Tax free weekend was a few weeks ago. EVERYTHING in the state (under $2,500) was tax free for two days in preparation for the new school year. Since I had to completely furnish our new apartment, I took advantage of tax-free weekend to buy furniture.
About a week prior to tax-free weekend I got on the Ikea website and created a list of all the items I wanted and their locations in the Ikea warehouse. I put the list on my phone in order of the item location.
I got to Ikea at 9:54am Saturday morning. There were lines of people at every door. I grabbed a cart and got in the line to the warehouse. At 10am the doors opened and people went mad. I raced in, and piled my cart as fast as I could. I begged help from bystanders to get the heavy items in my cart until I thought I had enough to fill my car (it’s not a small car, and it was FULL to the brim) and raced to checkout.
It took me 14 minutes. Twenty-one minutes by the time I checked out. I’m fast. And efficient.
I went back to Ikea that night right before closing time and got another car load of items. I didn’t time myself, but that trip was under 30 minutes as well.
I saved myself $56.05.
To reward myself for being so thrifty I went shopping and spent $56.05×3 on clothes.