Today marks the last day of Florida's tax-free back-to-school shopping holiday. We happened to be at Ellenton Premium Outlets last week, and like most malls, it was bracing for a riot of shoppers. So here's some math to keep in mind for people in Tampa. Gas now costs about $3.47 per gallon. It's 41.2 miles to Ellenton. Using the handy CostToDrive.com calculator, and selecting the mileage of a 2012 Honda Pilot, that means a round-trip visit will cost you $12.64. Driving a Nissan Altima will cost you $9.48, so let's split the difference: $11. Given the sales tax in Ellenton of 6.5 percent, you'd have to spend about $170 on clothes, shoes or other eligible goods to break even. Spending $250 would theoretically save you $16.25 in taxes - minus your gas cost. Whatever you do, before driving to Ellenton, go to the mall's website and print out coupons. They're available for 15 or 20 percent off lots if you join the "VIP Club."
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