Back to school is less than a month away! This means your social media feeds will soon be overrun by proud parents showcasing their kids for back-to-school! However, many of us may not realize that these pictures come with so much information that could be used for bad things.

The Carver County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota posted these safety tips...

Back-to-school photos often reveal personal information about your child. School name, grade, age, and identifying features, etc. - these can all be used by predators and scammers.

No matter your privacy setting or friends, it’s best to keep personal information to a minimum.


This year’s sale tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 11, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 13. That timing doesn't really make sense for us here, since Victoria Independent School District's first day of school is on Wednesday, August 9th.

Save the sales tax on school supplies, clothes, and more. For a complete list of what you CAN buy clothes-wise tax-free just click here. This list comes straight from the Texas Tax Comptroller's Office. When it comes to school supplies remember, only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday.


Only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday.

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  • Binders
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders – expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Index card boxes
  • Kits*
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers (including dry erase markers)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper – loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets


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During the sales tax holiday, you can buy most footwear and clothing (sold for less than $100) tax-free. You do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate.

The exemption applies to each eligible item sold for less than $100, and there is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can buy.


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During the sales tax holiday, student backpacks sold for less than $100 are exempt from tax.

The exemption includes backpacks with wheels and messenger bags. You can buy up to 10 backpacks tax-free at one time without giving an exemption certificate to the seller.


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