NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday is here, saving shoppers money as they shop for back-to-school items.
As part of the weekend, shoppers do not have to pay taxes on certain items that they normally would. For moms like Catherine Metz, that equals a big savings.
Metz has five children and she says back-to-school shopping doesn’t come cheap. Friday morning, the family spent $600 on shoes and clothes for the new school year, and they planned to continue shopping throughout the day.
She said she held off on buying anything until Friday so she could see the savings.
“We purposely did it this weekend, absolutely,” she said.
Because not having to pay taxes adds up, Metz said she was able to buy an extra pair of shoes with the money she saved.
It wasn’t only back-to-school shoppers cashing in on the tax-free weekend.
Susan Kurtzman was out shopping with her friend Linda. Although their kids are already grown, they said they know how expensive school shopping can be.
“Prices keep going up and wages don’t, so if you can get a good deal, it pays to shop around a little bit,” she said.
Kurtzman ended up buying a quilt, some clothing and said she got 30-40 percent off.
As part of the tax-free weekend, shoppers don’t have to pay taxes on school supplies that are less than $20 per item, and clothes have to be less than $75 to qualify.
The weekend savings continue until midnight Sunday, August 7. More information about the sales tax holiday is available on the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website.