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Saving Money by Avoiding Sales Tax


Sixteen states are offering sales tax holidays this August, providing consumers with a couple of days to shop tax-free. Should you take the bait?

States with sales tax offer the sales tax-free days not only to give consumers a small taste of tax relief, but also to give retailers a boost in a typically slow month. While you can definitely save a bit on sales tax holidays, they can also make it tempting to buy stuff you don’t need.

If you’ve been saving up for a relatively big purchase, by all means plan to snap it up on a tax-free day. If you’re just hitting the mall because of the tax holiday, perhaps you should find something free to do instead.

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About David Weliver

David Weliver is the founding editor of Money Under 30. He's a cited authority on personal finance and the unique money issues we face during our first two decades as adults. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children.