Ohio – It's hard to believe, but soon schools around the state will be opening their doors for the new school year.

Mary Hoover, the creator of the Frugal Living Blog, provided Spectrum News 1 with some of the best ideas to save money on the sales tax-free weekend August 2nd through the 4th.

The official breakdown of the tax benefit from the State of Ohio looks like this:

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.

Follow this link for the FAQ from Ohio on the specifics.

Unofficially, there are some hidden bargains and pitfalls to avoid, here are some tips:

The clothing allowance covers a lot of things, including diapers, rainwear, shoes, and jackets (but not sports equipment).  Just keep the individual items priced at $75 or less.

Many school supplies are priced at $20 per item or less and qualify.  You won't be able to get the tax relief from expensive items like laptops and high-end calculators.