Tax-free weekends help in our economy

By: Samantha Andre Email
By: Samantha Andre Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, July 30, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Tax-free holidays are happening in both Georgia and South Carolina this weekend.

Regenia Holmes remembers tax-free weekend last year.

"Rush, rush, bustle, bustle, line, line," is how she describes it.

That's why she's shopping early this year for her four girls.

"It's good for those that have multiple [kids] like I do but I just don't wanna go through the aggravation of it," she said.

Priscilla Ray also hopes to miss the crowds, but says she'll go through them to save that seven percent.

"Every little bit counts. I'm a first year teacher so...I have to save money any way I can," she said.

She's doing her homework, comparing store prices, before she makes her final purchases.

"Anthony Frost has his Staples employees stocking up for a busy weekend. He says in today's economy, people are looking to save anyway they can.

"I'm sure a lot of people have been waiting around and trying to adjust their budgets where they can save some money during the tax-free event, " said Frost.

It's not just parents buying school supplies who will save this weekend. Anyone can take advantage since some clothes and even computers are tax-free.

In Georgia, clothes have to be $100 or less. In South Carolina, there's no limit.

"Probably about fifty percent of our notebooks right now are on sale," said Best Buy Manager Orvin Smith.

Best Buy is having special sales to attract customers, on top of tax savings.

In Georgia, you can spend up to $1500 in a single purchase on a computer and accessories.

In South Carolina, there is no limit.

"You're still gonna need things for your kids to go back to school so why not take advantage of saving an extra 7% you normally wouldn't save," Smith.

And if you spent that $1500, that's more than $100 you won't have to pay in tax.

Georgia's sales tax holiday starts Thursday. South Carolina's starts Friday. Both end Sunday.


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