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Alabama’s 2017 Back to School Tax Free Shopping STARTS TODAY!

Alabama’s Tax Free Shopping Weekend is NOW!

Here are some items that are tax free this weekend (aside from typical school supplies that you might not have considered!)

  • Printers and printer ink
  • Diapers – YES DIAPERS!
  • Clothes (under $100 per item)
  • Books (less than $30 per book)
  • Computer software
  • see the list for full exemptions

Tax Free Back to School Shopping for Alabama will be July 21-23, 2017.

What does tax-free weekend shopping mean?

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday, July 21, 2017, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, July 23, 2017, Alabama will hold its annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax.  Local sales and use tax may apply – see list of participating cities and counties.

Retailers in the state are required to not charge state tax on purchases during this weekend.  Also, counties and cities themselves may choose to waive local taxes also.

Here are the local areas participating in the waiving of additional local taxes (some with restrictions listed):

Anniston

Argo

Ashville

Birmingham

Blount County

Clay

Gadsden

Homewood

Hoover

Jefferson County - ONLY applies to Jefferson County’s regular sales and use tax of one percent (1%). Jefferson County DOES NOT GRANT a holiday for the “Education” (7137) sales and use tax of one percent (1%).

Leeds

Mountain Brook

Odenville

Oxford – ONLY applies to Oxford’s 4% sales and use tax.  Oxford DOES NOT GRANT a holiday for the remaining 1% levied for education.

Pell City

St. Clair County

Springville

Talladega/ Talladega County

Trussville

These locations are NOT waiving local taxes:  MOODY, Margaret and Ragland.

Looks like the best places to shop will be Pell City, Springville and Odenville since they will be waiving city taxes and are within St. Clair County (which is waiving all but 1%).  Or Leeds or Trussville since they are waving city taxes and Jefferson County is waiving all but 1% of county taxes.  If you shop in Moody, you will pay city taxes, but not state or county.

Items that will be exempt:

Clothing – less than $100 per item restriction (some exclusions apply)

School Supplies – less than $50 per item restriction
includes but not limited too: backpacks, binders, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, paper, calculators, etc.

Books – less than $30 per item restriction (some exclusions apply)

Also included are computers and certain accessories and software.

See the full list here.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading: Earn a FREE Book!

Got kiddos that love to read?  They can get a new book because of it!

Kid’s can earn a FREE book this summer from Barnes and Noble for reading eight books from May 16 to September 5,  2017, with their Summer Reading Program!

Fill out the reading log and when it’s full (8 books read), take it to your local Barnes and Noble and pick a FREE book from the list of selected books.

Summer Reading Program is for Grades 1st-6th.

If they are participating in a library summer reading program, they can log 8 of those books into their Barnes & Noble reading log!

Regal Cinemas (Trussville) $1 Summer Movies (3 weeks left!)

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Climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00.

Regal Cinemas in Trussville is a participating theater!

They will show two different movies each week for 9 weeks (each week’s movies will be shown on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am both days).

Regal Cinemas in Trussville movie list:

  • Week 7 – July 18 & 19
    The Spongebob Square Pants Movie:  Sponge Out of Water
    The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Week 8 – July 25 & 26
    Happy Feet 2
    Cats & Dogs 2:  The Revenge of the Kitty Galore
  • Week 9 – Aug 1 & 2
    Storks
    The LEGO Batman Movie




 

National Hot Dog Day 7/19 Deals around St. Clair County (Sonic, Pilot, Hwy 55)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017,  is National Hot Dog Day!  You’ll be able to snag a cheap or free deal in or around the county:

 

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries –  Enjoy Hwy 55’s famous fire engine red Hot Dogs for $.99 on July 19. This deal is limited to 2 per guest on dine-in purchases only and is exclusive for members of My Hwy 55 Rewards Program.  (Don’t worry – you have time to sign up!)   There are HWY 55 locations in Leeds (Walmart shopping center) and Pell City (Vaughn Lane) now! 

