Stores across Alabama are packed as families try to save money before school starts. Friday morning was the start of the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday.
For moms and dads they say the tax free weekend is saving them hundreds of dollars. They say the holiday gets an A+ in their book, in more ways than just their pocket book.
"If it wasn't for the tax free weekend it would be incredibly difficult to gather all these supplies," says Ruth Soler who we caught shopping on Friday.
Soler piled up on the school supplies. She has three children headed back to school this month. She says the cost can quickly add up. But thanks to the tax free weekend, she's also seeing a plus in her savings. "For three different children going to three different schools and in three different grades, it is a challenge in itself to get supplies. So the tax free weekend is essential to my back to school shopping for them.
Not only is she a full time mom she is also a full time student. So for her family every bit of savings helps.
"I remember when we didn't have tax free weekend. It made it a challenge," says Soler.
"We put this off knowing it was tax free weekend and just kind of waiting," said Bubba Bateman who is also back to school shopping.
Bateman's daughter is starting a new adventure, eading off to college. For his daughter a laptop is a necessity. With that big ticket purchase, the Batemans wanted to take full advantage of the 10 percent cut in cost.
"We are hoping so. We did on stuff for our son last year. We are hoping to save a couple hundred dollars."
It's not just financial blessings people are grateful for, many say this tax free weekend helps every student get the school year started off right.
"It helps the transition. I remember being in school and it was intimidating when you showed up and you didn't have all your supplies. The teacher gives you are hard time, your peers give you a hard time. It starts your children off right to be able to have everything for them and the tax free weekend I think really maximizes the potential for students to start off right," said Soler.
Target is also using this time to help out children. For every target brand school supply purchased, the company will match it. Target will donate the same supply to the Kids in Need Foundation. Officials tell WSFA it will help children locally. Target will donate up to $25 million in supplies.
Tax exempt items include:clothing ($100 or less), computers and software ($750 or less per item), school supplies ($50 or less per item), and Books ($30 or less per book).
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