DALLAS-- The state's annual sales tax holiday may not be a true holiday on the calendar, but a lot of families treat it that way -- and so do stores. Some are even offering extended hours just like they do during the Christmas season.
Shoppers were just beginning to stream into the Walmart store at Northwest Highway and Skillman Friday morning.Over a three-day period, back-to-school shopping for clothes and most school supplies are sales tax-free -- as long as they cost less than $100 for each item.
The National Retail Federation estimates families with grade school kids will spend around $600 filling those school lists. During the tax-free weekend, Texas families stand to save $8 for every $100 they spend.
Shoppers were taking advantage of the savings and the ways stores tried to make the process easier by clearly labeling what's tax-free and what's not.
Even shoppers who haven't always shopped during a tax-free weekend say finding ways to cut costs is important.
'I'm assuming we're going to be spending at least 70 and 90 dollars per kid,' said Teresa Brentegani, who has two boys, ages 7 and 8. 'And that'sjust for the supplies. I'm not talking about jerseys or uniforms or anything.'
The state comptroller estimates shoppers will save about $83 million in local sales tax during the entire weekend. You don't have to head to the store to get the tax savings, though. Many items are available online too.
Experts said it's a good idea to try and compare prices to save even more money.
'Have a game plan,' said Walmart spokesperson Molly Blakeman.
'Know what you need and know where to go. We made it really easy for customers this year. We have school supply lists online.'