The start of the new school year is rapidly approaching in Florida. In preparation to crush this next round of classes, you will probably find yourself in need of some fresh new supplies. If you want to go big on brand new gear without breaking the bank, make sure to catch Florida’s annual Tax-Free Weekend from August 3-5.

Whether you are looking for binders, markers, or clothing, you can find it all for less this weekend. However, there are limits as to what items qualify for the discount. The offer extends to school supplies that cost less than $15, clothing that costs less than $60, and computers less than $750.

Here are some inside tips on where to find those great deals and what the stores are offering. Target is giving away a $5 Target gift card when you purchase three Fruit of the Loom items. If you are wondering what could possibly be an even better deal than that, check out their $0.99 deal going on this week too! Norcom filler paper, Sterilite supply boxes, Up & Up mechanical pencils, Mead notebooks and Crayola markers and colored pencils can be found amongst these super discounted deals.

When you are ready to move onto your next tax-free weekend stop, check out CVS ​and their discounts this weekend. Select backpacks and lunch boxes are 33% off. Not to mention, select Sharpie, Elmer's and Krazy Glue, Crayola, Post It Notes and Scotch Tape products are "Buy 1 Get 1 50% off."

If you want to avoid the crowds and shop from the comfort of your couch, some online retailers such as Amazon also take part in Tax-Free Weekend. For purchases made in Florida, the tax will be removed from some of the eligible purchases in your cart upon checkout. A tip to keep in mind, if your clothing items in your cart cost $59.99 and there is a shipping cost on top of that, the item will not be tax exempt because the subtotal will be more than the $60 clothing limit! If you want to save even more money when shopping online, download the Ebates app. This nifty app will earn you cash back for a majority of huge retailers when you are already shopping online. 

You better make sure to catch these sales while they last because they will be short-lived. Also, keep an eye out for further back to school sales offered by individual stores and extended hours to accommodate for the masses that will arrive at malls during the weekend. Mark your calendars to make sure you do not miss out on this once a year opportunity!

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