Monday, July 21, 2014

Sales Tax Holidays & Tax Free Weekends are Coming!

When we talk about "holidays" here on HolidayShoppingHours.com, it's usually in reference to holiday hours at your favorite stores and restaurants.  But there's a different sort of "holiday" coming that you'll want to be aware of.

In late July and throughout August, many states hold sales tax holidays or tax free weekends.  During specific dates, certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax being collected.  Typically, the eligible items include clothes, shoes, and school supplies.  Some states also allow computers and computer accessories as tax-free items.  In Louisiana, you can purchase pretty much anything up to $2,500 except vehicles and pay no tax!  In Connecticut and Maryland, the savings aren't nearly as generous, but you do have an entire week to ax the tax instead of just a few days!

Here are the dates to be aware of for the 2014 sales tax holidays and tax free weekends.

Friday, July 25: Mississippi

Saturday, July 26: Mississippi

Friday, August 1: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Saturday, August 2: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Sunday, August 3: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Friday, August 8: Texas

Saturday, August 9: Texas

Sunday, August 10: Maryland, Texas

Monday, August 11: Maryland

Tuesday, August 12: Maryland

Wednesday, August 13: Maryland

Thursday, August 14: Maryland

Friday, August 15: Maryland

Saturday, August 16: Maryland

Sunday, August 17: Connecticut

Monday, August 18: Connecticut

Tuesday, August 19: Connecticut

Wednesday, August 20: Connecticut

Thursday, August 21: Connecticut

Friday, August 21: Connecticut

Saturday, August 22: Connecticut


These states will NOT be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend in 2014:

Alaska (no state sales tax), Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware (no state sales tax), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana (no state sales tax), Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire (no state sales tax), New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon (no state sales tax), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Is it Open or Closed on Civic Holiday/August Long Weekend?

For 2014, Civic Holiday falls on Monday, August 4th.  Before you head out to the stores and restaurants, it's a good idea to check and see whether they are open or closed!  Most eateries, shopping centers, and malls are open on Civic Holiday and throughout the August Long Weekend.  However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation.  Other businesses may be closed entirely on Civic Holiday in order to give their employees the day off. 

Civic Holiday is also known as Heritage Day in Alberta, British Columbia Day, New Brunswick Day, Regatta Day in Newfoundland/Labrador, Natal Day in Nova Scotia, Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Ontario; Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Ontario; and Simcoe Day in Toronto.  Here's a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed:

BANKS - CLOSED

BARS & CLUBS - OPEN 

BEER STORES - SOME OPEN, SOME CLOSED.  In Ontario, some The Beer Store locations will be open on August 4th.  Those stores operating on Civic Holiday will be open from 11:00AM-6:00PM.  Call ahead to confirm before heading out!

BIG BOX STORES - OPEN  (Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Costco, The Home Depot, Home Hardware, Home Outfitters, HomeSense, Lowe's, PetSmart, RONA, Sears, Staples, Target, Walmart, etc.)

CANADA POST/POST OFFICES - CLOSED

CASUAL RESTAURANTS - OPEN  (Boston Pizza, Tim Horton's, The Keg Steakhouse, Earls, Milestones, Harvey's, Swiss Chalet, East Side Mario's, Kelsey's, St-Hubert, Montana's Cookhouse, etc.)

CONVENIENCE STORES - OPEN  (Circle K, Needs Convenience, On the Run, Quickie, Mac's, Provi-Soir, OLCO, Irving's Blue Canoe, Pioneer, etc.) - OPEN.  Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

DEPARTMENT STORES - OPEN (Army & Navy, Marshalls, Winners, Rossy, Dollarama, Bowring, The Bargain! Shop, The Source, Stedmans V&S, Hudson's Bay, La Maison Simons, Fields, Holt Renfrew, XS Cargo, Taylor's, Giant Tiger, etc.)

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS - OPEN (McDonald's, Burger King, A&W, KFC, Subway, Dairy Queen, Quizno's, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Pizza Pizza, Starbucks, etc.)

