Since the Missouri Tax Free Weekend is upon us, legions of people will bombard the aisles of our local stores to pick up (among other things) school supplies. I will be one of them. And, I must say that I am mystified by some of the things on the school supply lists. Sure, I understand the need for pencils, pens, notebooks and that kind of stuff. But, there is a mystery on the list I will never understand: an unbelievable amount of Kleenex tissues.

For what it's worth, here's a list of things that (according to the Missouri Dept of Revenue website) qualify for tax-free:

The MISSOURI sales tax exemption is limited to:

  • Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
  • Personal computers – not to exceed $3,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $3,500

Now, back to the mysterious inclusion of Kleenex on the school supply lists.  When I was a kid, I had some pencils, notebooks and an Evel Knievel lunchbox and I was good to go.  Now, my kids are each required to have 1300 boxes of Kleenex (slight exaggeration).

I decided to ask my mother why she thinks that Kleenex are now a required item on all school supply lists.  She had the most reasonable answer I've heard so far.  Her response?  "Having a ton of Kleenex around would have been handy when I used to look at your report card".

Thanks Mom. I can't argue with that kind of logic.