As a mom, I am always looking to stretch our budget as far as possible. Because we live in a coastal area of a southern state, I associate the summer months with “hurricane season”. Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and lasts until September.
In several southern states in the United States, there is a tax free holiday on hurricane supplies. Laws vary from state to state, so you’ll need to check to learn about the laws in your particular state. In some states, the tax free holiday extends for a week, in other states, the tax free holiday is only for several days.
In Virginia, the tax free holiday extends to May 31st, and applies to the following:
Exempt items Costing $60 or less
- Artificial ice
- Batteries (excluding automobile or boat batteries)
- Bottled water
- Flashlights, lanterns, glow sticks or other portable light sources
- Radios – portable, self-powered; two-way; weather band radios and NOAA weather radios
- Tarpaulins, plastic sheeting or drop cloths or other waterproof sheeting
- Bungee cords
- Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits
- Ratchet straps
- Duct tape
- Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
- Fire extinguishers
- Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers
- Water storage containers
- Non-electric food storage coolers
- Manual can openers
- Storm shutter devices
- Cell phone chargers
- First aid kits
Items costing $1,000 or less
- Portable generators
- Generator power cords
- Inverters and inverter power cables
In Louisiana, you can actually put the items on layaway and still get the discount! I’m not sure if that would work in all of the states which have a tax free holiday, but it’s worth asking about. However, the tax holiday in that state is only for the weekend.
While you are thinking about hurricane season, check out the free resources available in your community for preparing for a storm. Many communities have hotlines or websites to help citizens prepare for a storm.
Our local hardware store actually has a free list for customers to take which lists different supplies and categorizes them as to their importance. I think this is a great because if you have a family, you may not always have the budget to purchase all the recommended supplies. At least you can budget and plan to buy the most needed supplies.
The hurricane tax free holiday is a great way to get prepared for hurricane season while saving some money in the process. If such a holiday exists in your state, take advantage of it!