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
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
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 austindiapers.org.
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.
What’s tax-free this weekend?
School supplies: Binders; backpacks and book bags; calculators; cellophane tape; blackboard chalk; compasses; composition books; crayons; erasers; folders — expandable, pocket, plastic and manila; glue; highlighters; index cards; index card boxes; legal pads; lunchboxes; markers (including dry-erase markers); notebooks; paper; pencil boxes and other school supply boxes; pencil sharpeners; pencils; pens; protractors; rulers; scissors; writing tablets.
Clothing: Most clothing; socks; most shoes; ties; coats; pajamas; swimsuits; uniforms; underwear; sports jerseys; sports hats.
Others: Adult and baby diapers.
What’s not tax-free?
Athletic items: Sports shoes like cleats or fishing boots; sports equipment; sports clothing only used for the purpose of a sport (so not jerseys, swimsuits, sweatpants and yoga pants).
Sewing items: Fabric, buttons and zippers.
Accessories: All accessories including jewelry and watches.
Bags: Purses; luggage; wallets and briefcases, or more than 10 backpacks.
Anything more than $100