How much can you save during sales tax holiday weekend? - WSMV Channel 4

How much can you save during sales tax holiday weekend?

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Back-to-school is just around the corner, and school supply lists are already posted. The Sales Tax Holiday weekend isn't until Aug. 2, but we wondered just how much you would save by shopping then.

Channel 4 headed to Target and shopped for items found on a typical third grader's school supply list.

We looked for the items that will be tax-free that weekend, including necessities like crayons, glue, notebook paper and even calculators.

During the tax holiday, shoppers will not pay sales tax on supplies under $100, clothing under $100 and computers under $1,500. You can even buy clothes and shoes without paying the sales tax.

Items that won't be tax-free include computer accessories and cell phones.

And you don't have to be a student or the parent of a student to take part in the deals.

But some parents say they don't want to wait for the tax holiday, especially because it takes place after many districts begin classes.

"I just don't like to put it off. I am afraid the closer we get to school, they are going to run out of the supplies. And I am not a procrastinator. I like to get things ahead of time," said shopper Larissa Polkowski.

So how much did we end up paying? After grabbing each of the required supplies, plus a couple of necessary items like a backpack and lunchbox, both of which will be tax free as well, the grand total was just over $71.

If we had waited a couple of weeks for the Sales Tax Holiday, we would have saved about $6. And for many families on a budget, any savings is a big help.

The tax-free weekend is set for Aug. 2 to 4, and for more information, visit: http://tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday/.

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