free weekend. The state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses says the weekend will be a big help to stores struggling in the sluggish economy.

"The sales-tax holiday is like the Friday after Thanksgiving. It puts people in the mood to shop, and we're hoping they buy at least some of their school clothes and supplies at small, locally-owned businesses," he said.

Jackson said the latest survey of small businesses, released July 8, shows small-business lost confidence in June. Thirteen-percent of small-business owners surveyed reported "poor sales" as their single greatest concern, behind taxes (22 percent) and government regulations (20 percent).

Georgia has its first tax holiday in 2002 and continued every year through 2009.

Georgia resumed the tax-free holiday in 2012 after eliminating it in 2010 and 2011. The state stopped the tax break in order to save an estimated $12 million in lost revenue. Governor Deal reinstated the tax holiday in time for the 2012 school year.

Social Media Shopping Team

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Are you planning on shopping this tax-free weekend? Let us know by taking our poll: (if you're having trouble seeing the poll on an Android device, you can also text "yesshopping" or "noshopping" to 25543)

Let's join forces on stretching our dollars this tax-free weekend. If you see a great deal, share it on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #11TaxFree.