VERNON, Ala. (WTVA) - It's a tax-free weekend in Alabama as stores stopped charging sales tax on school supplies and more.
This is part of a push to help parents purchase items needed for the start of the new school year.
Cheyenne Wheeler is a mother of two living in Vernon.
She said raising kids is expensive, especially after the difficulties faced with the pandemic.
“It all adds up," said Wheeler. "Clothes, school supplies, I mean, it’s a lot, especially in a time where you may have a job or you may still be on unemployment.”
However, through this weekend, the state of Alabama is holding its Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday.
This exempts all sales tax on things like school supplies, computers, and even clothes.
Along with being a mom, Wheeler also owns her own boutique in downtown Vernon, which she said is reaping the benefits of this weekend.
The sales tax in Alabama is 4%, but in Lamar County, city officials add an additional 5%.
This allows folks in the area to save 9% on all school-related purchases this weekend.
Wheeler said she's expecting to see a few hundred customers in her store and predicts up to one thousand online sales.
“Not even looking at it from a point that it helps us," she said, "but just looking at it from a point that it helps our customers because that’s really what we are excited about.”
Wheeler said her customers will receive double savings in State of Cotton because she coupled the tax holiday savings with her own back-to-school sales.