August 3rd, 2016 by RichmondBargains

When is Virginia's sales tax holiday?
Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend in Virginia is coming up this weekend, August 5-7, 2016.

During the sales tax holiday period, consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone.

In addition to the specific items exempted, retailers may also choose to offer other items “tax-free” by paying the sales tax themselves during the holiday.

frugal school supply challenge
School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:
Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item
Detailed list of school supplies, clothing and footwear

Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:
Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item
Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items

Energy Star™ and WaterSense™​ Items:
Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
Qualifying Energy Star™ items include dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators
Qualifying WaterSense™ items include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories such as aerators and shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers
Detailed list of Energy Star™ and WaterSense™​ items

walmart school supplies

Posted in Miscellaneous Tagged with: , , ,

July 28th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

tax free virginia
This weekend, Friday August 1 through Sunday August 3, “purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax” during Virginia’s school supply and clothing sales tax holiday.

Full list of items that qualify for exemption

Posted in Miscellaneous Tagged with: ,

July 29th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

va tax

I know, I know, back-to-school already?

Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing is this weekend, August 2-4:

During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax.

Here’s a list of what qualifies as exempt (PDF).

Money Saving Mom lists of school supply deals

Regency Square – Friday, August 2: Meet & greet Flying Squirrels’ players and Nutzy at 10:30 a.m. Center Court. Bring your Flying Squirrels paraphernalia to be autographed.
Saturday, August 3: Fashion show at 1 p.m. Center Court. Check out all the latest and greatest trends for back-to-school.
Enter-to-win Pat Benetar concert tickets and more!

Posted in Kid Stuff Tagged with: , , ,

August 22nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

rita's midlothian

The Frugal School Supply Challenge may be over, but here’s another reason for picking up those great school supply bargains:

Beginning Monday August 27th, receive a FREE regular size ice at Rita’s when you donate any new school supply! Promotion runs through Friday, August 31st, and is valid at both Rita’s Midlothian locations.

It’s that time of year again… School is almost back in session!! We are ready to help our area schools with your help!
Bring in any NEW school supply and we will give you a FREE Regular Sized ICE!! At the end of the week, we will donate all the supplies to area schools in our community!

Notebooks, Backpacks, Glue, Pens, Pencils, Scissors, Folders, Binders, Crayons, Markers, Paper- whatever the kids can use in school!

Monday, August 27th thru Friday, August 31st we will be collecting donations at both Midlothian locations!!

Midlothian Village Square
13826 Village Place Drive
Midlothian, VA 23114

Clover Hill Shops
13918 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA 23112

Posted in Dining Out Tagged with: , ,

August 16th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Curious about the final results from the $10 School Supply Challenge?

Altogether, 10 people participated and collected a total of $933.17 worth of school supplies for the Henrico Education Foundation! The total amount of money spent for that haul was $93.79 – a 90% savings rate!

The top shopper was Ann, who purchased $178.97 worth with her $10 budget. Her six-year-old daughter Natalie participated as well, and the other frugal ladies who contributed were Jennifer, Kim, Stephanie, Julie, Noelle, Eleanor, and Tiffany.

Many thanks to Kroger,, and for providing prizes for this year’s participants!

For my part, I spent $9.86 and collected $122.19 worth of supplies.

(My son wanted to be in the picture since he helped)

It’s funny, during last year’s challenge I didn’t set foot in Staples, and this year, the majority of my haul comes from there. Altogether I made 4 Staples runs, plus one trip each to Target, Office Max, and Kroger. To get past the $5 minimum required for some of Staples cheap prices, I took advantage of the free-after-rebate items – I have submitted 5 Easy rebates for $23.98 back. I also used a couple of manufacturer’s coupons for Bic and RoseArt items.

So where is all this bounty headed?

Working with the Henrico Education Foundation, we’ve divided it into high school supplies destined for Henrico High School and elementary supplies for students at Donahoe Elementary.

Hopefully, this inspires you about the potential of bargain shopping, particularly as a means of blessing others even if you don’t have a lot of cash to spare!

Posted in Contests & Giveaways Tagged with: , ,

August 14th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Today – August 14 – is the final day to spend your $10 Frugal School Supply Challenge budget!

Final totals must be submitted using **this form** by tomorrow (Aug 15) at 12 p.m. EDT, and you must have collected $40 worth of supplies, to be eligible to win one of the great prizes from Kroger,, and

Here was the post with all the challenge details

I can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow at the finale event at Tuckahoe Library, and find out who shopped the savviest! We will be meeting in the big meeting room near the entrance to the right starting around 4pm. At 4:30 p.m., the prize drawing will be held from eligible entries received (You do not need to be present to win).

