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Sears at Crabtree hosting after-hours Lands' End sale

In the final hours of this weekend's tax holiday, the Crabtree Valley Mall Sears store is hosting a special after-hours sale on Lands' End merchandise.

Refreshments, a wine tasting and giveaways are scheduled during the event, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.

Sam's Club open to all for tax-free weekend

Tax free weekend starts tonight at 12:01 a.m. , and as usual retailers are holding sales, offering coupons and extending hours to get more customers in the door.

For instance, Sam's Club, is opening all 22 of its stores in the state to the public — meaning you don't have to be a member to shop during the three-day tax holiday. There are four Sam's Clubs in the Triangle.

Some N&O subscribers also got a $10 off $30 coupon for Kohl's in today's paper (the little sticky at the top of the front page) and a 15 percent off coupon for Hamrick's in their insert.

If you find some good deals over the weekend be sure to share.

Get ready for upcoming tax-free shopping

A big heads up, savvy shoppers: North Carolina's tax-free weekend starts Friday.

Get a jump on prepping for the three-day shopping extravaganza by reading my Work & Money story HERE.

See what qualifies for tax-free status and get tips on how to stretch your budget, save time and avoid those massive crowds.

Sunday's sales: A whole new set of deals for tax holiday

If you didn't like the looks of the deals on the first two days of the tax-free weekend, you've got one last chance.

If you've got the stamina to keep shopping, today's sales circulars and coupon inserts offer up new deal potential.

As I mentioned in my post on the new school supplies deals, there are some rare coupons in today's inserts, giving us extra savings on items such as Avery and Five Star binders, Scotch brand products and Five Star notebooks.

Here are a few other deals in Sunday's paper that might entice you into the stores today for tax-free savings:

School supply deals: Don't forget your coupons

These are the best school supplies deals for the entire week. But if you want to get them tax-free, you need to hit the stores today for the last day of the tax holiday.

Before you head out the door, don't forget to clip the coupons for school supplies in today's Sunday inserts. (These are pretty rare coupons that typically are released just once a year. My favorites are the coupons on Avery binders and Five Star products.) While you're doing your pre-shopping prep work, print those Post-it Note coupons I mentioned in the Friday's freebies post. Keep reading to see how you can score another freebie with those coupons at Target this week.

Here's a store-by-store breakdown:

Cash in on Sunday's coupons; database updated!

Today's N&O has 178 coupons with a face value of approximately $232, many with a definite back-to-school theme.

There are several coupons on school supplies, which have great savings potential.  Talk about perfect timing because you still have today to combine those coupon savings with the state tax holiday.

Here are some of the more unusual and high-value coupons:

Promotions flooding in to compete for your tax-free dollars

As expected, the promotions for tax-free weekend are flooding in.

Today's N&O is full of advertisements and I also heard from local businesses hoping to entice customers over the tax holiday.

Lots of the deals are from retailers selling tax-free merchandise. Other deals are coming from merchants who don't sell tax-free items but want to compete for shoppers' dollars. And I don't blame them. In these tough times, shopkeepers can't afford an entire weekend without customers.

Some of the highlights:

20 FREE Bic pens at Office Max on tax-free weekend

In today's N&O, Office Max is advertising 10-packs of Bic pens for 50 cents during this weekend's upcoming tax holiday.

Pair that sale with the $1/2 coupon from the 7/31 Smart Source coupon insert and you walk out with 20 pens for FREE.

And since the sale is during tax-free weekend, you won't even have to pay the two pennies in tax.

We have a winner of the $10 Target gift card

Thanks to everyone who entered the Centsible Saver giveaway of a $10 gift card to Target.

I loved all your ideas for ways to save money during the upcoming tax-free weekend and will be using many of them in an up-coming story in The N&O.

The winner, chosen at random, is: Misty0410.

Congrats Misty. Watch for an email from me so I can get your contact information to mail you the gift card in plenty of time for the tax-free weekend sales.

Old Navy cash promo good during tax-free weekend

Old Navy launched a shopping promotion this week that will work nicely with the upcoming tax holiday.

For every $20 you spend at Old Navy, you earn $10 in "Super Cash" to spend later.

The promotion started Monday and runs through Aug. 18 so purchases you make Friday, Saturday and Sunday during tax-free weekend will qualify.

The Super Cash is redeemable Aug. 25 through Aug. 29. For every $10 you redeem, you must spend $20.

Click here for all the details.

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