Love’s Travel Stops-  All day, customers can receive one free hot dog! Must present coupon (mobile ok!) from Love’s official Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.  One coupon per transaction at participating Love’s locations is permitted.  There is a Love’s Travel Stop off I-20 in Moody (Brompton). 

 

 

 

Pilot Travel Centers -  One free hot dog or roller grill menu item of their choice from July 19 though July 26. Offer requires the online coupon available at NationalHotDogDay.PilotFlyingJ.com or at Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page at the time of purchase in-store.   There are a couple Pilot Travel Centers off I-20 in Lincoln.  

Sonic – Get an All American Dog or a Chili Cheese Coney for just $1.00!  Plus, don’t forget drinks and slushies are 1/2 priced from 2-4pm and shakes are 1/2 price after 8pm for a really frugal snack stop!  There are plenty of Sonic locations around! 

 

Get your Rock Painting Kits & Supplies on Amazon

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You have to be living under a rock to not know that rock painting is all the craze right now. If you don’t know, here’s the short of it —

Rocks are painted, hidden in public places to be found.  Finders can keep OR re-hide to keep the game going.  The bottom of the rocks usually have the name of a Facebook group written where you can post the rock you found so the creator knows it has been found.  You will also likely find clues to where more rocks are hidden in the FB group.

We’ve had fun hunting down suitable rocks in our back yard for this purpose but we are quickly exhausting our rock supply AND the larger, smoother ones you can buy do paint so much better.  So I know soon we will have to get a kit or at the very least, a bag of rocks.

Indeed.  A bag of rocks.  Jack Sparrow needed a jar of dirt.  I need a bag of rocks.

Pictured above - Panacea 70005 River Rock, Mix Color, 2 Pounds $8.09 on Amazon.

If you need the paint and brushes also to get started on your rock painting adventure, there are plenty of kits you can get on Amazon that have paint and rocks.

Rock Painting Book and Kit - $17.50
–8 paints and a large assortment of rocks

Creative Kits: Rock Painting – $14.11
–8 rocks, 10 paints, brushes and idea book

Creative Roots Pet Rocks by Horizon Group USA - $15.56
–5 rocks, 6 paints, brushes and idea book

The Art of Rock Painting: Learn to Paint Fun Designs and Doodles - $12.38
–5 rocks, 8 paints, brush and idea book

To find a Facebook Group for the Rock Painting, search Facebook for the name of your state, county or town and the word “rocks”.  There is a St. Clair County AL Rocks group for this area but also several spin-off groups that are hyper local (like Pell City Rocks).

 

Alabama’s 2017 Back to School Tax Free Shopping Weekend July 21-23

Tax Free Back to School Shopping for Alabama will be July 21-23, 2017.  That’s earlier than usual to help you get your shopping done.

What does tax-free weekend shopping mean?

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday, July 21, 2017, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, July 23, 2017, Alabama will hold its annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax.  Local sales and use tax may apply – see list of participating cities and counties.

Retailers in the state are required to not charge state tax on purchases during this weekend.  Also, counties and cities themselves may choose to waive local taxes also.

Here are the local areas participating in the waiving of additional local taxes (some with restrictions listed):

Anniston

Argo

Ashville

Birmingham

Blount County

Clay

Gadsden

Homewood

Hoover

Jefferson County - ONLY applies to Jefferson County’s regular sales and use tax of one percent (1%). Jefferson County DOES NOT GRANT a holiday for the “Education” (7137) sales and use tax of one percent (1%).

Leeds

Mountain Brook

Odenville

Oxford – ONLY applies to Oxford’s 4% sales and use tax.  Oxford DOES NOT GRANT a holiday for the remaining 1% levied for education.

Pell City

St. Clair County

Springville

Talladega/ Talladega County

Trussville

These locations are NOT waiving local taxes:  MOODY, Margaret and Ragland.

