Tax free weekend has officially started - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Tax free weekend has officially started

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Tax-free weekend kicked off one minute after midnight Friday, now it's officially in full swing and stores across the state are expecting record crowds.

This is the 13th year for this consumer holiday. It means you can buy all sorts of things from school supplies to clothes without paying the tax.

The South Plains Mall says this is the busiest weekend of the year. They expect 150,000 people to pass through. Typically they see 120,000.

The sales tax break runs through Sunday and applies to items that cost less than $100. Comptroller Susan Combs predicts that shoppers will save more than $62 million in state and local sales taxes this weekend.

So how much are you really saving?

"Saving a little bit. Obviously $8 on every hundred dollars," said tax-free shopper, Jennifer Ranger.

Jennifer Ranger and Natalie Weaver headed out early Friday morning to beat the crowds.

"I bought some BKE jeans from the Buckle and then I brought a really cute outfit from Buckle for school," said Weaver.

Weaver is just starting High School as a freshman so she says she has to have the latest trends.

"A lot of the shawls are in and scarves," said Weaver.

For Ranger that means shelling out the dough, which is why saving anything matters at this point.

"Schools supplies are expensive when you are shopping for three children," said Ranger.

Nicole Terrell also has three children and says every little bit helps.

"We are off of to get some Kakis and polo's," said Terrell.

Her son Tracy is just starting Kindergarten. She says every six months he changes sizes, so it gets expensive.

"I bought three pair of shoes with blue squiggles," said Tracy Terrell.

Clothes are not the only items flying off the shelves, so are school supplies.

"It's been a long time for me to shop for school supplies so everything seems different," said Tax-Free shopper, Dirk Fowler.

Fowler is checking off his sons' lists consisting of notebooks, pens, pencils and backpacks. He says luckily they are all tax-free.

"We're moving my son down to Austin today. It just kind of happened that way. We're going to enjoy the savings," said tax-free shopper, Lola Windisch.

Windisch bought more than $800 worth of school items. So how much did she save?

"50 dollars I'll take it," said Windisch.

Most of the stores will have extended hours this weekend.

For more information on this tax free weekend you can click here to see a list of items that will be exempt and other information.

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