It’s just a handful of weeks before kids return back to school in Houston area. Here are a few ways to save as you prepare for the back-to-school routine.
Remington College Cosmetology’s back-to-school program, Cuts for Kids, returns August 1-31 for kids ages 17 and under. Instructors and students provide free haircuts at two Houston-area locations. Make an appointment or walk in for the free cuts before school starts. Be sure to confirm the specific hours available at each location.
- 11310 Greens Crossing (North Houston) — 281.885.4490
- 20985 Gulf Freeway (Webster)– 281.554.1790
Remington College also is holding a school supply drive collecting basic supplies for local schools. Anyone who brings in a donation can get a free haircut, pedicure or manicure themselves!
In the last eight years, Remington has provided more than 16,000 free haircuts in its Cuts for Kids program.
Children’s Museum of Houston will once again offer free back-to-school immunizations for children 6 weeks to 18 years this summer. Each Thursday in August (August 3 – August 24) families can get kids immunized for free during the museum’s Free Family Night. The first 150 people will be eligible for the free shots from 5 pm – 7 pm. No registration required. Parents must bring their child’s shot records to qualify for free immunizations. These are for standard immunizations including flu shot.
Houston Fire Department also is hosting free shots August 24, 4 pm – 6:30 pm, at Val Jahnke Training Facility. This is for uninsured and Medicaid children. They are not able to service children with CHIP insurance.
Harris Health System also has free immunizations in August through its TroubleShooters Immunization Program nearly every day. Check out the list here.
Tax-Free Weekend (August 11-13)
Since 1999, Texas families have saved on back-to-school shopping during Tax-Free weekend. Whether you love it, or avoid the crowds, it can definitely save money for larger families.
The law exempts tax for clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100. Be sure to read the fine print. Athletic shoes (with cleats, for example) are not exempt. But diapers, both cloth and disposable, are exempt. Crazy rules!
Also, each eligible item under $100 qualifies. So two pairs of tennis shoes for $80 each qualify. Even though the total is over $100, each item is not.
Online shopping also counts during Tax-Free weekend. So you CAN even avoid the crowds and save! Deloitte did a survey and found 40% of people prefer to buy from stores where you can shop online and pick up in the store. Look for those opportunities as well!