TAX FREE: Early Start On Savings

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Many parents will spend the weekend getting their kids ready to go back to class. Iowa’s annual tax free holiday is Friday and Saturday. Clothing and shoes less than $100 are tax free.

People got an early start at some metro stores. The Old Navy stores at Merle Hay Mall and in West Des Moines opened at 7 a.m. Operations Manager Jessica Wichers says, “They refer to this as like Black Friday, kind of like Black Friday’s little sister, except it’s over two days.”

Wichers says they treat the two days like black Friday. Sales during the tax free days are similar to sales the Friday after Thanksgiving. And, staff members aren’t allowed to take time off.

This is Iowa’s 13th tax free holiday. Shoppers won’t pay the sales tax on select clothes and shoes less than $100. Stores also offer extra sales to help shoppers bag even more deals.

Merle Hay Mall’s General Manager Joe Murdock says the tax free weekend has become more competitive with more stores offering extended hours and sales. He says they’re trying to get more people to pick the mall by offering a gift card and I-cubs tickets to shoppers spending $50 or more today and tomorrow. He says, “Since it’s any business that’s open has to participate from the government, so we have to do some things that are a little different.”

And, since the tax free weekend has become more competitive, shopping experts say to price compare to find the best deal. Also, look at store’s websites and Facebook pages before shopping. You may find a coupon to help you save even more cash.

Click here for a list of tax free items.