I’ll hang around the library until 5:30 p.m. if you want to drop off supplies on your way home from work. You can even drive to the door and give me a call (email me at richmondbargains at for my number) and I’ll come get them from you. If you aren’t able to make the event tomorrow, please email me and we’ll work out a time to meet up.

Then all of fruit of your frugal shopping will be headed to Henrico High School and Donahoe Elementary School to help kids through the Henrico Education Foundation!

I finished shopping yesterday and will be glad to get all these supplies out of my house – they are overflowing the kitchen cabinet I am storing them in

Posted in Contests & Giveaways Tagged with: ,

August 6th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Hope everyone found some deals for Tax-Free Weekend! We are entering the home stretch of the $10 school supply challenge, so use those pennies! 🙂

If you wrap up your shopping this week (you have until 12pm on August 15) go here to submit your totals.

    Office Depot:

    $.01 school glue, limit 3
    $.25 filler paper 150-pk, limit 3
    $.25 tug 2-hole manual pencil sharpener, limit 3
    $.25 Office Depot brand book covers, limit 3
    $1 Correction tape 2-pk

    Office Max:

    5 free composition books with minimum $5 purchase
    $.05 12″ ring binder ruler, limit 3
    $.25 Schoolio 1″ or 1.5″ poly 3-ring binder, limit 3
    $1 Paper Mate profile retractable ballpoint pens, 4-pack, limit 2
    $1 Sharpie Accent highlighter 5-pack, limit 1 with in-ad coupon
    $1 Quartet EnduraGlide dry-erase markers, 4-pack, limit 2 with in-ad coupo
    $2 Just Basics yellow #2 pencils 72-pack, limit 2 with in-ad coupon
    OfficeMax Multipurpose paper (500-sheet ream) 6.99, get $6.98 in MaxPerks Rewards (limit 2)


    Post-It Multiuse Labels $2.99, Free after EasyRebate, limit 1
    $.01 Staples Filler Paper (120 sheets), limit 5 with $5 minimum purchase
    $.25 Pentel Polymer White Block Erasers 3-pack, limit 2
    $.25 Staples Mini Composition Books, limit 2
    $.25 Bic Velocity 2-pack pens, limit 2. Use “$1 off 2” Bic coupon from the 7/29 SmartSource insert
    $.50 Bic Wite Out Correction Fluid 2-pack, limit 2
    $.50 Papermate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencils 5-pack, limit 2
    $1 Bic Great Erase Dry Erase Markers 5-pack, limit 2, Use “$1 off 2” Bic coupon from the 7/29 SmartSource insert
    $1 Sharpie Permanent Markers 5-pack, limit 2
    $1 Staples 3 Hole Binder Punch


    $.49 Scotch Magic Tape 250′ – Use $.25 coupon from Sunday’s paper
    $.49 Fabric book cover
    Free 24-RoseArt crayons with purchase of RoseArt markers or colored pencils – Use “$1 off 3” Roseart coupon from 7/29 SmartSource insert
    $1 Five-Star 1-subject notebook – Use “$1 off 2” coupon from Sunday’s paper


    $.19 wooden ruler, limit 3 with in-ad coupon
    $.29 15-pack cap erasers, limit 3 with in ad coupon
    $.39 Scotch tape 12.5 yards or 100-pk Acco paper clips. Limit 4 with in-ad coupon
    $.49 Bic Cristal Bold Pens, limit 3 with in-ad-coupon. Use “$1 off 2” Bic products coupon from the 7/29 SmartSource to get 2 for free

Posted in Retail Store Discounts/Sales Tagged with: ,

July 30th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

(This is a post by If you are seeing this message on another website, please visit for the original scoop on saving money in Richmond!)

This Friday through Sunday, August 3-5, 2012, will be a statewide sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $20 and clothing and footwear up to $100.

While the 5% off by itself isn’t much, expect to see lots of sales and promotions in conjunction with the tax holiday!

Short Pump Town Center
short pump town center

From 11am-2pm in the Main Plaza on Saturday, Short Pump Town Center will have a petting farm, Mad Science Station, face painting, and balloon creations. If you’re spending $200 or more at SPTC, stop by Guest Services with your receipts for a $10 STPC gift card.

