I was born in August some years ago.  Rather than just celebrate a day or week, I celebrate my whole birth month.  Granted, the celebration has changed drastically from when I was knee high to a grasshopper.  I no longer go all out for a day, but rather celebrate on a lower scale for 30 days.  Some of those celebrations include taking advantage of sales tax holidays, buying deeply discounted items and a nice al fresco dinner with the family.  I am getting older!

Ohio is a great state for many reasons.  One of which is, it offers a sales tax holiday the weekend of August 4th.  Items that are exempt from sales tax include: clothing priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less and school instructional materials priced at $20 per item or less.  I am pretty sure whoever enacted this holiday knew my birthday was in August and wanted me to enjoy it that much more.

The best part about this holiday weekend is that it is also a time where a lot of those items are also deeply discounted.  Schools supplies and school-related items are always deeply discounted in August, as everyone makes the last-minute rush to prepare their kids for the upcoming school year. Aside from school related items, there are also great deals on air conditioners, outdoor furniture and even outdoor equipment.

August is a hot month, but also a good month to have a bite to eat outside.  Although most people would not like eating at a restaurant on the Ohio River, I love it!  Around my birthday, I like to go to one of the local marinas to grab a meal along the water.  Aside from being on the boat, having a casual dinner on the river with my family is one of the best ways to close summer.  It sure is a lot cheaper than renting a boat!

Although I don’t yet celebrate the early bird special, I am aging to the point where I enjoy simple money pleasures.  I no longer fawn over the coolest birthday present, but rather the deals I get, the money I saved and the time I get to spend with my family.  So, help me celebrate my birth month by getting great deals, saving money and spending time with your family.