Shoppers can save during tax free weekend in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Attention shoppers, if you’re looking for some good deals and bargains, it’s tax free weekend in Oklahoma.

A lot of shoppers look forward to this tax break every year, especially as students head back to school.

Our crews talked to some parents who say every penny counts during a tough economy.

Tax free weekend is one of the busiest shopping days of the year next to Black Friday, savings on all clothes and footwear under $100.

Click here fore a list of some of the items that are tax exempt

The state sales tax is 4.5%, combine that savings with retailers offering back-to-school sales and you're saving quite a few bucks.

"There's so many expenses as we head back to school and I think it's wonderful that we have this opportunity as a state to be able to save a little money," said Jeannette Smith, Outlet Shoppes Oklahoma City.

At The Outlet Shoppes in Oklahoma City, some people traveled hours to save on taxes and find those 1/2 off sales.

"Just the good sales that they have going on. I'm not a shopper, didn't want to battle it, but just getting ready for school," said Melissa Hendren, a Pawhuska resident.

Another mom said every penny saved counts.

"It's tough. The economy is not good. We own a small business and we see it every single day. It's not getting better, despite what anybody tells you, it's not getting better. So anything we can do to save, that's what we do, that's why," said Jill Summers.

The economy is even affecting big retailers like Sports Authority, which has filed bankruptcy and Claire's Stores recently announced its $2.4 Billion debt.

Summers said as a business owner, you have to give back.

"You just have to be better than your competition and you have to make your customers feel special," said Summers.

Something she said she feels when getting a tax break once a year in Oklahoma.

Certain items tax exempt this weekend include bathing suits, baby blankets, gloves and mittens.

Don’t count on getting a break on school supplies, they are not exempt.

Also not included are accessories or specific athletic or protective gear.

Click here for more information about Oklahoma’s tax free Holiday visit.

Tax free weekend ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

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