Wisconsin's first sales tax holiday begins August 1

Ohio to have a sales-tax holiday

Ohio to have a sales-tax holiday

Waiting for the tax-free weekend to save a few bucks often means battling crowds of people who all want to save money on school supplies at the same time.

The list of tax-exempt items includes: ice packs, most batteries, portable radios, duct tape, notebook paper, diapers and light bulbs. Another tip: Hollenbeck says look for discounts and coupon availability on certain items. You can print it and take it with you - so you don't get any surprises at checkout.

It's been advertised as beneficial for back-to-school shopping, but it's more than that. "It's going pretty good", she said.

People could purchase items such as clothing, shoes, and school and arts supplies that cost $100 or less with no sales tax.

According to the Florida Retail Federation's national partners, the National Retail Federation, the average Florida family is expected to spend $684.79 this "holiday", which is down slightly from $687.72 last year (maybe because computers aren't on the bill this year).

The tax exemption applies to parents' back-to-school shopping for their kids, and for teachers stocking their classrooms.

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"They're losing a ton of money when they do this", Lumley said.

Back-to-school shopping doesn't have to put the squeeze on mom and dad's budget - if they shop during the sales tax holiday.

Jermaine McClendon: "The more that you buy, the more you save throughout the year".

Kohls, Walmart and Best Buy will be three of the most shopped stores in OH during the sale, according to BlackFriday.com. Pinson said the mall will be running other promotions this weekend as well.

As a new school year nears, three of the four-states will be participating in tax-free weekend this weekend.

Joy Troyer of Elida, shops for school supplies for her children at Meijer in Lima.

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