Time to Save: 4th of July, Amazon Prime Day, Tax-Free Weekends
4th of July sales and Tax-Free Weekends, along with (in a small way) Amazon Prime Day, all have their roots in American history and our annual celebration of independence. No, seriously.
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. Skirmishes against the acts and rule of the English Crown had already begun prior to this date but escalated quickly afterward. Two of the many compelling reasons Americans desired independence was taxation (without representation) and the forced monopoly of British-only trade by closing Boston to any other merchant ships. This forced monopoly controlled prices and prevented free enterprise and competitive pricing.
Our forefathers and foremothers wouldn’t have it. They fought for a better way of government and trade, and we’ve been celebrating their conviction and courage ever since. So along with fireworks, parades, picnics and deeply held thanks for living in the Land of the Free – we have sales and tax-free weekends.
State tax-free weekends, also known as State Sales Tax Holidays or Back to School Sales Tax Holidays, unfortunately, aren’t held in every state. But if you live in one that does – you can save a lot of money. What qualifies for tax exemption on these magical days varies but typically revolves around saving parents money on anything needed for education, including computers. To find out whether or not your state is participating in a tax-free weekend this year and what items qualify, check your state government’s website. There you’ll also get confirmation of the dates. (Note: some are actually held in August.) The states expected to participate this year (not all are confirmed): Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Amazon Prime Day
This year, Amazon Prime Day is set to begin at 12 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, July 15, and continue through Tuesday, July 16. Of course, you have to be a member of Amazon Prime to shop but you can activate a free 30-day trial of Prime on Amazon to take advantage of the event. There are also ways to receive 50% off your Prime membership. Check out Amazon’s website for all the details. (https://www.amazon.com/l/13887280011.) On Amazon’s site you can see a preview of the items that will be featured at discounts on Prime Day. And some items are already on sale, including a Toshiba 43-inch Fire TV edition 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV: $179.99, with free shipping.
4th of July sales
As for 4th of July sales, don’t fret if you have plans for the day of the 4th. Sales start before the 4th and continue for a few days afterward, giving you lots of opportunities to shop and save. Our founders would be proud.
What can you expect to find on sale in honor of 4th of July?
Best Buy is dealing on appliances. Save up to 40% now through July 10.
CVS pharmacy will have some great offers, including Tide detergent for less than $2 (with coupon available in their app). Shop by July 6.
Meijer stores are giving savings on automotive care now through July 6. Offers include earning $10 off your next purchase when you buy $40 or more of automotive department products.
Menards is featuring sales on outdoor furniture and fire pits, along with deals on a variety of home improvement items. Offers are valid through July 6.
Old Navy is offering up to 50% off, plus they have adorable baby onesies for just $1.50, along with lots of other fashions for just $4 or $5.
Sam’s Club has deals on mattresses, outdoor items, appliances and more. Sales are valid through July 14.
Walgreens stores will have deals valid until July 6. They have numerous buy 1, get 1 free offers, as well as 12-packs of 7 Up, A&W and Sunkist priced at 3 for $7.99 (with card, limit 3).