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Old 07-28-2014, 07:12 AM   #20521
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:14 AM   #20522
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Sitting here listening to thunder in the distance. I looked at the radar map and the storms are just below us heading straight for Boston and then some more northwest of Boston and headed straight for here also. Should be an interesting day. It is the one that is north that is the biggest. Should be in interesting day. A good day to bake something. Cinnamon rolls sound good right now.

PS: See that picture to the left? Well, look at it as if all the hair is standing straight up. We just had a clap of thunder that brought me right out of my chair. I swear it was right here in the room with me.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:16 AM   #20523
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Do you have a tax free weekend in your state? I have gone a couple of times during ours. The stores are absolutely jammed with people. You would think the big stores at a mall like Sears, Macy's, etc. would have enough room for people. Only in your dreams. Specially the appliance section of the stores. Computers are also a big item and the stores are packed even more. During this weekend a lot of the stores have special sales. So the buyer wins twice.
Addie: yes our state does have a tax free week end. It's Aug. 1-2. It applys to clothing and shoes under $100. Like you said the stores are packed.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:25 AM   #20524
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Addie: yes our state does have a tax free week end. It's Aug. 1-2. It applys to clothing and shoes under $100. Like you said the stores are packed.
I am surprised that it is only shoes and clothing. The whole purpose of tax free weekend was to get kids off to school. Most states also include school supplies. We aren't taxed here for clothing at all along with food. So that wouldn't apply to us. I know they need new clothes, but they also need backpacks and other supplies. Here in most of the schools in Mass, the school supplies all paper supplies and pens and pencils. Even art supplies. Children are free to buy their own if they so choose. So for us it is best to do so during Tax Free Weekend.

Most of our kids will buy their folders, three ring binders and other supplies that the school does not supply. They are not necessary, but it helps the kids to stay organized.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:35 AM   #20525
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Addie - having only joined recently, I have no knowledge of Poo's age (and, hence, - to some extent - constitution) but it does strike me as a rather serious illness. You say you are not too worried about him so this bodes well. I am spiritually focused (i.e. not orthodox religion) so praying is not what I do but I do hope that the outcome to this is favourable.
Poo is 41 years old. All my kids are middle aged. Two are approaching retirement. It is a very serious illness. At any time that clot could have broken loose and headed for his heart or even brain, bringing on a stroke of severe heart attack. Right now I am waiting for him to call me back. I called him, but he was going through the evaluation with all the doctors. Hopefully he will have good news for me when he calls back. He is progressing slowly but surely. So right now it is looking good. But anything could happen in a split second. A pulmonary blood clot is nothing to take for granted that he will be all right. If he continues on the path he is presently on, I will be able to put my mind at ease in a couple of months. Until then, all I can do is pray. Thank you for caring.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:24 AM   #20526
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Tax free weekends are nice, but they are just another ploy to get customers into the stores IMO. Our sales tax here is 6%, but most sales prices are much lower even if you include the tax. Unless they are offering a good sale price PLUS the tax free sales it's not really a bargain. I try not to be lured by that. It tends to make me buy things I don't really need. The same thing happens with the Kohls' coupons. I think They jack up their prices beforehand to make you think you're getting a bargain with the 30% off coupon.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:05 AM   #20527
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Tax free weekends are nice, but they are just another ploy to get customers into the stores IMO. Our sales tax here is 6%, but most sales prices are much lower even if you include the tax. Unless they are offering a good sale price PLUS the tax free sales it's not really a bargain. I try not to be lured by that. It tends to make me buy things I don't really need. The same thing happens with the Kohls' coupons. I think They jack up their prices beforehand to make you think you're getting a bargain with the 30% off coupon.
Like most of the folks here I am on a fixed income. So I have to shop carefully. When I know a tax free weekend is coming, I start to look at the prices of anything I might be interested. My best way I found is to look on the web at the store I am interested. They rarely show their big sales there. So I know I have a set price. Then the week before the TF weekend is coming, I go back and look again. They don't call it a sale, but usually the price is lower by the amount of the tax I would have paid. If it is higher, I don't go there. I only buy high end items. As the tax can be rather large. Our tax is 6.5% and that can add up when you are buying an appliance or other big item. Fifty dollars for a sales tax is a lot when you are on a fixed income.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:37 AM   #20528
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Like most of the folks here I am on a fixed income. So I have to shop carefully. When I know a tax free weekend is coming, I start to look at the prices of anything I might be interested. My best way I found is to look on the web at the store I am interested. They rarely show their big sales there. So I know I have a set price. Then the week before the TF weekend is coming, I go back and look again. They don't call it a sale, but usually the price is lower by the amount of the tax I would have paid. If it is higher, I don't go there. I only buy high end items. As the tax can be rather large. Our tax is 6.5% and that can add up when you are buying an appliance or other big item. Fifty dollars for a sales tax is a lot when you are on a fixed income.
Most of the DC members? I don't think that's true.

Our tax-free weekend doesn't include appliances or other expensive items except computers, since kids don't need them for school.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:44 AM   #20529
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Most of the DC members? I don't think that's true. ...

I believe she meant most of the people where she lives.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:50 AM   #20530
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I believe she meant most of the people where she lives.
That would make sense
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