MIAMI (CBS4)- Parents and students have been waiting for Florida’s tax-free holiday weekend, and the shopping begins Friday.

Consumers save big bucks during this year’s Back To School Sales Tax Holiday courtesy of the state, but it’s also a frugalista’s delight to combine sales and coupons in addition to their tax free shopping.  The tax holiday will be in effect throughout all of Florida from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 12th until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 14th. The sales tax holiday will include clothes and shoes up to $75 and school supplies valued at $15 or less and exempt the state’s 6 percent sales tax.

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The Florida Department of Revenue created a list of taxable and tax-exempt items. View the full list by clicking here.

Stores are also taking advantage of the weekend by offering sales to bring in more customers. Here’s a look at some of the major stores offering tax-free offers on top of additional deals:

Big Lots

At Big Lots, teachers or educators receive 10 percent off total purchase with valid school ID on Saturday only.

Students and parents can enjoy tax free savings on items, including clothing and all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and Skates). The sale does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.

School supplies are also tax-free, including pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses and calculators.

For more information check out Big Lot’s Web site in your state for a list of qualifying items and exclusions.

Office Depot

School supplies are tax free, single items must be less than $15.

Office Depot has a 5% Back to Schools Program which offers your school credits equal to 5% of the qualifying purchases in the form of an Office Depot Merchandise Card that can be used towards free supplies.

All you have to do is present your school’s Back to School ID number when you shop online, at the store or over the phone. How do you get the ID number? Visit an Office Depot number to find a listing of 5% Back to Schools ID numbers or to request one for your school.

Click here for more information on the program.

The company also has additional offers:

  •  Office Depot ream of paper – 1 cent
  • Paper Pocket Folders – 1 cent
  • Office Depot Brand Plastic Ruler – 1 cent
  • Scholastic Crayons – 25 cents
  • Office Depot Brand compass – 25 cent
  • Schoolworks Scissors – 25 cents
  • Office Depot Brand Marble Comp Book – 25 cents
  • Office Depot Brand Bookcovers – 25 cents
  • 12 Pack of Office Depot Brand wood pencils – 25 cents


Whether you have a GapCard or not, you can save big at Gap this weekend. Cardholders and non-cardholders will enjoy the store’s discounts on many back to school items, including school uniforms and backpacks.

Kids will love to get back to school wearing their coolest outfits! Now you can shop for them at Gap’s Kids Back to School Event. Take your pick from a wide collection of kids’ school styles such as dresses, shorts, tees, and shirts. In store and online, get an additional 20 percent off polos.

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Enter the coupon code GCKIDS or 30off at checkout and receive a discount of 30% on purchase of regularly priced items. This offer lasts from August 11, through August 17, 2011.

Check out Gap’s Web site.


Sears has a three-day sale full of slashed prices for students, including uniform polos for girls and boys; backpacks and cargo shorts for kids.

And get more savings with this 10 percent off coupon for regular, sale and clearance-priced apparel from kids to adults or 20 percent with your Sears card. Coupon also applies to accessories and fragrances.  Print the coupon by flipping to page 8 of this interactive ad. Valid until August 15.

Enjoy and extra 15% off shoes & jewelry with coupon code SEARSAUGUST15


Target offers consumers deals on clothing, footwear and school supplies. Enjoy a saving of 20%, plus free shipping when you spend $75 on select clothing, shoes and accessories.

The sale also includes school uniforms on sale, including girls’ and boys’ polos, boys khaki pants and girls’ scooters. For more on the tax free holiday, click here.


There’s lots happening at Kohl’s. Their current Back-to-School sale includes specials such as 40 percent off all denim for boys 4-10 and girls and 4-16. If you use your Kohl’s car, you can take an extra 30, 20 or 15 percent off everything through August 17.

Also, check out their clearance section, which has hit big reductions off 60-80 percent off regular price.


Walmart is stocking up on everything Back to School for their customers. The store is offering deals and bundles on Back to School items, including school uniform bundles and school supply bundles.

Walmart offers backpacks starting at $8, shoes from $4 and school uniforms from $5.97. Click here to view their Back to School section on their Web site.

They also have a checklist of items for parents. You can print out the list to take in-store with you. Click here to view the list.

Click here for a Guide To The Back To School Tax Holiday

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If there are other Back to School sales you’re aware of we’d like to hear about it. Submit your suggestions in our comments section.