Shoppers take advantage of tax free weekend

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 7/26/2013 6:36 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Sales Tax Holiday is back and families are taking advantage of the discount before school is back in session.

"If you've got more than one child, you're getting ready for school and you spend under $100, then you've saved a little bit," said shopper Barbara McKinney.

The tax free weekend only applies to clothing and shoes as long as it's $100 or under per item.

For Danita Cartwright, it's still worth it. "I think it's fun to see what you can find and see what kind of bargains you can get," she said. "Every bit of money you can save is money that can help your family."

Reed's Department Store manager Claude Clayton said they always prepare for the no tax weekend by bringing in more employees, fully stocking the shelves and offering the entire store tax free.

"It's a lot more like a Christmas Season-type weekend," he said. "It's the busiest weekend of the summer for us."

And they're not the only ones having to prepare. Mall security gets ready for this event by bringing in more guards to patrol the building, but mall officer Richard Carlton said it's not nearly as bad as Black Friday.

"It's pretty easy," Carlton said. "I think most people are getting ready for back to school, and I think that's the big event...them just buying stuff for their children to go back to school."

Although the sales tax holiday occurs a few weeks ahead of the school year, it doesn't include school supplies, like backpacks, pencils, pens or paper.

It also excludes accessories like jewelry, handbags and purses, but the exclusions don't stop the shoppers from shopping.

"The economy needs every break it can get," McKinney said.

"I think every bit helps," Danita Cartwright. "That's money you can put towards something else."

If you aren't able to shop during Mississippi's no tax weeks, Alabama's Sales Tax Holiday for school-related items runs August 2-4 and allows savings on certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing.

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