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Texas’ tax-free shopping starts Friday

By: Stephanie Guadian
The start of school is just around the corner, and Texas' tax-free weekend arrives just in time. It's a chance for parents to save money on their back-to-school shopping. 

El Paso mom Kendra Smith has four kids, and three of them are heading to school this year. She came to Target a few days before the start of sales tax holiday -- hoping to beat the crowds. But, there's no escaping the financial strain of paying for all those markers, notepads, backpacks and school clothes.

"We just got back from our summer trip. So, to come back from this and to have to face this, like the cost is like, oh my gosh!! I'm going to be eating out of my food storage for a while," said Kendra Smith.

Some relief is on the way. Texas' tax-free weekend starts Friday and lasts through Sunday. It applies to general merchandise including clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks.

John Wooten is an employee at a Target in West El Paso. He says his store is just one of many gearing up for the rush.

"We know we have a lot of guests coming out and they are shopping for their kids. So, it's really similar to the atmosphere at Christmas. It's just a shorter amount of time," said John Wooten.

According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey -- parents are going to be spending five percent more than last year on school supplies. For the average family with kids K through 12, that adds up to about $670.

The survey found average back to school spending for a college student is expected to jump ten percent. That price tag is a little more than$900.

Complete look at the rules for Texas' tax-free weekend