GROCERY STORES - OPEN (Loblaws, Sobeys, Save-On Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Metro, Super C, Foodland, Price Chopper, Food Faire, Thrifty Foods, Highland Farms, Dominion, Marché Ami, Northern/North Mart, etc.) - most locations will be OPEN.  However, some may be operating with reduced hours on August 4th.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES - CLOSED.  Nearly all federal, provincial, and local agencies are closed on Civic Holiday.

LIQUOR STORES - MOSTLY OPEN.  In Ontario, most but not all LCBO stores will be open.   Some locations will be operating on holiday schedule with reduced hours.  All Manitoba Liquor Mart locations except cityplace will be open on August 4 from 10:00AM-6:00PM. 

MOVIE THEATERS - OPEN (Cineplex Entertainment, Landmark Cinemas, Cinemark Theaters, Cinémas Guzzo, etc.) Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Labor Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES - OPEN (Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Value Drug Mart, Lawtons, DRUGStore Pharmacy, Pharmaprix, Pharmasave, Jean Coutu, Brunet, Uniprix, etc.)  These stores are almost always open.  However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours for the holiday.  Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores also have varying hours of operation during the Civic Holiday.

SHOPPING CENTERS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES - OPEN

SCHOOLS - CLOSED

If you're not sure, call the store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving the house.  This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite eating or shopping place is closed on Civic Holiday.  Be smart out there.  Plan ahead and have a great August Long Weekend!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Is it Open or Closed on Labor Day?

For 2014, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1st.  Before you head out to the stores and restaurants, it's a good idea to check and see whether they are open or closed!  Most eateries, shopping centers, and malls are open on Labor Day.  However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation.  Other businesses may be closed entirely on Labor Day in order to give their employees the day off.  Here's a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed:

BANKS - CLOSED

BARS & CLUBS - OPEN 

BIG BOX STORES - OPEN  (Walmart, Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, Trader Joe's, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, PetSmart, Kohl's, Belk, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Sports Authority, etc.)

CASUAL RESTAURANTS - OPEN  (Olive Garden, Applebee's, Chevy's, Red Lobster, HuHot, Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Logan's Roadhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Hut, Montana Mike's, Lone Star Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beef 'O' Brady's, Perkins, Denny's, etc.)

CONVENIENCE STORES - OPEN  (7-Eleven, Kwik Trip, Circle K, Kum & Go, Casey's, QuikTrip, etc.) - OPEN.  Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS - OPEN (Arby's, Hardee's, McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Taco John's, KFC, Long John Silver's, Captain D's, White Castle, Krystal, Carl's Jr., Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, A&W, Chipotle, etc.)

GROCERY STORES - OPEN (Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Cub Foods, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Food 4 Less, Albertsons, Safeway, Price Chopper, Von's, Fred Meyer, Food Lion, Gerbes, Dillons, H-E-B., Ingles, Q.F.C., Hy-Vee, etc.) - most locations will be OPEN.  However, some may be operating with reduced hours.  An exception is ALDI.  All ALDI stores will be CLOSED on Labor Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES - CLOSED.  Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Labor Day.

LIQUOR STORES - This depends on which state and/or city you are located in.  Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on Labor Day while others do not.

MOVIE THEATERS - OPEN (AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc.) Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Labor Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES - OPEN (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.)  These stores are almost always open.  However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours for the holiday.  Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores also have varying hours of operation during the Labor Day holiday.

POST OFFICE (USPS) - CLOSED

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES - OPEN (JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Carson's, Herberger's, Younkers, Dick's Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Bergners, Nordstrom, etc.)

SCHOOLS - CLOSED

If you're not sure, call the store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving the house.  This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite eating or shopping place is closed on Labor Day.  Be smart out there.  Plan ahead and have a great holiday weekend!

Sam's Club Holiday & Regular Store Hours

Seems like I'm always being asked about Sam's Club holiday and Sunday hours.  For some reason, many people don't seem to realize that Sam's is open on Sundays.  Here's a quick rundown of the current hours of operation schedule for Sam's Club:

Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday: 10:00AM-8:30PM for all members.  Early Shopping Hours for Plus and Business Members are from 7:00AM-10:00AM.

Saturday: 9:00AM-8:30PM for all members.  Early Shopping Hours for Plus and Business Members are from 7:00AM-9:00AM.

