Great weekend to spend

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shop at home for back-to-school supplies and clothing this weekend and you’ll save 8 cents on every dollar.

Andalusia, Opp, Florala and Covington County are participating in the state’s annual tax-free weekend for school supplies, and everything from clothing to books to pencils is included in the list of tax-free items.

Notebooks, art supplies, paper, index cars, highlighters – all of those little things on the school supply lists will be exempt from sales taxes, along with school uniforms and other clothing items that are less than $100 per item.

Computers, computer software and computer equipment with a single purchase price under $750 are also exempt from the sales taxes.

Usually we encourage people to stay at home to shop in part because the sales tax dollars help our community.

But shopping at home during a sales tax holiday still helps the community. The dollars you spend with a local, hometown merchant will help that merchant spend dollars here at home – maybe with you and your business. Those merchants support local charities, area schools, and buy ads in yearbooks and football programs. They need and deserve our support.

In that way, the money we spend comes full-circle and we all benefit.