Sales tax holiday begins

By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Alabama's sales tax holiday gets underway begins Friday and runs through Sunday. All weekend, shoppers will be able to buy school supplies, clothing and more tax free and that could mean a big boost in business for stores.

Managers at the Old Navy in Trussville spent the day getting ready for a busy weekend.  With a store full of school uniforms and already discounted kids' clothes, managers are expecting big sales and big crowds.  

"We're starting to get our store prepared, we are making sure all merchandise is out, making sure customers can find what they need easily," says Raynee Jallah at Old Navy.

The Birmingham Bargain Mom for the Birmingham News, Christie Dedman says the tax free weekend can be a great opportunity for shoppers.

"I think it's smart if you are prepared," says Dedman. "If you've got a list of stores you want to go to, if you have a list of things you are going to get, you have coupons you can really save."

Dedman says there are plenty of simple things you can to do stretch your dollar.  For example, register your email with your favorite stores because most will send you additional coupons.  Ask for any in-store coupons that might not be advertised.  Shop with a friend and split up to help each other look for deals and do not forget to check out thrift stores for extra savings.

Shoppers like Tracey Brooks will be taking advantage of all the discounts she can to get her three kids ready to go back to school.  

"We shop tax free weekend every year, because we are buying large amounts of items, so the 20-30 dollars we get off makes a difference," says Brooks.

Store managers hope others will do the same, and the weekend will be a sales success.

The sales tax holiday weekend runs until midnight on sunday.

For a full list of the cities and counties that are participating, and the items included, you can check the 'Seen on TV' section of this website.

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