Friday, August 6, 2010

Save Money on Back-to-School Supplies

The start of a new school year is always full of excitement, anticipation, sometimes a little regret ... and shopping! Who can't remember the thrill of getting a new lunch bag, backpack, notebook, etc? But, for parents, all that gleaming newness comes with a price. And, let's face it, nothing seems to be cheap these days.

That's why we wanted to remind you that there's a way to save money this year by taking advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday the state of Illinois created for the first time this year. Starting today, Friday, August 6, the sales tax imposed on school supplies, clothing and footwear will be reduced by 5%. This reduction will be in effect for ten days, through Sunday, August 15. What this means in practical terms is that if you would normally pay 9.5% sales tax, for the next ten days you'll only pay 4.5%. And saving money is saving money any way you look at it!

Qualifying items include school clothing and uniforms (items costing less than $100), footwear (again, less than $100) and school supplies. For a complete list of what items do and do not qualify, please look here.

After you finish writing your shopping list for the 2010-11 school year, why not stop by the library and check out some books about going to school in other times or places. You'll find books like these at DPPL:

Book jacket for School In Grandma's Day by Valerie Weber

School In Grandma's Day by Valerie Weber

Book jacket for My School In The Rain Forest
My School In The Rain Forest by Margriet Ruurs

Book jacket of One Room School by Raymond Bial

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