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Shoppers fill up carts for savings during tax-free holiday

Crowds hit stores for school supplies during tax exempt weekend

POSTED: August 2, 2014 12:23 a.m.
AUDREY WILLIAMS/The Times

The Soto family checks out with Target cashier Beverly Shores during the state's tax-free holiday. The family was stocking up on various school supplies.

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Tax-free weekend is here and parents looking to save money on electronics, clothes and school supplies are hitting stores to get their kids ready for school.

Target on Shallowford Road saw its first wave of shoppers Friday looking to avoid paying the state sales tax on back-to-school items.

“People have been buying multiples of notebooks, pencils, pens, paper,” Target employee Erica Leikvoll said. “The typical school supplies.”

She said she also noticed parents looking through clothing racks, including the selection of uniforms that are discounted for tax-free weekend.

Samantha Basco, a rising senior, combed through those racks after a stop at the mall.

“Before Target I went to the Lakeshore Mall to Express,” Basco said. “My dad gave me his credit card and just told me, ‘Get what you need.’”

Even without a budget, she was still conscious of saving money, combining as many offers as she could with the tax-free discount.

“There were a lot of good sales, and I had coupons, too,” she said.

Denise Vaughan was at Target looking for a new backpack for her high school sophomore, Katie.

“I only shop on tax-free weekend,” Vaughan said. “This is our first stop and I hope to get it all done here.”

Vaughan said shopping this year was easier on the wallet because her three older kids are doing it themselves, but she said she still sympathizes with bigger families.

The Simentals, a family of four, weren’t as excited about shopping all day.

“We have everything almost, except for orange and yellow folders,” said Anna Simental, mother of two boys in elementary school. “I hope I don’t have to go anywhere else. We’ve been out for a while so they’re tired already.”

Although her boys were ready to go home, she said she had no plans of putting off shopping for another day.

“You save a lot more now than if you went any other time,” she said.



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