Posted in Retail Store Discounts/Sales Tagged with: , ,

July 29th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

(This is a post by If you are seeing this message on another website, please visit for the original scoop on saving money in Richmond!)

backpacks office max

We’re entering our third week of the school supply challenge! (More info here) There’s still plenty of time to join the project.

There are more bargains at Staples this week, but the big deal is at Office Max on backpacks – You can buy any backpack/messenger bag this week, and receive all but $.01 of the purchase price back in the form of MaxPerks rewards (limit 2). Backpacks range in price from $11.99 to $139.99

MaxPerks is Office Max’s loyalty program. You would receive the rebate to your Office Max account in September and have 90 days to spend it. If you know you’ll use that reward for other things you need at Office Max, then this would be a *great* high-value bargain to snag – backpacks are always something highly needed, and hard to get on our $10 budgets. But don’t spend the money on a backpack if the MaxPerks rewards you’ll get back aren’t useful to you!

Also, make sure to snag manufacturer’s coupons in today’s paper for $1 off any 3 RoseArt products and $1 off any two BIC products

Office Depot
Office Depot brand folders $.01, limit 10 (reg. $.29)
Office Depot brand marble composition books $.25, limit 3
Personal Care hand sanitizer $.25, limit 3
Office Depot Brand ballpoint pens 10-pk $.25, limit 3
Office Depot brand scissors $1, reg. $4.49

Office Max
4-pack glue sticks $.50, limit 3
Free paint, erasers, and glue (2 of each) with minimum $5 purchase
Backpacks/messenger bags $.01 after MaxPerks Bonus Rewards ($11.99-$139.99), limit 2

Staples standard paper clips 100pk $.01 with $5 minimum purchase, limit 2
2-pocket folder $.01 with $5 minimum purchase, limit 2
Home Select pocket tissues $.01 with $5 minimum purchase, limit 2
BIC mechanical pencils 0.7 mm $.25, limit 4 – Use $1 off 2 coupon from Sunday’s paper!
Prang chalk $.25, limit 4
Staples composition book or 1-subject $.50, limit 4
RoseArt 24-ct crayons 2 for $1. Use “$1 off 3” coupon from Sunday’s paper

Toys R Us
24-ct Crayola crayons “4 for $1”

100-pack index cards or pencil case $.39 with coupon, limit 4
Kids scissors $.49 with in-ad coupon, limit 2
Mini-highlighter $.15 with in-ad coupon, limit 6

Posted in Retail Store Discounts/Sales Tagged with: ,

July 23rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

(This is a post by If you are seeing this message on another website, please visit for the original scoop on saving money in Richmond!)

As promised, here are some of the top school supplies deals at retailers this week! If you’ve found others (and are willing to share 😉 ), please tip us off!

Staples definitely has the most potential – if you could find everything in stock and do all the rebates, I calculate you’d get over $47 worth for $4.04 spent.

    zebra pencils
    Zebra #2 0.7mm mechanical pencils: Free after $4 easy rebate
    Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens (black): Free after $4 easy rebate
    8.5″ x 11″ Multipurpose Paper (500 sheets): $1 after $5.99 easy rebate
    12-ct pink cap erasers $.01 with $5 minimum purchase, limit 2, reg $1.29
    Ruled 3×5 index cards $.01 with $5 minimum purchase, limit 2, reg $1
    Staples Stickies® ½” tape flags, bright colors 125/pack $.25, limit 4, reg $3.29
    Sharpie® Accent® tank highlighters yellow $.50, limit 4, reg. $4

    Paper Mate Write Bros Pens (10-ct) $.34
    Oxford Twin Pocket Portfolio $.15

    Office Depot
    Office Depot Brand acrylic ruler $.10, limit 3, reg $.99
    Office Depot brand 6″ protractor $.10, limit 3, reg $.99
    Wilson Jones 1″ poly binder $.50, limit 3, reg $1.99
    BIC Wite-Out correction tape $.50, limit 3, reg $3.59

    $.19 Wexford highlighters (limit 6, with in-ad coupon)
    $.29 Wexford or Penway erasers (limit 3, with in-ad coupon)

    2-ct. pink erasers $.20
    1-hole pencil sharpener $.20
    Vinyl pencil pouch or pencil box $.49
    100-ct ruled index cards $.49
    2-ct kids scissors $1
    96-ct construction paper $1
    Update: Papermate pens $1 – use $1 Target coupon to get them free!

Previous school supply challenge posts: Launch, Week 1

Posted in Retail Store Discounts/Sales Tagged with: ,