For the folks taking advantage of Florida's tax-free holiday weekend, the math really adds up.
Bay area consumers can load up for the upcoming school year and save a few bucks at the same time. Lisa DeLong is a big fan of the annual occurrence.
"We go school clothes shopping this time of year when it's tax free shopping," DeLong explains. "That way we don't spend so much."
The tax free savings kicked off Friday and ends at midnight Sunday. What is available are most clothing items $75 and under and school supplies $15 and under.
Perfect for DeLong who will be sending her girls back to elementary school in just a couple of weeks.
"It is really good to have especially when you have a budget and you can't spend a whole lot," DeLong says. "In the end it comes to a pretty big amount [of savings]."
Amanda Soto was out taking advantage of the sales on Sunday.
"The more you buy the more you save so we're trying to cash in," she said of her shopping excursion.
A large number of Bay area residents made the cash registers ring in department stores in the Brandon area of Hillsborough County.
Lynne Bright, a sales associate with JC Penney, compares the three-day savings spree to another favorite shopping holiday.
"[It's] kind of like comparable to Black Friday weekend with the number of customers coming through," Bright said Sunday while working a busy register. "It's been very exciting for us."
Locally some retail outlets reported sales increases of more than 30% over last year. Not all that surprising considering a large number of families usually does most if not all their back to school shopping on the tax-free weekend.
The Soto family is one of those.
Amanda Soto: "It is helpful because it does save us this money in this economy and we all get out together and do the shopping together."
Early returns indicate a win-win for both shopper and retailers in the 2012 version of the tax-free holiday weekend.
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