Tax Free Shopping days are coming – Tennessee’s is THIS WEEKEND!
Here’s a list of the days and details for each state! Tennessee sales tax is a whopping nearly 10% – so this is a HUGE discount if you’re planning to make a big purchase. Tennessee’s Tax-Free Holiday is August 7-August 9 and applies to the following merchandise:
- Clothes under $100, School and Art Supplies under $100, Computers under $1500
Thanks to Surviving a Teacher’s Salary for helping us put this list together!
ALABAMA- August 7-9 (clothing, supplies, computers, books)
ARKANSAS- August 1-2 (clothing, supplies)
CONNECTICUT – August 16-22 (clothing, footwear)
GEORGIA – July 31 – August 1 (clothing, supplies, computers)
IOWA- August 7-8 (clothing)
MARYLAND- August 9-15 (clothing, footwear)
MISSISSIPPI- July 31-August 1 (clothing, footwear)
MISSOURI- August 7-9 (clothing, computers, supplies)
NEW MEXICO- August 7-9 (clothing, computers, supplies)
OHIO- August 7-9 (clothing, supplies, instructional materials)
OKLAHOMA- August 7-9 (clothing)
SOUTH CAROLINA- August 7-9 (clothing, computer, supplies)
TENNESSEE- August 7-9 (clothing, computer, supplies)
TEXAS- August 7-9 (clothing, backpacks, supplies)
VIRGINIA- August 7-9 (clothing, supplies)
And if you’re more into shopping ONLINE – make sure you prepare yourself for the Amazon Prime Day, which is going to be something along the lines of a Black Friday event for Amazon Prime members only…. can’t wait to see what they’ll offer!
Are you bad at mornings? Here’s a great tip for making school lunches in advance!
I’m a terrible morning person, and an incorrigible night owl. Give me something I can do at night so I can sleep in 5 more minutes, and I’m sold. This is one of those tips that might just change your life if you’re a night owl….
Make the whole week’s worth of school lunch sanwiches ahead of time. Then put each one in a ziploc bag and store in the freezer. When you toss them in the kids’ lunch bag the next morning, it will be perfectly thawed and soft by lunchtime!
I’ve done this for my kids for the last couple years – and was worried at first that it would get soggy from freezing and thawing. They said no – that it tasted soft and normal – so I give it a thumbs up! Their lunch bags are a lot like this one here.
*For sandwiches with condiments, leave them plain and include packets of mayo, etc.. in their lunchbox.
I have some picky kids who only like peanut butter, or ones who like turkey and cheese, etc… To tell the difference, I draw faces on the baggies in permanent markers in different colors. You can also write an initial on the bag, or whatever you want – but come on, these are just fun…
I bet this would also be handy for those of you with kids in sports who do sandwiches for supper once in awhile – just stock a corner of your freezer with grab-n-go sammies and save yourself the hassle when you’re in a crunch!
Do you have any little tips that make your life run more smoothly? Please share them with us so we can try them out on our families!!
Today is the LAST DAY that Kohl’s will have this 20% OFF promo Code - SMARTYPANTS. AND – you can stack that with the $10 off $30 Code for Kids Apparel & Shoes – BTSKIDS10.
Here’s a great way to snag TWO new outfits for your little lady for under $18!
- 100% Polyester
- 15″ shoulder drop
- Hand Wash
- 16″ high and 13″ wide
- Drawstring closure
- Dimensions with 11.8 x 16.5 x 4.7 inches (W x H x D). Carrying up to 1,100 cubic inches or 15 lbs.
- Multi Compartment: Main drawstring closure compartment, zippered internal pocket, interior organizing panel for cards, interior organized padded 15.6 inches laptop sleeve, one exterior front zipper pockets.
Trailmaker Girls Backpacks (TONS of prints and colors!) - $7.99 Shipped
Generally 5-Star Rated!!! Comes with storage compartments and pencil pouch!
High Sierra Fat Boy Backpack - prices from $21.99 Shipped (Reg $60) *Varies by color
- Large, multi-compartment design
- Premium organizer with multiple pockets and key fob
- Media pocket with headphone port
- S-shaped, padded Vapel mesh shoulder straps with Suspension System and integrated media pocket
- Attach extra gear with monster hook
Roxy Shadow Swell Backpack - $35.02 Shipped (Reg $44)
- Zipper closure
- 15″ shoulder drop
- 20″ high and 13″ wide
- Sunglass stash pocket
- Storage compartment
Eshops Casual Daypack Backpack – $12.93 Shipped
- Material: nylon and oxford fabric
- Size: 17.1″x11.3″x4.8″(HxLxW)
- Attribute: Waterproof, durable, adjustable shoulder straps
10 Busy Night Dinner Ideas
It’s back to school time here in Tennessee again, which means busy evenings and sometimes no time to cook. That shouldn’t mean you let the family dinnertime ritual fade away however, it’s easy to keep it up with these recipes! Put a few ingredients in the crockpot early in the day and you can spend your pre-dinnertime hour helping with homework or snuggled on the couch watching a movie with the kids
Here are 10 of our favorite busy-night slow cooker recipes:
So I know I said you’ll save big money if you wait and get your kids’ new backpack in September – but I might have just changed my mind because this backpack deal is COMPLETELY AWESOME!!
Right now at Kohl’s, select popular kids character backpacks WITH matching lunch kits are just $12.99. (reg $30) Plus get 20% OFF with code BTS20, making them only $10.39 each. Plus, choose store pickup to avoid shipping!
In addition to all that good stuff, check your inbox for a code worth $5 off ANY purchase (it should say “Yes2Monday” in the subject line”) That will make the backpack only $5.39!
If you consider that a lunch kit is usually at least $5, it’s like getting these backpacks for $5 too. Not too shabby for Minions and Jurassic Park and whatnot! However you slice it – this is really a nice deal!