The eighth annual Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday across the state. Shoppers are expected to save about $50 million in sales tax over the next three days.
Since the holiday started in 1999, Texas shoppers have saved an estimated $1.7 billion. Many local stores will be extending their hours to accommodate this year's rush.
State Representative Jim McReynolds said, "The items that are eligible are items that are of apparel and footwear, primarily. Rule of thumb is that if you wear it, it's gonna have sales tax forgiveness, if you tote it, it doesn't have sales tax forgiveness."