I found this great email with good tips that one of our “veteran” parent sent out last year. I updated the dates and links for this year.
Look for free shipping offers on online orders:
One suggestion is to purchase supplies online from Staples, Office Depot
or Office Max. I believe they all offer free shipping if purchase is over $50.
Staples is good for school supplies and other things like cleaning
supplies, coffee, bottled water and easy mac and cheese. If you are handy with a
screwdriver some of the bookcases they sell are inexpensive, we got a great
deal on one from their online clearance page.
Check out this website http://www.freeshipping.org for other sites with
free shipping offers.
Purchase during South Carolina tax free weekend:
You may also be able to take advantage of the South Carolina break on
sales tax. This year it is Aug. 5-7, 2011 and also works for online purchases
during this period but they must be shipped to an address in South
It applies to:
a.. School supplies
a.. Computer equipment
Full list at
More information at
Other States Sales Tax Holidays
You can see a list of all states and their sales tax holiday dates at http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales_holiday.html
Stephanie Auwaerter, M.Ed.
Director of Orientation
Office of New Student Programs
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424
160A Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29402