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Stock up for school, tax-free

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BRANDON (FOX 13) -

Cathy Brush and her two daughters have some big shopping plans this weekend. They're going to check off their entire back-to-school shopping list.

"What better time to do it than tax-free weekend? Save a little extra money and everything seems to be on sale, we're excited," Brush said.

When the clock struck 12:01 a.m., the state's sales tax holiday officially kicked off. That means you can pick up clothes, shoes and some accessories selling for $75 or less without those pesky extra fees. Common school supplies costing $15 or less are tax-free too.

"Gets us in the spirit of going back to school and we're looking forward to it, but I appreciate that they have the tax free weekend because it does add up when you're stocking up," Brush said.

The JC Penney inside the Westfield Brandon Mall expects at least a 30-percent bump in sales this weekend. Store leaders compare it to Black Friday.

They're also offering free haircuts for kids during the month of August to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for families," Connie Lant said. "That seven percent is a great savings for the families in the area, so it's a great deal."

Due to the rush, shoppers are encouraged to arrive early and be patient. Having a plan of attack ahead of time should also make it easier.

"The key is knowing what we need when we get there so we're not doing too much impulse shopping," Brush said.

Florida's sales tax holiday runs for three days, ending just before midnight on Sunday.

See the full tax-free list: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/link/577697/tax-free-school-supply-list

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