Shoppers and Retailers Hope to Benefit from Sales Tax Holiday

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By Ellis Eskew

It's that time of year for back to school shopping. And parents, teachers, students and retailers are hoping this tax free weekend will make a big difference.

The East Chase Target was bustling Saturday as shoppers tried to snag those back to school deals. With the 4 percent sales tax waived, it was something parent and teacher Jackie Jones wanted to take advantage of.

 "Saves money. We are all working families. We got to save every dollar," said Jones.

Jones has 3 children in different schools and she also is a teacher herself. She says has a lot on her to do list.

"This is going to be a full day. We had breakfast early. We'll be getting lunch out. We're going to make a day of it," said Jones.

Casey Smith is an avid coupon shopper. She's ready to rack up the deals as well for everything she has to buy.

 "Everything. We're doing clothes. We're doing school supplies. No backpack. We've got that covered," said Smith.

Parents say the tax holiday helps save them money. And for retailers, they say they hope the added sales will attract more back to school shoppers. That's why Dollar General is rolling out deals as well.

"In addition to the tax free weekend, we also have great deals on-line and in stores. So this week, for example, if you spend 10 dollars in school supplies you get a pack of solar paper for a penny," said Dollar General spokesperson Crystal Ghassmi.

Even though it may be a little crowded, shoppers we talk to say it's worth their time.

 "I have my sisters, my mother, a child....it's a party!" said Jones.

The tax free weekend runs until midnight Sunday night.

For a complete list of cities and counties participating, click here.

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