• Florida's tax-free weekend can save parents hundreds on school supplies

    By: Jessie McDonough


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Parents if you still haven't gotten your child's school supplies, you are going to want to wait until Friday, because the three-day tax-free holiday weekend.

    Parents shopping on Thursday at Walmart on Beach Boulevard told Action News they always wait until tax-free weekend for their back to school shopping because they save $40, $50 or even $100.

    "It's pretty long there are probably about 25 items on it," Kelly Zaffuto said of the supply list.

    The start of school is less than three weeks away in Duval County and those supply lists can really add up.

    “I probably spend $1,000,” said Ellen Kardon.

    That’s why most parents wait until tax-free holiday weekend to do their school shopping

    "My sister goes shopping only during tax-free dollar time," said guidance counselor Regina Fields.

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    "We see around 8,000 customers Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said Walmart store manager Kenny Weeks.

    Action News grabbed five back to school items, which are usually $6.35, but without the tax, you are going to save 45 cents.

    The savings can really add up on some of your bigger ticket school supplies like computers. The computers and computer accessories will be tax free as well Friday, Saturday and Sunday and that's up to $750 dollars.

    And school clothes which are tax-free up to $100. Parents say the tax-free weekend ensures their kids can study in style without breaking the bank

    "I probably save at least $100,” Kardon said.

    Many retail stores are also having additional promotional savings during the tax-free weekend. Walmart, for instance, is offering a rollback of up to $10 off on some items.

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