Need flashlights? Or maybe smoke detectors? Here are all the emergency preparation supplies that you can save money on during this weekend’s sales tax holiday

Texans can save some money while shopping for certain emergency supplies this weekend.

The state comptroller announced that today through midnight Monday some emergency preparation supplies will be tax-free.

Though products of only certain prices can count in the tax free holiday, the comptroller’s website says there is no limit on the number of qualifying items a shopper can purchase.

Here is everything you can and cannot buy tax free this weekend, according to the comptroller’s website.

Qualifying purchases:

Portable generators if less than $3,000

Emergency ladders if less than $300

Hurricane shutters if less than $300

If 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: 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

Purchases that do not qualify:

Medical masks and face masks

Cleaning supplies, such as disinfectants and bleach wipes

Gloves, including leather, fabric, latex and types used in health care

Toilet paper

Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles

Camping stoves

Camping supplies



Extension ladders



Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies

Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

Though online and telephone orders are included in the tax-free weekend, shoppers should know that fees and delivery costs are part of the sales price. So if someone purchases mobile phone batteries online and the shipping cost causes the price to go over $75, the buyer will have to pay the sales taxes.

For purchases made online, as long as someone’s credit card information is entered within the dates of the tax-free weekend, the item can qualify. But if the card is denied and the purchaser doesn’t reenter their information until after the tax-free weekend ends, then they will have to pay the sales tax on the purchase.

The Comptroller’s Office estimates that people will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes this weekend.

“Whether it’s fires, freezing temperatures or tornadoes, severe weather conditions can strike at any time, so it is important that families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in a news release. “This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”

The state Legislature approved the sales tax holiday for emergency supplies in 2015.