Tax-Free shopping for back to school!

Largo, FL -- Thousands of stores are making sure they are fully prepared for the Florida's tax-free weekend.

According to research firm Deloitte, parents plan to spend less money this year. Parents of children in grades K-12 plan to spend $370, which is down 38% from last year.

Parents of college kids plan to spend $787 -- which is down 13 percent -- and about a quarter of shoppers admit they will procrastinate and won't finish your shopping until after school starts.

The Target store in Largo is ready for shoppers who are taking advantage of the tax free holiday. Logistics manager Mackensie Hassee admits that it is a big task, but her store is getting some big business.

"It's a very busy time. We are getting some heavy freight in... which is really great, and just in time for our tax-free weekend, we're getting it stocked and ready," said Hassee.

If you plan to shop this weekend, you will find everything from your everyday school supplies like pens, pencils, binders, folders and notebooks to school uniforms and other clothing. Some bigger ticket items like laptops and iPads are included too. Thousands of items are all tax-free.

Arrow Woodard and her two sons are taking advantage of getting an early start on school supplies.

"Definitely clothes, new sneakers and that sort of thing," said Woodard. "I usually I get too eager to get back and get it done, so this year I wanted to make sure we had it ready to go."

Not only did Arrow get a jump start on the tax-free savings, she is teaching her sons to give back.

"I know that the teachers can use everything that is brought in, and there's a lot of kids at our school that can't bring what they need to school, so we bring stuff for them too," said Woodard.

Target is also giving back. As part of Target's "Together we Give Back" program, when shoppers buy certain items, Target will donate that same school supply to a child in need.

The tax-free holiday goes from Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd.

Here is the list of tax-exempt clothing

Here is the list of tax-exempt school supplies

Here is the list of tax-exempt computer items

If you are buying items online, here is some advice from the Department of Revenue.

10 News is partnering with Walgreens to help Bay Area teachers... and we need your help too. Just purchase a few extra school supplies at your local Walgreens store and donate them at the register. 10 News is going to deliver Teacher's Toolboxes to staff at 10 elementary schools.

We'll be targeting schools in low-income neighborhoods where teacher's tend to need the most help.

More Info: Help fill a Teacher's Toolbox


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