School bells — and registers — soon will be ringing.
Florida's sales tax holiday is Friday through Aug. 4, just in time for back-to-school shopping. Kids return to South Florida public schools Aug. 19.
Everyone can enjoy the savings, not just parents.
The state goes high-tech this year, adding computers and accessories ($750 or less per item) to the 6 percent tax savings on clothes and shoes ($75 or less per item) and school supplies ($15 or less per item).
On the exempt list: computers (desktops and laptops), tablets, printers, scanners, ink cartridges, data storage, batteries, cables, headphones and more.
Maximize savings with minimal planning.
Get organized: Make a list of what you need. Find the best bargains and where to shop by combing circulars in the Sunday's Sun Sentinel. Clip advertised items to your list.
Use coupons: Fatten your wallet by stacking coupons with tax savings. I round up a huge list of retail coupons every Friday at SunSentinel.com/FreebieFriday. Match to ads and attach them to your list.
Bonuses: Target and Walmart offer free gift cards with purchases. At Kmart, Shop Your Way reward members get a code to save 30 cents a gallon on fill-ups at BP with a $50 purchase. Join for free at ShopYourWay.com.
Use price matching: Target, Walmart and BrandsMart offer low-price guarantees. Best Buy and Target match online prices at Amazon, Apple and others. Show your ads at the service desk. Review policies on store websites before you shop.
Tally your savings. I bet the number will surprise you.
Get up to two backpacks for a penny each at Office Max.
Join the free MaxPerks Bonus Rewards program when you purchase backpacks marked with the rewards offer. In September, the purchase price (minus the penny) will be posted to your account for use on your choice of merchandise.
Click here for for the deal. The offer ends on Aug. 3.