Tax-free weekend underway in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — By mid-day Friday, the back-to-school section of the Target store at Poplar and Interstate 240  looked like a Christmas sale. Parents were armed with lists and checking them twice

“Folders, crayons, markers, pens, kleenex, hand sanitizer,” said East Memphis mom Metis Koulogianes.

Kids were tagging along. We asked if they were excited about going back to school.

“Yeah, I am ready to see all my friends. School work no, just all my friends. That’s it,” said tenth-grader Johnathon Metcalf.

It’s back-to-school shopping, and on a weekend when you can buy and skip the sales tax, it can be a big help, especially when your list is long.

“For me it will be because I am buying for two students so just to get a break it will be helpful,” said Catina Johnson, a mom from Bartlett.

This is the weekend shoppers in Tennessee can save on certain school supplies and clothes under $100, and even computers under $1,500.

If you still have back to school clothes to buy, then you can really rack up.

“A couple of hundred if you are buying jeans, coats, clothes and school supplies as well. So you can save hundreds if you are smart about it,” said college student Alyssa Jeffrey.

Tennessee’s tax-free weekend runs through Sunday. Then it’s over, and for thousands of students, so is summer break.

“I don’t want to do the work and stuff, but I am getting my last year over with,” said 12th-grader Trinity Jeffrey.

Yep, another school year is here.

Arkansas’ tax-free weekend is also this Saturday and Sunday. Mississippi’s was last weekend.


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