Tax-free weekend gives back-to-school shoppers a late start

Lynn Torres, Assistant Superintendent LISD
Lynn Torres, Assistant Superintendent LISD

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Tax-free weekend is rapidly approaching, and this year is a little different.  This is because it falls at the same time as back to school.

"The challenge this year is that the state comptroller also decides when tax-free weekend is. And, I'm sure she's put that on the third weekend in August for the same weekend as we're starting school, on the fourth Monday, is to protect the tourism industry", said Lynn Torres, LISD Assistant Superintendent.

Lufkin ISD says determining when school starts is out of their hands, but they're sure parents will still be out shopping.

"The challenge for retailers is going to be having essentially two waves of product for the consumer to buy", said Torres.

"It increases, incremental, our sales for that weekend because people are definitely looking for that break, for that extra break, that they deserve. And, that they need to be able to make a great opportunity to shop for some good bargains", said Target store manager, Kris Hoephner.

In merging back to school with tax free weekend into the same time frame, stores are planning for shoppers to be in full effect.

"It's pretty exciting because it will be at the last minute. We will be literally at the last minute. Guests will be looking for a lot of great deals", said Hoephner.

"I try to avoid getting out that weekend, sometimes, because it's crazy. But, it is good if it's on the same weekend. A lot of stores compete, you know, and try to get better prices so you can kind of shop around and save", said Beth Squires, a mom of three.

If they were given the choice, customers and retailers agree it may be beneficial to separate back to school and tax-free weekend.

"We would like for it to be a little earlier, perhaps, so that guests haven't made their buying decisions all the way up until that last weekend. But, we'll still have some great selections available for them at that time", said Hoephner.

"It gets so crazy and busy. And, there's so many people that try to do it all at the same time. So they wait, you know, for back to school, getting school supplies. It's easier when it's split up a little bit", said Squires.

Target has many products on sale, and plenty of uniforms in stock for the big spending weekend.

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