Is tax free weekend worth the wait so late this year?

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Tax free weekend hits as kids prepare to go back to school this year. Parents find themselves shopping early, ensuring their kids get supplies, while looking for sales.

"Being here early affords me the security in knowing I'll get the products before the mad rush," says shopper, Miya Smith.

Smith is a mom of three. She says getting their supplies is imperative while saving as much as possible.

"I'm finding some good deals. Already though, unfortunately, they're already out of some of the products," said Smith.

A Target manager tells us, she's not the only parent shopping early.

"It's been up and down, especially in the evening time when the guests get off from work. And, crowds have been a lot heavier than normal. It's almost like Christmas time," said Target assistant manager, Angela Sowders.

"I think any penny saved by a parent is a penny earned. It surely puts parents in a real awkward position, waiting to the last minute if supplies are there," said Lufkin ISD Superintendent, Roy Knight.

Knight says having school supplies on the first day of school is a hallmark of a child's back to school experience. Parents shop early to keep the kids smiling.

"The last thing a student wants to do is to come to school without their supplies," said Knight.

"When we're doing all the fun stuff, with our coloring and stuff, we won't be able to do it. We'll have nothing to do," said third grader, Charlize McHenry.

Parents may not get as many deals this year, as they decide whether to shop early or wait for tax free deals. Knight says tax free weekend hits schools this year, also.

"It's loss net revenue to the state in a time when schools have already made substantial reductions in loss of revenue ourselves," said Knight.

Tax free sales begin Friday and last through Sunday.

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