As you probably know, Georgia’s tax free shopping days are back this year – Aug. 10 and 11 to be exact. It used to be an annual event the whole state looked forward to, but budgetary problems caused the holiday to be nixed in 2010 and 2011.
Parents can save big on devices like tablets, a single personal computer, netbook, or personal computer-related accessory purchase with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less. One can also add up the savings even more by participating in a program like AT&T’s cell phone swap program, which will provide AT&T store credit for consumers who trade in devices (or they can donate their device to a program likeCell Phones for Soldiers.)
Either way, next weekend is going to be huge for merchants in Georgia and a great opportunity for families to save money on back to school shopping.
It’s a great way to stock up before the school year starts and pick up a new laptop or tablet without paying the sales tax.
Items that are included:
Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item.
A single personal computer or personal computer-related accessory purchase with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less.
General school supplies for classroom or related activities with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.
The sales tax exemption does not include these: clothing accessories, jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, watchbands, cellular devices, furniture, computer-related accessories designed for recreational use, items used in a trade or business or for resale, or rentals; or sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants, or airports.
Some ideas you might want to consider.
The AT&T Zero Draw Charger is less than $20 is also another idea item for the “green” student. It has an Energy Star 5 rating accessory and lets you use almost any power cable (sold separately) to charge your phone or other devices.
iHome iHM61W GlowTunes Color Changing Mini Speaker This is a pretty neat dorm room gadget for $25. Terrific sound, from a tiny, color changing package.
The Google Nexus 7 is the latest Google Android tablet and it’s as fast and as powerful as it is good looking. It’s a 7 inch tablet that runs all the Google products and over 600,000 apps. Watch movies, read or play games with the 10 hours of battery life you get. A Quad Core processor makes everything run quickly and smoothly. All at a price that is less than half the cost of an iPad, $199.
How about a waterproof and durable tablet? The Pantech Element tablet is a 4G LTE, waterproof device with an 8” HD display screen and operates on the Android 3.2 platform. It sells for $299 with a 2-year agreement or $499 without an agreement. For more information, check with AT&T. (Tablets purchased with a 2-yr service commitment require a min. data plan of $35/mo. for the life of the service commitment.)
Also, if you are looking at a new laptop, consider an ultrabook. They are thin and light and some great deals can be found. You can get a great new ultrabook for under $1000.