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1. There is no sales tax on clothing/shoes in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, regardless of the cost of each individual item. In New York, each individual item (not grand total purchase) must not exceed $110 to receive a tax break. That said, in most counties, only the state portion (i.e., 4%) is exempt; the local tax may still apply (fortunately for you, all 5 boroughs of NYC are exempt from the local tax; however, at Waterloo Premium Outlets, the local sales tax portion will still apply).
2. If buying items other than clothing, sales tax in NY are the highest – particularly in Buffalo (Erie County) and NYC. Pennsylvania is 6% state-wide, except 7% in Pittsburgh/Allegheny County and 8% within Philadelphia city limits (but still 6% in the surrounding suburban area). New Jersey’s regular sales tax rate is 7%, but here’s the best part: in designated “urban enterprise zones” you pay only 3.5% (half the regular rate) on most items, except for prepared meals, alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, which are always at the regular 7% rate. There are many such cities in the north Jersey metro area, many of which have the usual big box retailers (North Bergen, Jersey City, Bayonne and Elizabeth are particularly good for this). I can’t even begin to list which retailer is in which cities, because there are so many, so you’ll have to check to see if the major store you want to shop at is in one of those cities. The full list can be found on this PDF brochure: http://www.nj.gov/dca/affiliates/uez/publications/pdf/UEZBrochure.pdf
3. If you want to take advantage of the low 3.5% tax in NJ, for shopping malls (remember, though – clothing is tax free anywhere in the state), you can try the Outlet Collection – Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, just off exit 13A from the NJ Turnpike (other side of the Turnpike from EWR airport, and next to the Ikea store) and the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City, near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel.
4. For more upscale suburban malls near NYC (where you can skip the tax on clothing regardless of the individual item price), you can try Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ (closed Sunday due to local blue laws in Bergen County), and if you really want to splurge and go very upscale, try the Mall at Short Hills.
5. If bringing back alcohol is on your list, and you want to skip the ripoff duty-free stores at the border, keep in mind that in NY, you can only buy beer at a supermarket or warehouse club store; wine and spirits must be bought at a privately-owned liquor store. In PA, all alcoholic beverages can only be bought at the commonwealth-owned store (therefore, your worst option among the states you’re traveling through). In NJ, alcoholic beverages are almost always sold in privately-owned liquor stores, and an archaic state law limits a corporation to owning no more than two retail liquor licenses. What does this mean to you? For grocery store brand liquor stores, since Shop-Rite (one of the major supermarket chains in the area) is franchised, you’ll find free-standing Shop-Rite liquor stores throughout the state. But if you wanted to buy your liquor at a warehouse club, and have it sold by the club itself (not from a third-party retailer that leases space next to the main entrance to the store, as in most cases), each of the 3 (Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Sam’s Club) only have 2 locations in NJ that sell it. Near NYC, these include East Rutherford, NJ for BJ’s Wholesale Club; Wayne, NJ or Edison, NJ for Costco; Secaucus, NJ for Sam’s Club. You can buy beer, wine and spirits at those clubs.
6. This one is important: gas prices. Keep this in mind as you plan your refueling. As a general rule, in order from cheapest to highest: New Jersey; Pennsylvania; New York. In fact, New Jersey has some of the cheapest gas prices in the entire country. All of the 3 warehouse club chains have gas stations in the north Jersey metro area, and the best part is, due to NJ state law, anyone can fill up there (no membership required). For PA and NY, you will need a membership. And FYI, there is no self-serve gas in New Jersey; by state law, an attendant has to pump it for you.

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