It says “Shop Till Ya Drop” basically to parents of kids going back to school (and freeloaders living in my house). The scoop is that Governor Quinn wants shoppers to take advantage of the state’s first-ever back-to-school sales tax holiday. He also reminded families from Illinois and bordering states that they will receive a 5 percent discount on back-to-school necessities during the 10-day period. The holiday started early this morning and continues through Sunday, Aug. 15.We are not the only state doing this. There are 19 others.
The National Retail Federation says that a U.S. family, on average, is expected to shell out $606.40 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics this year, up from $548.72 last year and $594.24 in 2008.
Illinois families tend to spend $800 million to $1.2 billion on back-to-school items, meaning the sales-tax break will save us $40 million to $60 million in tax payments, according to the state’s Department of Revenue. It may not be going to taxes for the roads etc. but..the moolah is going to the economy like a shot in the arm which will have secondary affects. Also, think about the taxable items parents will buy just for the convenience.
Talk about shopping in heaven…
Next week this babe is traveling to the HQ of a very nice place. The place is knows as “Shopping Mecca”/”heaven”/or whatever we babes deem the appropriate term at the save big money moment. The point is…I cannot wait to tell you about it!
Saturday 9: Friends
1. How many of your friendships have lasted more than ten years? Which of your current friends do you feel will still be important to you ten years from now?
I am palsies with a group of ladies. We have had lunch on a monthly basis for about 12 years.
2. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what’s the first thing you look at? I’m middle-aged…enough said. Ok, Raquel Welch.
3. Who was the most recent person on your missed call list on your cell phone? What’s your relationship with the person?
My brother B&Ming about stuff going on in the family.
4. What did your last text message you received on your cell phone say?
Some crud about the Cubs and camera angles. We’re desperate people.
5. How would you “label” yourself?
Goddess of all that is…until something goes wrong.
6. What was your favorite age that you’ve been?
Since I’ve been 29 for like 20 years or less…I guess I’ll go with 29.
7. What is your current desk top picture? What’s it significant?
Eerie question peeps.
It’s a picture of my father and I sitting on the bench looking over my mother’s grave site. The picture was taken last Jan., just after we buried my mother. As many of you know, my father just met up with her.
Count your blessings and treasure your moment people.
8. What was the last thing you said to someone that you‘d like to take back?
“You can use my credit card”….urrrrghhhh
9. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to go back in time and fix all your mistakes which would you choose?
It’s not the mistakes that I’m regretting. Mistakes are just learning experiences. I’d go back to appreciate the moments.
Join us this weekend