Sunday: 10:00AM-6:00PM for all members.

New Year's Day: Sam's Club is CLOSED on January 1.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: regular Monday Club hours.

Valentine's Day: regular club hours

President's Day: regular  Monday Club hours.

St. Patrick's Day: regular Club hours.

Easter Sunday: Sam's Club is CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

Mother's Day: regular Sunday Club hours.

Memorial Day: Sam's Club is OPEN from 7:00AM-6:00PM for all members.

Father's Day: regular Sunday club hours.

4th of July (Independence Day): Sam's Club is OPEN from 10:00AM-6:00PM for all members.

Labor Day: Sam's Club is OPEN from 7:00AM-6:00PM for all members.

Columbus Day: regular Monday club hours.

Halloween: regular club hours.

Veterans Day: regular club hours.

Thanksgiving Day: Sam's Club is CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday: club opening time on Black Friday to be announced.

Christmas Eve: club closing time on Christmas Eve to be announced.

Christmas Day: Sam's Club is CLOSED on Christmas Day.

New Year's Eve: regular club hours.,

Friday, July 4, 2014

Best Buy - OPEN Civic Holiday August 4 Long Weekend

Most Best Buy Canada stores will be open on the Civic Holiday: Monday, August 4th, 2014:

ALBERTA (Heritage Day)
- Calgary
- Edmonton
- Grande Prairie
- Lethbridge
- Red Deer

BRITISH COLUMBIA (British Columbia Day)
- Burnaby
- Coquitlam
- Kamloops
- Kelowna
- Langley
- Nanaimo
- Richmond
- Surrey
- Vancouver
- Vernon
- Victoria
- West Vancouver

MANITOBA
- Winnipeg

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR (Regatta Day)
- St. Johns

NOVA SCOTIA (Natal Day)
- Dartmouth
- Halifax
- Sydney

ONTARIO
- Ancaster
- Ajax
- Aurora
- Barrie
- Belleville
- Brampton
- Burlington (Joseph Brant Day)
- Cambridge
- East Gwillimbury
- East York
- Etobicoke
- Guelph
- Hamilton
- Kanata
- Kingston
- Kitchener
- London
- Markham
- Milton
- Mississauga
- Nepean
- Niagara Falls
- North York
- Oakville
- Ottawa (Colonel By Day)
- Peterborough
- Pickering
- Richmond Hill
- St. Catharines
- Scarborough
- Sudbury
- Toronto (Simcoe Day)
- Vaughan
- Waterloo
- Whitby
- Windsor
- Woodbridge

QUEBEC
- Anjou
- Brossard
- Dorval
- Gatineau
- LaSalle
- Laval
- Montreal
- Pointe Claire
- Quebec City
- Rosemere
- Saint-Laurent
- St. Bruno de Montarville

SASKATCHEWAN (Saskatchewan Day)
- Regina
- Saskatoon

Even though stores are open, some may be running holiday schedules with shorter hours of operation.  Please call ahead to confirm hours before heading out to Canadian Tire for the Civic Holiday and long weekend sales, deals, coupons, and special holiday offers: August 2-3-4, 2014.

Canadian Tire - OPEN Civic Holiday August 4 Long Weekend

Most Canadian Tire stores will be open on the Civic Holiday: Monday, August 4th, 2014:

ALBERTA (Heritage Day)
- Airdrie
- Athabasca
- Brooks
- Calgary
- Camrose
- Cochrane
- Drayton Valley
- Drumheller
- Edmonton
- Fort McMurray
- Fort Saskatchewan
- Grande Prairie
- Leduc
- Lethbridge
- Lloydminster
- Medicine Hat
- Okotoks
- Olds
- Red Deer
- Rocky Mountain House
- St. Albert
- Sherwood Park
- Spruce Grove
- Stettler
- Strathmore
- Sylvan Lake
- Vegreville
- Wainwright
- Wetaskiwin

