Coming up this weekend is the shopping event that nearly rivals Black Friday: the Sales Tax Holiday.

States allow purchases (with limitations) without collecting sales tax, easing the financial burden of parents.

Most online retailers also observer the sales tax holiday, but check carefully during the final stage of any online purchase to make sure you don’t pay sales tax.

Not all items in every case, or in every state, are exempt. below is a list of the highlights for each state, and links to the official listings for each state’s exempt items.

TENNESSEE - August 1-3

  • Clothing that costs $100 or less per item, and includes school uniforms, art supplies and coats
  • Included will be Computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less
  • Sports and recreational equipment are not exempt

READ MORE | TN Sales Tax Holiday

GEORGIA - August 1-2

  • Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100.00 per item, which excludes Sports and recreational equipment
  • Georgia will also have a second sales tax holiday October 3-5, 2014 for "green" appliances
  • Computers with a sales price of $1,000 or less

READ MORE | GA Sales Tax Holiday

ALABAMA - Friday, August 1 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, August 3 at 12 midnight

  • General clothing items, valued under $100 each, will be exempt from state sales tax. Sport and recreational equipment are not exempt
  • Computers, priced under $750, will be included

READ MORE | AL Sales Tax Holiday

NORTH CAROLINA - No sales tax holiday for 2014. 

  • The provision for the August Sales Tax Holiday was repealed this month.

READ MORE | NO NC Sales Tax Holiday