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Parents head out to save money on tax-free weekend

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Parents looking to save a little cash on back to school supplies took full advantage of the tax free shopping weekend in Alabama.

Since the tax free weekend began Friday night stores have been packed with families looking to save a few extra dollars.  But one man said it's not worth it!

"I didn't want to get caught up in all this traffic," father of two Alfonzo Jones said.

Getting into the parking lot of Walmart in Phenix City was quite challenging.

Alfonzo Jones and his wife did their sons school shopping a week earlier to avoid the tax free weekend rush.

"I mean it's just like a mad house, this whole weekend traffic was just bad on the highway, and Walmart is just over-packed," said Jones.

But the crowds and traffic did not stop Kathy Walker and her grandson G.K. from heading to the stores for the savings.

"I'm hoping to save on everything. The flash-drive would probably be one of the major items to buy; here's just your regular pencils, pens, markers," Walker said.

According to the National Federation of Retail in 2011 families spent on average over $600.00 on clothes, school supplies and electronics.

"Shoes and clothing, all of those things add up to quite a big savings with this tax free holiday.  I expect to save at least $10 to $20," said Walker.

Alabama is waiving the 4% sales tax on many items families need to head back to school. Items that qualify for the sale tax break include clothing under $100, school supplies under $50, books under $30, and computers and computer equipment under $750.

You still have time to get out and get in on the savings. The tax-free weekend ends Sunday at midnight.

Next week,  starting August 10th Georgia's tax free weekend will begin.

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