Texans take advantage of tax free weekend

Shoppers will save about $107 million dollars

VICTORIA, Texas – On Friday, August 6, Greg Abbott urges Texans to take advantage of the first day of tax free weekend.

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates shoppers will save at least $107 million dollars or more in state and local taxes.

In a public service announcement his office released, the Governor also encouraged more Texans to get vaccinated.

Victoria’s local Academy Sports and Outdoors store made sure they were prepared and fully stocked with back to school clearance items, such as backpacks, shoes, clothing, and face masks.

While shopping for her family, one local mother said she was glad to see that local stores were not as crowded this time around.

“The sales are nice, you can save a lot of money if you’re hitting the sales. I’m glad it’s not as busy as it normally is, it seems this year. So that was nice also,” said Mendy Garcia.

This year, what Garcia was looking forward to the most was saving on school shoes for her kids.

“I’m excited to find some clearance shoes because my kids are so hard on shoes going back to school. So that will be nice,” she admitted.

Even with the uniqueness of a pandemic year, Mendy Garcia says she’s glad financially struggling families will still be able to save on some items this weekend.

“Well I think the better the sales are this year will be nice for the families who were out of work during the pandemic,” she said.

Academy Sports and Outdoors had a lot of apparel items on sale and most backpack prices were slashed in half.

The last day to take advantage of tax-free weekend sales will be on Sunday, August 8.

Here’s a list of qualified items valued at $100 or less which might have a tax exemption.

Click here to find a local Texas vaccine provider.

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