Schoolchildren dread it and parents love it. What is it? It’s time for Back to School shopping!
It happens every year as the Summer winds down. Summer days of play and hanging out. Popsicles, swimming, and cookouts now make way for Back to School shopping. New clothes and shoes are needed for children who have outgrown the old. In addition, new school supplies are necessary for the next grade in school, as assigned by the new teachers. So it’s time to get young minds ready for the new school year. It’s time to wind down Summer fun and look forward to the first day of school!
There are only 3 schools located in Addison, Texas. They are George Herbert Walker Bush Elementary School (Public), Greenhill School (Private), and Trinity Christian School (Private). Therefore, many families that will shop in Addison for Back to School live outside this area. In and around Addison, most retailers sell school supplies including:
- Office Depot/Office Max
- Tom Thumb
- Dollar Tree
- Family Dollar
Many large retailers such as Wal-Mart also have lists of items requested by local schools.
Some states try to help ease the cost burden of school supplies for families. States like Texas provide a brief period of tax relief for back to school shoppers. The Texas Sales Tax Holiday this year falls on August 11 – 13, 2017. This Sales Tax Holiday exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes. As a result, shoppers could save about $8 on every $100 they spend. The Sales Tax Holiday also applies to items sold online, by telephone or by mail. Shoppers can also use layaway plans to take advantage of the sales tax holiday. This measure is a welcome part of Back to School!
It’s Time for Back to School Shopping!
Of course, there are many children whose parents cannot provide new clothes, shoes and school supplies each year. To help these children, retailers like Kroger collect and distribute supplies. The Kroger on Belt Line Road at Marsh Road in Addison is celebrating more than Back to School sales. Last week they unveiled their new facade and began selling gas at its new gas pump facility. Also, they plan to drop a gas coupon soon.
The Salvation Army, Dallas Mayor’s Office, Kids In Need Foundation, and The Links, Inc. also give away school supplies free to deserving children. Such events are posted on Eventbrite.com and news media websites. Giveaways include backpacks, pencils, pens, paper and most every other item a child might need to start the year out right.
Whether you are a student, parent, or teacher, it’s time for Back to School shopping and the new school year. Have a safe, productive first day of school!