Back to School Shopping

Tax Relief for Back to School Shopping

By WEEK Reporter
By Denise Jackson

August 3, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2010 at 8:51 PM CDT

Back to school shopping can put a strain on a family's budget.
A survey by the National Retail Federation says an average family will spend more than 600-dollars on school supplies with most of it going toward clothing.
But a state sales tax holiday kicking off this weekend will provide a little bit of relief for families.

Lori Knowles realizes how expensive this time of year can be.
She is both a parent and teacher. The mother of two boys says she spends about 600 dollars a year on back to school clothes and supplies.

"Usually at this time of year I find that you can get better savings with the spiral notebooks, pocket folders, things like that, Knowles said.

Knowles is not waiting for Illinois' back to School Sales Tax Holiday which starts Friday. She is among several residents scooping up cheap school items here inside this Target Store in Peoria. Beginning Friday residents will be able to get a five percent discount on school supplies and 100-dollar clothing purchases. Target employee David McMillen says already discounted prices will be even cheaper.

"It'll help the consumer a lot during that 5-percent tax holiday, with our low prices as well it'll help all over," he said.

At a time when money is tight, the National Retail Federation suggests one-stop-shopping for all back to school items...stocking up on supplies that are dirt cheap and taking care of apparel to ensure longer wear.
One shopper says despite the state's sales tax holiday she is skipping it.

"I really believe that the state needs my tax dollars. So personally my husband and I are in a good financial situation so we're able to do it and if it helps the state then we're happy to do so," said shopper Jera Deal.

The state sales tax holiday begins Friday and continues until August 15th.

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