Save money on emergency supplies this coming weekend

Save money on emergency supplies this coming weekend


Stocking up on supplies that could help you during an emergency – and saving some money in the process – is the State of Texas’ aim during a sales tax holiday scheduled from April 28-30.

“The severe weather we had last year — particularly Hurricane Harvey — was a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for emergencies at all times,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs.”

The sales tax holiday for emergency supplies was approved by the Texas Legislature in 2015. The comptroller’s office estimates people will save more than $1.5 million on state and local taxes by purchasing emergency supplies during this timeframe.

There is no limit to the number of items you can purchase during the event. However, only certain items qualify, including:

  • Portable generators that cost less than $3,000
  • Emergency ladders and hurricane shutters which cost less than $300
  • The following items which cost less than $75: Axes, single or multipacks of batteries in AAA, AA, C, D, 6 volt or 9 volt varieties, nonelectric can openers, carbon monoxide detectors, nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, fuel containers, ground anchor systems and tie-down kits, hatchets, reusable and artificial ice products, flashlights, lanterns and candles, mobile phone batteries and chargers, portable radios and weather radios, smoke detectors, tarps and plastic sheeting.

The following items DO NOT qualify for the tax exemption:

  • Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves
  • Camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders
  • Tents
  • Repair or replacement parts for emergency supplies

More information about the sale tax holiday can be found on the comptroller’s website, here.

More information about preparing for disasters can be found here.