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How Much Could You Save During Tax-Free Weekend?

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If you shop this weekend, you won't have to pay state sales tax on back-to-school purchases on things like clothing, school supplies and shoes.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If you shop this weekend, you won't have to pay state sales tax on back-to-school purchases on things like clothing, school supplies and shoes.

"With school supplies, clothes and back-to-school shoes, it gets expensive," says Suzie Wheeler, who has several kids.

This weekend, families in the Ozarks will be able to save some cash because school supplies and other back to school necessities will be tax-free.

"Pretty much everything in office supplies," says Staples Sales and Service Manager Heidi Lannon.  "Anything from pencils, pencil sharpeners, backpacks, crayons, all our core office supply items and also software purchases like Microsoft and Windows programs."

We did the math for someone needing to buy a book bag, pens, scissors and a spiral notebook. Today, all of those items would cost $80.15 at Staples, but if you wait until the tax free weekend they would be $74.79. That means you'd save $5.66.

"Right off the bat a little less than ten percent savings is what they're going to see," Lannon says.

"By the time you buy shoes, backpacks, crayons and paper, it saves quite a bit," says Wheeler.

The tax-free holiday weekend even covers computer purchases up to $3,500.

"Say they spend $1,000, you're talking about $80 in savings just on that purchase," Lannon says.  "If it's a family that needs that $80 for something else, that would almost pay for their school supplies like notebooks, pencils and pens."

The tax free weekend is something people across the Ozarks feel is worth the wait.

"I don't know about computers," says Shopper Michelle Vickers. "But the expensive things I need, I'll probably hold off for that."

Many cities across Missouri have opted out of the sales tax-free weekend, meaning you will still have to pay city and county taxes, but state sales tax will still be exempt.

Tax-free weekend will begin at midnight Friday and goes through Sunday.

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