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Florida Sales Tax Holiday 2016: Maximize your savings

Posted at 10:02 AM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 10:02:34-04

Fifth grader Sophia Brescia has her school supply list in her hand. "A lot of erasers, a lot of books and folders."

So does her sister Briana who will be in fourth grade this year. "Crayons, color pencils, a lot of folders."

Their mom Rocio Brescia is in search of school supply deals-- but she decided to shop before the Florida Sales Tax Holiday began.

"We just want to avoid the crowds. We are fine, shopping early, that's fine," Brescia said.

The Brescia family may be sitting out the tax free weekend, but thousands of shoppers are expected to be taking advantage of a chance to buy school supplies tax free.

For 3 days, you'll get a break from sales tax on school supplies-- up to $15 per item. Clothing and shoes will be tax free-up to $60 each.

But this year the tax-free weekend does not include personal computers and electronics.
 
Experts say you can maximize your savings by using coupons and taking advantage of buy-one-get-one free sales.

But for the Brescia family, the peace of mind that comes from shopping early is an even better deal. "It's OK, we want to avoid the crowds since I have to shop with them I worry too much too many people out. We just want a peaceful shopping experience."

The Back-To-School sales tax holiday began Friday at 12:01 a.m. It ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 7th.

For a list of items that are tax free this weekend, click here.