Whether you’re in need of notebooks, rulers or running shoes, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and other items during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 9 through 11.

The law exempts sales tax on qualified items – such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks – priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

“As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach towels with lunch boxes, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on supplies families need before the school bell rings,” Hegar said. “As a father of three, I know how these expenses can add up.”

Some of the items that do not qualify for exemption during the sales tax holiday include: Specially-designed athletic activity or protective-use clothing or footwear. For example, golf cleats and football pads are usually worn only when people play golf or football, so they do not qualify for the exemption.

Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, can be worn for other than athletic activity and qualify for the exemption. Clothing or footwear rentals, alterations (including embroidery) and cleaning services. Items used to make or repair clothing, such as fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks and zippers, jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and other accessories, as well as computers, software and textbooks do not qualify for tax exemption.

Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.