Looks like the best places to shop will be Pell City, Springville and Odenville since they will be waiving city taxes and are within St. Clair County (which is waiving all but 1%).  Or Leeds or Trussville since they are waving city taxes and Jefferson County is waiving all but 1% of county taxes.  If you shop in Moody, you will pay city taxes, but not state or county.

Items that will be exempt:

Clothing – less than $100 per item restriction (some exclusions apply)

School Supplies – less than $50 per item restriction
includes but not limited too: backpacks, binders, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, paper, calculators, etc.

Books – less than $30 per item restriction (some exclusions apply)

Also included are computers and certain accessories and software.

See the full list here.

Library Summer Reading Programs (St. Clair County & surroundings)

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Don’t miss out on the Summer Reading Programs at the local libraries!  You have plenty to choose from!

Ashville Public Library -Summer reading starts June 13th and runs through July 18th.  Details here.

Clay Public Library - Kickoff party for summer reading is June 3rd.  Details here.

Leeds Public Library - Summer reading kickoff event is June 3rd at the park from 10am to 2pm.  Attend the kickoff or visit the library for details on the program.  (I couldn’t find much online)

Moody Public Library – Program starts June 7th with shows on Wednesdays at the new Civic Center.  Details here.

Odenville Public LibraryTheir event calendar says summer reading started May 30th.  I can find zero information online so I would just check at the library.

Pell City Public LibrarySummer reading started May 24th.  Drop by the library to get signed up!

Springville Public Library - Summer reading starts June 1st and runs through July 13th.  Shows every Thursday at 11:00am.  Details here.

 

Trussville Public Library  - will not be having a summer reading program due to building construction and potential closure dates this summer.

 

And don’t forget to print a reading log from Barnes & Noble so the kids can record 8 of the books they read!  Turn it in to B&N and they’ll get a FREE book!

If I missed a library please let me know!

Sonic: Half Price Cheeseburgers on Tuesday Nights

 

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Did you know that Tuesdays are Family Nights at Sonic

Grab half-price Cheeseburgers EVERY Tuesday from 5pm to close.

Single-patty cheeseburgers only. No Limit. Tax not included. Add-ons cost extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. At participating Sonic drive-ins.

 Plus, don’t forget shakes are 1/2 price after 8pm!  For an even cheaper treat!

Dollar General: $2 off $10 Purchase on 5/29 and 5/30

If you haven’t signed up for Dollar General’s digital coupons you can still sign up!  If you already have an account, then be sure to log in and add your coupons to your account!

This is a digital coupon so you have to sign up for their digital coupons but it’s quick and painless!  You’ll use your digital coupons account to activate the coupons you want and then at the checkout in store you’ll enter your phone number on the keypad.  Your digital coupons will be applied! It really is that easy!

Be sure to browse through the rest of the digital coupons for more savings!  Like this one:

Don’t forget to check your Ibotta app for rebates you can pick up when you shop! 

Looking for a specific coupon?  Check out the searchable coupon database!

Print more coupons … Save more money!

$5/$25 Purchase at Dollar General on 5/27/17

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There are no shortages of Dollar Generals in the St. Clair County area!  And you can SAVE on Saturday, 5/27, with this coupon!

If you haven’t signed up for Dollar General’s digital coupons you can still sign up!  If you already have an account, then be sure to log in and add your coupons to your account!

 And don’t forget, that’s the price you have to spend BEFORE your manufacturer coupons!  So you can bring your total down even more using printable coupons, newspaper coupons and other Dollar General eCoupons.

This has become such a regular occurrence that I keep a running list of items I need or like to get from DG that we’re running low on and make a trip to get them and use my coupon.  It’s great because Dollar General is the closest store to my house!

This is a digital coupon so you have to sign up for their digital coupons but it’s quick and painless!  You’ll use your digital coupons account to activate the coupons you want and then at the checkout in store you’ll enter your phone number on the keypad.  Your digital coupons will be applied!

Don’t forget to check your Ibotta app for rebates you can pick up when you shop! 

Looking for a specific coupon?  Check out the searchable coupon database!