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Shop locally during tax-free holiday

They say that taxes are one of the two inevitable facts of life, but at least we can take a brief break from sales tax this weekend.

Yes, the state’s annual sales tax holiday is back and, from Friday to Sunday, families can save money on most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced less than $100.

Plus, we understand that a lot of local stores will be offering consumers extra discounts and incentives and that should make an ideal shopping weekend even better.

The sales tax holiday weekend in Texas has been an annual event since 1999, and shoppers are expected to save an estimated $78.9 million in state and local sales taxes statewide during the three-day event this year.

The timing couldn’t be better because the back-to-school season is an expensive proposition for many local residents. Outfitting just one child for school takes quite a bankroll, and if you have more than one youngster, you really feel the pain at the cash register.

But by shopping this weekend, local consumers can expect to save about $8 for every $100 they spend, according to the state comptroller’s office. And the savings are available to everyone — even if you don’t need to buy school supplies, you can save on many footwear and clothing items priced less than $100.

There are exceptions, of course, but you can check out lists of qualifying items at our website, or the comptroller’s website at Our website also lists some of those specials we mentioned that are being offered by local merchants.

Retailers large and small are promoting store savings.

“We’re excited about it,” said Matt Ludemann, manager of Golden Triangle Mall in Denton. “It’s always a great weekend to be included in the back-to-school season, and we anticipate strong traffic and strong sales.”

Some shopping centers in the area, like Rayzor Ranch Town Center, have posted deals online that include discounts beyond the tax-free items, and hours will be extended throughout the weekend at Lewisville’s Vista Ridge Mall, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

At Small Fry Children’s Clothing, owner Nancy Cole told us that she’s been letting customers put clothes on hold before purchasing this weekend, and the store will offer special clearances.

“It’s always clearance at this time, but then they get to save the tax, so it seems like that’s quite an incentive for quite a few people,” Cole said. “Of course, they’re going first for school supplies, but we always get a nice amount for the tax-free weekend.”

We encourage local consumers to take advantage of the sales tax-free shopping this weekend, and we recommend that they patronize local businesses.

It pays to shop locally, even on a weekend when you don’t have to pay sales tax, because hometown merchants have an investment in the area just like you do — you can count on them to take care of you and your family throughout the year.