Shopping for school supplies tax-free weekend? Help Austin Diaper Bank

Tax-free weekend is here. Through Sunday, you can get most clothing and school supplies tax-free. That’s an 8.25 percent savings.

You know what you can also get? Diapers, both ones for babies and ones for adults.

The Austin Diaper Bank would be happy to have your donation. Right now, they particularly need size 5 and size 6, but they’ll take any size diapers and they’ll take ones for adults, too.

“While diaper donations slow during the summer, the need does not,” said Holly McDaniel, executive director of the Austin Diaper Bank, in a press release. “If we can’t replenish some of our supplies, some of our neighbors in Central Texas may not get the diapers they need to keep babies or other family members clean, dry and healthy during these hot months.”

You can drop diapers off at these locations:

Whole Foods Downtown (Outdoor Bin)

525 N. Lamar Blvd.


5555 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite C127

Austin Diaper Bank Warehouse (Outdoor Bin)

8711 Burnet Road, back of Building B

BabyEarth (Outdoor Bin)

106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock

Big Sky Pediatric Therapy

9433 Bee Caves Road, Suite 101

College Nannies + Tutors

3736 Bee Caves Road, Suite 3

Dance Xplosion

9600 Escarpment Blvd. Suite 750

Evans Family Dental

9001 Brodie Lane


101B Pecan Street W., Pflugerville

Kid to Kid Austin

14010 N. U.S. 183, Suite 420

Special Addition

7301 Burnet Road

Wells Branch Community Library

15001 Wells Port Drive

If you don’t want to mess with the stores, you also can shop the bank’s Amazon wish list.

Find out more about the bank at

Where are you shopping for back to school?

A new survey from commercial real estate firm JLL asked 1,000 parents how they plan to shop for back to school.

How much will they spend?

62 percent said less than $250, about 3 percent more than last year

22 percent said between $250 and $500, about 3 percent less than last year

16 percent said more than $500, about the same as last year

Where will they spend their money?

50.3 percent will go to Walmart

47.3 percent Target

15.8 percent Amazon

9.9 percent Staples

7.1 percent Office Depot/Office Max

6.8 percent Kohl’s

5.4 percent JC Penney

4.9 percent Old Navy

3.8 percent Macy’s

2.2 percent Best Buy

When will they get their shopping done?

54. 1 percent said they will shop at least two weeks before school

33.6 percent said between 2 and 4 weeks before

20.5 percent said more than a month before

10 percent will shop the week before school starts

3.3 percent said they won’t start until after school begins

12.7 percent shop throughout the year as school is needed

How many stores are they shopping at?

53.7 percent said 1-2 stores

32.8 percent said 3-5 stores

7.4 percent 6 or more stores

6.1 percent said no stores at all

Two years ago, we took two kids’ school supply list and went shopping for them at various stores to compare prices. Walmart did well, but H-E-B did was the big shocker. In many items, it beat Walmart and others.

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