BRITISH COLUMBIA (British Columbia Day)
- Abbotsford
- Burnaby South
- Campbell River
- Castlegar
- Chilliwack
- Coquitlam
- Courtenay
- Cranbrook
- Dawson Creek
- Duncan
- Fernie
- Fort St. John
- Kamloops
- Kelowna
- Langley
- Maple Ridge
- Merritt
- Mission
- North Vancouver
- Oliver
- Penticton
- Port Alberni
- Port Coquitlam
- Powell River
- Prince George
- Quesnel
- Richmond
- Salmon Arm
- Sechelt
- Smithers
- South Richmond
- Squamish
- Surrey
- Terrace
- Trail
- Vancouver
- Vernon
- Victoria
- Westbank
- White Rock
- Williams Lake

MANITOBA
- Brandon
- Dauphin
- Flin Flon
- Portage La Prairie
- Selkirk
- Steinbach
- Thompson
- Winkler
- Winnipeg

NEW BRUNSWICK (New Brunswick Day)
- Atholville
- Bathurst
- Dieppe
- Edmundston
- Frederickton
- Grand Falls
- Miramachi
- Moncton
- Oromocto
- Riverview
- Rothesay
- Saint John
- Shediac
- St. Stephen
- Sheila
- Woodstock

NOVA SCOTIA (Natal Day)
- Amherst
- Antigonish
- Bedford
- Bridgewater
- Cole Harbour
- Dartmouth
- Digby
- Glace Bay
- Greenwood
- Halifax
- New Glasgow
- New Minas
- North Sydney
- Port Hawkesbury
- Sydney
- Tantallon
- Truro
- Yarmouth

ONTARIO
- Agincourt
- Ajax
- Alexandria
- Alliston
- Amherstburg
- Ancaster
- Arnprior
- Aurora
- Aylmer
- Bancroft
- Barrie
- Belleville
- Blenheim
- Bolton
- Bowmanville
- Bracebridge
- Bradford
- Brampton
- Brantford
- Brockville
- Burlington (Joseph Brant Day)
- Caledonia
- Cambridge
- Campbellford
- Carleton Place
- Casselman
- Chatham
- Chelmsford
- Cobourg
- Cochrane
- Collingwood
- Cornwall
- Deep River
- Delhi
- Dryden
- Dundas
- Dunnville
- Elliot Lake
- Espanola
- Essex
- Etobicoke
- Exeter
- Fenelon Falls
- Fergus
- Forest
- Fort Erie
- Fort Frances
- Gananoque
- Georgetown
- Gloucester
- Goderich
- Gravenhurst
- Grimsby
- Guelph
- Hamilton
- Hanmer
- Hanover
- Hawkesbury
- Huntsville
- Ingersoll
- Islington
- Kanata
- Kemptville
- Kenora
- Keswick
- Kincardine
- Kingston
 - Kirkland Lake
- Kitchener
- Leamington
- Lindsay
- Listowel
- London
- Markham
- Midland
- Milton
- Mississauga
- Morrisburg
- Mount Forest
- Napanee
- Nepean
- New Liskeard
- Newmarket
- Niagara Falls
- Nipigon
- North Bay
- North York
- Oakville
- Orangeville
- Orillia
- Oshawa
- Ottawa  (Colonel By Day)
- Owen Sound
- Paris
- Parry Sound
- Pembroke
- Perth
- Peterborough
- Pickering
- Picton
- Port Colborne
- Port Elgin
- Port Perry
- Prescott
- Renfrew
- Rexdale
- Richmond Hill
- Rockland
- Sarnia
- Sault Ste. Marie
- Scarborough
- Simcoe
- Smiths Falls
- St. Catharines
- St. Marys
- St. Thomas
- Stoney Creek
- Stouffville
- Stratford
- Strathroy
- Sturgeon Falls
- Sudbury
- Thornhill
- Thunder Bay
- Tilbury
- Tillsonburg
- Timmins
- Toronto (Simcoe Day)
- Trenton
- Uxbridge
- Vaughan
- Wallaceburg
- Wasaga Beach
- Waterdown
- Waterloo
- Welland
- Weston
- Whitby
- Willowdale
- Windsor
- Woodbridge
- Woodstock

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND (Natal Day)
- Charlottetown
- Summerside

QUEBEC
- Alma
- Amos
- L'Anciette-Lorette
- Aylmer
- Baie-Comeau
- Beauport
- Beloeil
- Blainville
- Boucherville
- Brossard
- Buckingham
- Chateauguay
- Chicoutimi
- Coaticook
- Cowansville
- Delson
- Dolbeau-Mistassini
- Dorval
- Donnacona
- Drummondville
- Fleurimont
- Gaspe
- Gatineau
- Granby
- Greenfield Park
- Hull
- Joliette
- Jonquiere
- Kirkland
- La Baie
- La Malbaie
- La Pocatiere
- La Sarre
- La Tuque
- Lac Megantic
- Lachute
- Laval
- Levis
- Longueuil
- Magog
- Maniwaki
- Matane
- Mont-Laurier
- Mont-Tremblant
- Montmagny
- Montreal
- Nicolet
- Paspebiac
- Île-Perrot
- Quebec City
- Repentigny
- Rimouski
- Rivere du Loup
- Roberval
- Rosemere
- Rouyn-Noranda
- Saint-Bruno
- Saint-Eustache
- - Saint-Georges
- Saint-Hyacinthe
- Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
- Saint-Jerome
- Saint-Laurent
- Saint-Leonard
- Saint-Romuald
- Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
- Sainte-Marie
- Sept-Îles
- Shawinigan
- Shawville
- Sherbrooke
- Sorel-Tracy
- Terrebonne
- Thetford Mines
- Trois-Rivières
- Val-d'Or
- Valleyfield
- Vaudreuil
- Verdun
- Victoriaville
- Ville-la-Salle

SASKATCHEWAN (Saskatchewan Day)
- Estevan
- Humboldt
- Melfort
- Moose Jaw
- North Battleford
- Prince Albert
- Regina
- Saskatoon
- Swift Current
- Weyburn
- Yorkton

YUKON
- Whitehorse

Even though stores are open, some may be running holiday schedules with shorter hours of operation.  Please call ahead to confirm hours before heading out to Canadian Tire for the Civic Holiday and long weekend sales, deals, coupons, and special holiday offers: August 2-3-4, 2014.

COSTCO - OPEN Civic Holiday August 4 Long Weekend

Most COSTCO Wholesale stores will be open on the Civic Holiday: Monday, August 4th, 2014:

ALBERTA (Heritage Day)
- Calgary
- Edmonton
- Grande Prairie
- Lethbridge
- Medicine Hat
- Okotoks
- Red Deer
- Rocky View
- Sherwood
- South Calgary

BRITISH COLUMBIA (British Columbia Day)
- Abbotsford
- Burnaby
- Courtenay
- Kamloops
- Kelowna
- Langford
- Langley
- Nanaimo
- Port Coquitlam
- Port George
- Richmond
- Surrey
- Vancouver

MANITOBA
- Winnipeg

NEW BRUNSWICK
- Fredericton
- Moncton
- Saint John

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR (Regatta Day)
- St. Johns

NOVA SCOTIA (Natal Day)
- Dartmouth
- Halifax

ONTARIO
- Ajax
- Ancaster
- Barrie
- Brampton
- Burlington (Joseph Brant Day)
- Etobicoke
- Gloucester
- Kanata
- Kingston
- Kitchener
- London
- Markham
- Mississauga
- Nepean
- Newmarket
- Peterborough
- Richmond Hill
- Scarborough
- St. Catharines
- Sudbury
- Toronto (Simcoe Day)
- Windsor
- Woodbridge

QUEBEC
- Anjou
- Boisbriand
- Boucherville
- Brossard
- Candiac
- Chicoutimi
- Gatineau
- Laval
- Montreal
- Pointe-Claire
- Quebec City
- Saint-Hubert
- Saint-Jerome
- Sainte-Foy
- Sherbrooke
- Terrebonne
- Trois-Rivieres-Ouest

SASKATCHEWAN (Saskatchewan Day)
- Regina
- Saskatoon

Even though stores are open, some may be running holiday schedules with shorter hours of operation.  Please call ahead to confirm hours before heading out to COSTCO Wholesale for the Civic Holiday and long weekend sales, deals, coupons, and special holiday offers: August 2-3-4, 2014.