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A Little Financial Boost To Help You “Be Prepared”

The next few days would be a good time to stock up on those emergency preparedness supplies you’ve been putting off buying.

Not because there’s an expected emergency, but because Texas shoppers can purchase such items sales-tax-free the weekend of April 23rd and 24th, as well as on Monday the 25th.

The weekend tax exemption applies on items like generators, batteries, first aid kits, flashlights, mobile phone batteries, and coolers — but doesn’t apply to camping supplies like tents or camp stoves. (For the full list of specifications check out the Texas Comptroller’s website.)

emergency-preparednessGenerators must cost less than $3000; hurricane shutters and emergency ladders must cost less than $300, and everything else must cost less than $75.  But there’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase.

You can even get the special tax exemption for shopping online, so long as the items are purchased on those days and the price — including shipping — is under the mandated maximum.

So, this weekend you can express two very important Scout values at the same time — be prepared and be thrifty!


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