Rio Grande Valley shoppers take advantage of savings this weekend

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POSTED: Friday, August 8, 2014 - 1:55pm

UPDATED: Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 12:43pm

Tax-free weekend kicked off today and Rio Grande Valley shoppers went out to take advantage. Fourth grader Marjorie Trevillion is one of many shoppers saving a few dollars this weekend.

“We already went through our clothes, so like, I want to get more supplies,” says the Morningside Elementary student.

The Texas’ 16th sales tax holiday started at 10 this morning. For Rio Grande Valley residents, where one in two children live at or below poverty level, this is helpful. Walmart Director of Public Affairs Daniel Morales says the extra dollars can benefit those families in need.

“And this can mean an extra pair of shoes, an extra uniform or that extra little something for that family that needs in this hard economic times.”

Tax savings roughly amount to about eight dollars in every 100 dollars spent this weekend. For parent and grandparent Rudy Garza, it is significant money.

“ I know we do save, if you spend let’s say about 200 dollars..at least you save about 17 dollars. You know with 17 dollars you can buy something to cook for the weekend.”

With school just around the corner, parents and their kiddos are sure to take advantage. Morales gives families advice.

“So customers just need to make sure they create a list, make sure they know what is taxable and non-taxable and that way they can get the greatest savings,” says Morales.

Of course, we all know our typical tax-free items which include notebooks, crayons, calculators and pencils. But, did you know that even pampers are included?

For a complete list of taxable and non-taxable items check out the Texas Comptroller’s website at the link below. http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/taxholiday/m/

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