How you can save money during tax-free weekend in Alabama, July 15-17

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Get ready to head back to school this weekend. (Hoover City Schools / Facebook)

Hey, didn’t summer just start? Maybe, but it’s never too early to get ready to head back to school. We have all the details for you on how you can save money this tax-free weekend in the Greater Birmingham Area, starting on Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17. Keep reading for more details.

Birmingham, get ready for this year’s tax-free weekend

Ideal Building
Birmingham, it’s time to be excited for these savings. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Ready to forgo Alabama’s 4% sales tax? Get ready to shop until you drop this tax-free weekend from Friday, July 15 at 12:01AM until midnight on Sunday, July 17. We’re lucky that Birmingham is a participating county for this 17th annual weekend of deals.

What you can buy tax-free

We know you can’t miss a deal like this, so be ready to fill backpacks after this weekend with tax-free items, including:

  • Books less than $30 per book
  • School supplies less than $50 per item
  • Clothing priced at $100 or less per item
  • Computers of single purchase with a sales price of $750 or less
  • Diapers

You can find these tax-free deals at all stores in the Greater Birmingham Area are places. Be sure to visit The Outlet Shops of Grand River for an easy, one-stop shopping experience.

Don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home? Don’t worry, online shopping is still an option to get these items with the same savings. The sales tax will be waived when you purchase an item online during this tax-free weekend.

What isn’t tax-exempt?

While a lot of school staples are tax-exempt, not everything is included in this weekend of savings. Items that aren’t tax-exempt include:

  • Clothing accessories
  • Protective equipment, including masks, gloves and safety glasses
  • Sport and recreational equipment

Support Bham by shopping local

Little Professor
Make sure you shop at Birmingham stores like Little Professor. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to shop locally. Head on over to our local business guide to check out shops with amazing products and deals. We’re making life easier for you—you can search over 900 Birmingham businesses selling all you need to get ready for school.

“Shopping with businesses that have a physical presence in your local area keeps businesses open and your neighbors employed.”

Rick Brown, President, Alabama Retail Association

Help out our community

Maybe you don’t have any kids, you’re an empty nester or you have more than you need. No matter the case, the tax-free weekend is a great way to help the Bham community.

  • Check out our nonprofit guide to see how you can donate back-to-school items to local nonprofits.
  • Contact local schools and teachers to see how you can donate school items.

What are you shopping for this weekend? Let us know on social @bhamnow on Facebook and Instagram!

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