Tax Free Weekend Starts Friday

by Jacqueline Sit

NewsWest 9

Tax free weekend starts Friday, but NewsWest 9 spoke with several shoppers today, some of them say they'll probably pass and for a good reason.

"It's easier to shop during the week when there's not such a big crowd," one shopper said.

Not every shopper is taking the day off from taxes.

"It is not worth fighting with the crowd at all so just pay the extra and that's it," another customer said.

While some prefer to pay the extra few bucks, others can save a few.  Here's how it works, you don't pay taxes on any clothes less than a hundred dollars.

"It's the busiest time of the year next to Christmas," Ryan Betler, a manager of Academy Sports and Outdoors, said.

It gets so busy at Midland Academy's Sports and Outdoors, they're beefing up their staff.

"We usually employ about 95 to 110, we're going to have anywhere from 130 to 150 staffs.  We even got contractors from San Angelo and Lubbock and extra help to meet our customer's needs," Betler said.

This tax free holiday, there's a few new knick knacks added onto the list.

For the first time, backpacks for elementary school and high school students are on the list.

Shirts, socks and...

"We're looking for some tennis shoes," one customer said.

Now regular shoes are okay, but anything with cleats are not on the list.

Others may hit the stores this weekend; some shoppers are starting their back to school shopping early.

"I just prefer to stay out of the crowds," another customer said.

Now to give you an idea of how much you save, for every one hundred dollars, you'll save 8 dollars. 

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