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Parents hit stores for back-to-school shopping

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

It’s almost time to go back-to-school which means it’s time for parents to start buying school supplies.

Tennessee’s tax-free holiday begins Friday morning, July 28, at 12:01 a.m. and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 30. Many parents will take advantage of the savings and stock up on school supplies this weekend.

Clothing, school and art supplies that cost less than $100 per item are tax free.

You won’t have to pay tax on computers that cost less than $1,500 either.

Many retailers have extra merchandise on the shelves for Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday.

READ MORE | Tennessee's Sales Tax Holiday July 28-30

Some expect the crowds to be even bigger this year because Georgia officials decided not to have a tax-free weekend which could mean more people coming to Tennessee to shop.

Some parents say they’re shopping early this year to beat the crowds.

“I knew it would be crazy and crowded so I don't mind paying the taxes. The store is empty and it’s nice,” said mother of two, Marsha Goldberg.

Goldberg bought all of the supplies on her kids’ school lists on Thursday.

She admits the costs can add up quickly.

Channel 3 took a third grade supply list and bought everything on it. The supplies added up to just over $100 dollars. Parents say it can get expensive and school supplies can take a big bite out of the family budget.

Stores like Goodwill will also participate in the sales tax holiday but clothing there is always tax-free. You’ll notice the additional savings this weekend at Goodwill on books, backpacks and furniture for kids heading off to college.

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