Money saving tips for tax free weekend

Money saving tips for tax free weekend

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LUBBOCK -

Tax free weekend starts Friday and runs through the weekend.

You can save money on most shoes, clothing and school supplies.

Although the lines may be long, the savings can be worth it. Especially because the average consumer will spend $685 on back to school shopping, per kid, this year.

Jeffrey Nicholas, owner of Nicholas Financial advises shoppers to budget before going to the store.

"You don't have to have the name brand of this particular item if you can save ten or fifteen cents," Nicholas said. "You know you think about it if something fifty cents cheaper and I have four kids, that's two dollars I could save, which may not seem like a lot, but hey, that's a gallon of gasoline."

According to Nicholas, to save a couple hundred bucks, be patient.

"Deloitte's recent back to school survey showed that shoppers who purchased supplies later actually saved hundreds of dollars as opposed to buying them early," Nicholas added.

He said to keep the kids at home so they don't sneak in the cool patterned folders and notebooks, and even look at online prices.

"Amazon is a good place to go to to look at because it's simple, it's easy and if you're a prime member with the free shipping, you know get it delivered right here to the Amazon store in Lubbock if you need to," he suggested.

As kids get older, supplies can get more expensive. Nicholas suggests looking into refurbished computers and surface pads. And most stores will price match online prices, so do your research.

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

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