KOMU Compares School Supply Prices for Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

2 years 9 months 4 weeks ago August 02, 2013 Aug 2, 2013 Friday, August 02 2013 Friday, August 02, 2013 3:43:00 PM CDT in News
By: Sam Hustis, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - This weekend's sales tax holiday on school supplies makes this one of the cheapest times to prepare for the return to class. KOMU 8 News set out to find the best places to maximize savings.

Missouri's annual holiday starts Friday and runs through Sunday. On these days, there will be no state sales tax on items such as school supplies, clothing and personal computers.

"It proves to be a popular holiday each year," said Michelle Gleba, the Director of Communications for the Missouri Department of Revenue.

"It's a busy time of year where many parents are getting things done and trying to get their back to school shopping out of the way, so it seems to fit in at the right time of year," Gleba said.

The Missouri Department of Revenue's website has a special section that has a complete list of what the tax holiday covers, but it can basically be broken down to the following items:

  • Clothing - any article valued at $100 or less
  • School supplies - not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software - valued at $350 or less
  • Personal computers - not to exceed $3,500
  • Computer related devices - not to exceed $3,500

With countless stores selling back to school merchandise, KOMU 8 News wanted to compare prices between major retailers around Columbia to find the best value.

The comparison focuses on five items found on most major school supply lists. To keep the comparisons as accurate as possible, KOMU 8 News found common brand for each item. They are as follows:

  • 24 count crayons - Crayola
  • Eight count washable markers - Crayola
  • 24 count No. 2 pencils - Ticonderoga
  • 1.5 inch 3-ring binder - Avery
  • 100 page spiral notebook - 5 Star

We went to five different stores in Columbia to compare the prices: Wal-Mart, Target, Staples, Office Depot, and Hy-Vee. In a few cases, the stores did not sell some of the five items, so the closest alternative was chosen.

Product Wal-Mart Target Staples Office Depot Hy-Vee
Crayons $0.50 $0.50 $1.00 $1.29 $1.59*
Markers $1.97 $1.99 $2.00 $4.19 $3.99
Pencils $3.96 $3.99 $4.99 $4.99 $5.07* (30)
3-Ring Binder $4.97 $6.61 $8.49 $5.49* $4.99*
Spiral Notebook $1.44 $3.99 $2.99 $5.99 $3.29
Total Cost $12.84 $17.08 $19.47 $21.95 $18.93

* Denotes closest alternative

As the chart shows, Wal-Mart was the cheapest place to shop for supplies, $9.11 less than the most expensive store, Office Depot. 

 

More News

Grid
List
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwest Missouri woman has been ordered to spend seven years and three months in federal prison... More >>
2 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:27:30 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Heart of Missouri United Way has invest money in 16 local programs that are addressing local poverty.... More >>
3 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:37:00 PM CDT in News
WILLIAMSBURG – Employees at a country store discovered a historical video of Fulton. Workers at Crane’s Store found a... More >>
3 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:32:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is pushing a bill she says is aimed at helping World War... More >>
3 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:57:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis University officials say its law school is trying to redefine itself after moving locations,... More >>
4 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:43:04 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bond has been set at $1 million for a former St. Louis police officer charged with... More >>
4 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:38:31 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force arrested Jeremy Rogers, 40, for attempted sexual exploitation of... More >>
4 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri hired a new vice chancellor of extension and engagement. Marshall Stewart, current director of... More >>
5 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 1:16:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who posted nude photos of a 15-year-old girl on Facebook has been sentenced... More >>
6 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:30:13 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is introducing a new program training primary care providers in high quality care for... More >>
6 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:22:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Convenience may outweigh the cost of expensive hospital bills when choosing care at an emergency room for non-emergencies.... More >>
6 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:59:00 AM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Cape Girardeau apparently hit the jackpot when it bet on opening a casino. City... More >>
8 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9:47:50 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - I think many of us immediately think of the military when we hear someone referring to PTSD. We... More >>
10 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:15:00 AM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - Repairs to U.S. Highway 63 were expected to be underway Tuesday night in Prathersville. The repairs... More >>
18 hours ago May 31, 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:06:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Dryer’s Shoe Store is one of Columbia's oldest downtown retailers, and it is running a shoe drive to... More >>
20 hours ago May 30, 2016 May 30, 2016 Monday, May 30 2016 Monday, May 30, 2016 10:13:00 PM CDT in News
GLASGOW- The Missouri River was more than six feet above flood stage levels in Glasgow Monday afternoon. The entire... More >>
23 hours ago May 30, 2016 May 30, 2016 Monday, May 30 2016 Monday, May 30, 2016 7:37:00 PM CDT in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Missouri State Highway Patrol tested new extended Water Patrol shifts this Memorial Day weekend.... More >>
23 hours ago May 30, 2016 May 30, 2016 Monday, May 30 2016 Monday, May 30, 2016 7:01:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' police chief is calling the city's judges too lenient with defendants in alleged gun... More >>
1 day ago May 30, 2016 May 30, 2016 Monday, May 30 2016 Monday, May 30, 2016 5:25:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 81°
7pm 79°
8pm 77°
9pm 73°
10pm 71°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Maya & Marty
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Containment

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Maya & Marty
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Containment
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld