New Mexico Tax Holiday 2014

July 24, 2014 by  
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New Mexico Tax Holiday This year’s New Mexico Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 1, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 3, 2014. During this gross receipts tax holiday, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from the state’s gross receipts tax during the New Mexico  tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers, including tablets, priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced under $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers, ink cartridges etc.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • School backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.) Also swimwear is excluded and any specialist footwear that someone wouldn’t wear in the street, such as ski boots.

There are many sub-categories in the eligible items, so to see what’s taxable and nontaxable, check out these two PDF files:

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Hence I’m giving you the heads-up: If you’re planning a remote camping trip to the mountains, DON’T do it on the weekend of August 1 to 3, 2014!

Retailers across the city will be participating in the New Mexico Tax Holiday, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2014 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania


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Thrift Town 2-Day Labor Day Sale

August 30, 2013 by  
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This Thrift Town Labor Day sale celebrates the Labor Day weekend with two days of different savings on September 1 and 2, 2013.

They’ll be working hard at Thrift Town over the holiday as the Thrift Town Labor Day sale offers:

  • 30% off everything on Sunday September 1
  • 50% off all clothing on Monday September 2

In addition to gently-used clothes for men, women, and kids, Thrift Town sells small appliances, kitchen wares, furniture and household items, music, jewelry, sports gear, and toys – so they would come under the ‘30% off everything’ Labor Day sale on Sunday! The store is quite a treasure trove of these and many other types of items, so what you find on any day will vary. (And that’s half the fun of shopping there.)

As with all Thrift Town sales, the Labor Day sale excludes gift cards and already-reduced Color Tag items, plus it also excludes Thrift Town logo gear. You also can’t use any coupons you’ve got stockpiled on the day of the sale.

Pick up a Thrift Town Super Shopper card while you’re in the store. You get a stamp for every $10 you spend, and once the card is full with 20 stamps, you earn $10 off your next $20+ purchase.

Also note that Seniors aged 60+ get 30% off clothing at Thrift Town every Monday.  You can’t combine the senior discount with any other promo.

The Thrift Town Albuquerque store is at 3900 Menaul Blvd NE

–Tania

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Free Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping for College Students

August 29, 2013 by  
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If you need your text books or anything else in a hurry, the Amazon Prime service includes free two-day shipping for speedy delivery, with no minimum order. The service usually costs $79 a year, but college students joining this free Amazon Student membership program get free Amazon Prime for six monthsStudents signing up for the program by October 15, 2013, are also entered into a drawing to win $30,000 in cash.

Other Amazon Student membership benefits include student discounts and news on offers, giveaways, and promotions especially for students. It’s free to sign up for Amazon Student with free Amazon Prime, you just need to verify that you’re a current student at a college or university by providing a .edu email address. Once that .edu address is verified, use any email you choose to manage your Amazon account.

The free Amazon Prime offer does not include movie streaming, nor the Kindle Owners Lending Library to borrow books. At the end of the free six months, members are switched to a discounted Amazon Prime membership costing $39 a year – which is still a saving on the regular $79 rate, and this does include video streaming and the Kindle library. If you don’t want to be automatically upgraded, make sure you select the “do not upgrade” option during your free six months.

See all the terms, details, and benefits of the free Amazon Prime Student deal, which you can also use to order products other than books – perhaps all the kitchen stuff or electronics you’ll need to kit out your new student digs. As long as they item is eligible for Amazon Prime shipping, you’re good to go.

Existing Amazon Prime members (who are students) can still register for Amazon Student, and get a refund on the remainder of their subscription.

I’d always encourage you to support your local independent bookstore such as Bookworks and Page One, or, of course, the University of New Mexico Bookstore if you study at UNM.  But if you buy online anyway, this is a great way to save on shipping costs, especially if you need your books in a rush because you’ve left your studying till the last minute (Tsk tsk! Yeah, I know, we’ve all done it…)

NOT A STUDENT AND WANT TO TRY FREE AMAZON PRIME?

Everyone else can still try Amazon Prime with a free one month trial. The free month trial includes unlimited instant video streaming of movies and TV shows.  Be sure to cancel your subscription before the free trial ends or select “do not upgrade” once you’re registered for the freebie, if you don’t want your credit card to be automatically charged for the annual $79 subscription at the end of the trial period.

–Tania.  Note: I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link. Thanks!

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2013: Friday Through Sunday

August 2, 2013 by  
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New Mexico Tax Holiday A reminder that this year’s New Mexico Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 2, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 4, 2013. I posted about this before, but if you missed it, here’s the recap.

During this gross receipts tax holiday, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which is especially helpful for parents as it makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from the state’s gross receipts tax during the New Mexico  tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers, including tablets, priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced under $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers, ink cartridges etc.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • School backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.) Also swimwear is excluded and any specialist footwear that someone wouldn’t wear in the street, such as ski boots.

There are many sub-categories in the eligible items, so to see what’s taxable and nontaxable, check out this PDF file giving New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday detailed listings of all items.

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Retailers across the city will be participating, and sometimes they give you a tax break even on items not officially covered by absorbing the gross receipts tax themselves. But if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2012 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2013

July 24, 2013 by  
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New Mexico Tax Holiday This year’s New Mexico Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 2, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 4, 2013. During this gross receipts tax holiday, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from the state’s gross receipts tax during the New Mexico  tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers, including tablets, priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced under $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers, ink cartridges etc.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • School backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.) Also swimwear is excluded and any specialist footwear that someone wouldn’t wear in the street, such as ski boots.

There are many sub-categories in the eligible items, so to see what’s taxable and nontaxable, check out these two PDF files:

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Hence I’m giving you the heads-up: If you’re planning a remote camping trip to the mountains, DON’T do it on the weekend of August 2 to 4, 2013!

Retailers across the city will be participating in the New Mexico Tax Holiday, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2013 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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Thrift Town Labor Day 2-Day Sale

August 31, 2012 by  
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This Thrift Town sale celebrates the Labor Day weekend with two days of different savings on September 2 and 3, 2012.

They’ll be working hard at Thrift Town over the holiday as the Thrift Town Labor Day weekend sale offers:

  • 30% off everything on Sunday September 2
  • 50% off clothing on Monday September 3 

In addition to gently-used clothes for men, women, and kids, Thrift Town sells small appliances, kitchen wares, furniture and household items, music, jewelry, sports gear, and toys – so they would come under the ‘30% off everything’ sale on Sunday! It’s quite a treasure trove of these and many other types of items for sale, so what you find on any day will vary. (And that’s half the fun of shopping there.)

As with all Thrift Town sales, the Back to School sale excludes gift cards and already-reduced Color Tag items, plus it also excludes Thrift Town logo gear. You also can’t use any coupons you’ve got stockpiled on the day of the sale.

Pick up a Thrift Town Super Shopper card while you’re in the store. You get a stamp for every $10 you spend, and once the card is full with 20 stamps, you earn $10 off your next $20+ purchase.

Also note that Seniors aged 60+ get 30% off clothing at Thrift Town every Monday.  You can’t combine the senior discount with any other promo.

The Thrift Town Albuquerque store is at 3900 Menaul Blvd NE

–Tania

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Free Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping for College Students

August 31, 2012 by  
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If you need your text books (or anything else) in a hurry, the Amazon Prime service offers two-day shipping for speedy delivery, with no minimum order. The service usually costs $79 a year, but college students signing up for the free Amazon Student membership program get Amazon Prime free for six months. You also receive a free $3 MP3 credit on joining, in a limited time promotion.

Other Amazon Student membership benefits include student discounts and news on offers and promotions. If you can’t wait for free two-day shipping, one-day shipping within the plan costs $3.99. To sign up for the free Amazon Student with Amazon Prime, you need to verify that you’re a current student at a college or university by providing a .edu email address. Once that .edu address is verified, use any email you choose to manage your Amazon account.

The free offer does not include movie streaming, nor the Kindle Owners Lending Library to borrow books.

At the end of the free six months, members are automatically switched to a discounted Amazon Prime membership costing $39 a year – which is still a saving on the regular $79 rate, and this does include video streaming. If you don’t want to be automatically upgraded, make sure you select the “do not upgrade” option during your free six months.

See all the terms, details, and benefits of the Amazon Prime Student deal, which you can also use to order products other than books. Existing Amazon Prime members (who are students) can still register for Amazon Student, and get a refund on the remainder of their subscription.

I’d always encourage you to support your local independent bookstore such as Bookworks and Page One, or, of course, the University of New Mexico Bookstore if you study at UNM.  But if you buy online anyway, this is a great way to save on shipping costs, especially if you need your books in a rush because you’ve left your studying till the last minute (Tsk tsk! Yeah, I know, we’ve all done it…)

NOT A STUDENT AND WANT TO TRY AMAZON PRIME?

Everyone else can still try Amazon Prime with a free one month trial. The free month trial includes unlimited instant video streaming of movies and TV shows.  Be sure to cancel your subscription before the free trial ends or select “do not upgrade” once you’re registered for the freebie, if you don’t want your credit card to be automatically charged for the annual $79 subscription at the end of the trial period.

–Tania.  Note: I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link. Thanks!

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15% off for Students & Teachers at The Limited

August 12, 2012 by  
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Educators and students receive a 15% discount at The Limited women’s fashion store.

The discount for teachers and students is valid on purchases made in stores. They don’t exactly shout about it, it’s hidden away in the Frequently Asked Questions on their website under The Limited Promotions, so you have to know to ask for it. Now you know, so ask for it!

You need to take your student or educator ID and the 15% off is only good in stores, not online. It also can’t be combined with other coupons. There’s no expiry date – this is an ongoing promotion.

The Limited in Albuquerque is located in Cottonwood Mall.

–Tania

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2012: Friday Through Sunday

August 2, 2012 by  
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See our latest New Mexico Tax Holiday post for information on the 2013 tax holiday.

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A reminder that the 2012 New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 3, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 5.  I posted about this before, but if you missed it, here’s the recap.

During the tax holiday weekend you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which is especially helpful for parents as it makes back-to-school shopping a little more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from gross receipts tax in New Mexico during the tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers, including tablets, priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced under $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers, ink cartridges etc.)
  • School supplies priced under $30 per unit
  • Bookbags and school backpacks priced less than $100 per unit
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit

Note that phones, cameras, PDAs, iPods and all MP3 players, games including computer games, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.)

Find more details on what’s taxable and nontaxable during the New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday in the PDF files at the link.

In Albuquerque, where the gross receipts tax rate is 7%, that means you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Retailers across the city will be participating, and sometimes they give you a tax break even on items not officially covered by absorbing the gross receipts tax themselves. But if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2012 Tax Holiday, ask in stores before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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Maternity & Kids Back to School Consignment Sale Free Pass

July 30, 2012 by  
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The Just Between Friends back-to-school sale on August 4 and 5, 2012, offers bargains for moms and moms-to-be – especially if you use our free admission coupon,  saving $3 to spend on more togs for the tots. Plus a free presale for teachers, military, and new moms if you register in advance.

Kids grow out of their clothes faster than the Incredible Hulk (although hopefully not so green).  If you’re a parent who knows THAT picture, check out the Just Between Friends Albuquerque consignment sale of gently used children’s clothing, plus toys, playground and nursery items, and maternity wear for moms-to-be. The back-to-school sale takes place on August 4 to 5, and promises savings of 50% to 90% off retail prices.

Admission for the first day is $3,  but you get in free with the free admission coupon PDF the organizers sent for ABQ on the Cheap readers.

Albuquerque Just Between Friends takes place at a new location for the back-to-school 2012 sale:

  • Saturday August 4 from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission $3 or print out the free admission coupon
  • Sunday August 5 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Admission is free, and most items are half priced (clear the decks!)
  • Where: The Pavilions at San Mateo Shopping Center, at I-40 & San Mateo NE

There is also a presale evening on Friday August 3, with free admission for teachers and military parents and for first time moms, defined as as pregnant with your first child, or your first child is under one year old, or you’re in the process of adopting or fostering your first child. You need to register in advance at the links for these presales, by midnight on August 1.

–Tania

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