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Shopping Planner: Back to school edition

So Long, Summer: Back to School Events
Well, here it is. The last weekend of summer before most area schools go back Aug. 10. For some kids, this is the last hurrah of sweet freedom. Some parents are counting down the days until the return of their sweet freedom. Whatever your emotional disposition on back to school, here are a few fun ways to be prepared.

Tax Free Weekend: Saving money is always a blast, and Friday through Sunday, state sales tax is waived on school supplies, clothing and computers. This back-to-school special takes place at all retail stores throughout Florida. See floridarevenue.com for a detailed list of what’s covered.

Back to School Fair: This event at Tampa’s WestShore Plaza will get you prepared with workshops, exhibits and speakers, and will also be fun, featuring live entertainment and activities. The first 500 kids will receive a free book bag. It happens from  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 250 WestShore Plaza. (813) 286-0790. westshoreplaza.com.

Back to School BYOB: No, not as in beer, or even beverage. This “B” is for backpack. Clearwater law firm Carey Leisure and Neal is inviting children to bring in an empty backpack to be filled up with free necessary school supplies Saturday, while checking out a touch-a-truck and enjoying refreshments. It happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 622 Bypass Drive, Clearwater. (727) 710-0992.

Item of the Week:PLAE Shoes
New shoes are a staple of back to school shopping, and these come with a growth spurt guarantee, so that’s a win. Plae shoes feature interchangeable straps that come in different sizes and can be adjusted for fit to accommodate higher insteps, narrow feet and other foot idiosyncrasies. The shape of the shoes was specifically engineered to follow the contours of a child’s foot, allowing for natural growth and development. Plus they’re super stylish. They’re available locally at Dillard’s and Nordstrom, but if you purchase them on the Plae website (goplae.com), then you are eligible for that Growth Spurt Guarantee, in which you get 50 percent off shoes of the same style and color in the next size up if your child goes through a growth spurt within 30 days from when you received the shoes.

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