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Families save big over tax free holiday weekend - Dothan Eagle: News

Families save big over tax free holiday weekend

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Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 9:07 pm

Gloria Wright traveled from Ozark to Dothan to take advantage of the tax free holiday and sales saving over $200.

Wright stocked up on clothing and supplies for her two children shopping Saturday at three Dothan stores.

“I came expecting to spend over $600, and I only spent around $400,” Wright said. “If you’re trying to save some money this was the time to do it. You can’t beat those savings."

Wright said she returned to Dothan Sunday for more shopping and savings with her children. On Sunday she found some good deals buying five or six outfits for her infant nephew, Brycen Walker, for around $60 at Old Navy.

“We’re going to pretty much hit the same stores today since we got such good deals,” Wright said. “We went to Old Navy, and now we’re going to Shoe Carnival and then to Kmart.”

Wright purchased back to school clothes for her two children, 6-year-old Saniya Wright and 9-year-old Zytavious Wright.

Parents who wanted to get a break on costs for school supplies and clothing could take advantage of a statewide sales tax free weekend.

Area stores also ran some of their own sales in conjunction with the tax free holiday weekend.

Nina Stephens, the service and training manager at Old Navy, said they had two sales running in conjunction with the tax free holiday weekend. One sale she referred to as the uniform sale, which offered polo style shirts for $5 and khaki pants for $10. Stephens also said they offered five kids T-shirts for $5.

“Our sales have been insane the last the two days, and I’m sure it will be the same today,” Stephens said.

The sales tax holiday was intended to make buying school supplies less burdensome to families. The holiday exempts the following from sales taxes: clothing priced at $100 or less; school supplies valued at $50 or less; books that cost $30 or less; computers and computer equipment with a selling price of $750 or less.

According to the Alabama Retail Association, 16 states have back-to-school sales tax holidays with all but Mississippi holding their tax holidays in August. Eleven states had tax holidays on the same weekend as Alabama, including Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

Nell Carter traveled to Dothan from Graceville, Florida, with her 8-year-old daughter, Kylie Carter, for some back to school shopping. Carter said they found the tax free holiday weekend quite helpful.

“It makes it more affordable for parents to be able to put their kids back in school. I think it keeps the shops going too,” Carter said as she carried several shopping bags. “We got a real good deal for two pairs of shoes at Shoe Carnival, and Old Navy had good prices on jeans too.”

Courtney Price traveled from Eufaula to Dothan to buy back to school items for her 10-year-old daughter, Sophie Price, a rising fifth grader in Eufaula. Price said they took advantage of the tax free holiday and some of the weekend sales to buy some jeans, shirts and shoes for Sophie’s upcoming school year.

“I think it helps people save money,” Price said. “At one store I think I may have saved about 30 bucks.”