Do you remember when Texas froze? Well, something good came out of it.
It's not a huge thing, but after ERCOT failed Texas a tax-free weekend was set up for emergency supplies. Preparedness is always a good thing, and next Friday through Sunday (April 23rd through 25th) you can get certain items tax-free.
Here's a listing of items from the Texas Comptroller's office:
These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price:
- Less than $3000
- Portable generators
- Less than $300
- Emergency ladders
- Hurricane shutters
- Less than $75
- Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
- Can openers - nonelectric
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
- Fire extinguishers
- First aid kits
- Fuel containers
- Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
- Ice products - reusable and artificial
- Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated)
- Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
- Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
- Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios
- Smoke detectors
- Tarps and other plastic sheeting
Now let's be honest. You probably have all of the hatchets you need, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to add or replace some smoke detectors. Battery-powered radios will help you through a jam more than you think. If you have a first aid kit at the house, you may always want to check and make sure it's still fully stocked (because we all tend to raid those piece by piece).
Personally, I've found this to be the best time to stock up on batteries. You can never have enough batteries. I can also tell you that the peace of mind that comes with having a generator is pretty awesome. You have to keep that phone charged, among other things.