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Local Shoppers Benefit From Tax Free Weekend

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LAWTON, Okla._Local shoppers braved Saturday's heat to take advantage of some big savings.

Oklahoma's 7th Annual Sales Tax Free Weekend kicked off just after midnight Thursday. For this weekend only, Oklahoma retailers removed the sales tax from clothing and footwear products under $100.

Oklahoma state law allows anyone to take advantage of the savings, but it was primarily designed to help parents and students with their back to school clothing costs.

"Lots of back to school clothes and backpacks and stuff."

It's that time of year when families begin preparing for their kids to head back to school. That means a need for new clothes, shoes, and school supplies. These costs can add up quickly, but when shoppers hit their favorite stores Saturday they found some relief.

"I have spent $750, and I have only paid a little over $10 in sales-tax."

"We have probably saved about $120, but we have bought a bunch of stuff now too."

"In every store I am usually saving another $25 or $27, so its worth it."

On Saturday, people were at it all day to make sure that they got all they needed before the state's sales tax returns.

"We have been at it for 6 hours, and we are still not done yet."

And it wasn't just the lack of sales tax that was saving people money. Shoppers said there were deals and extra discounts everywhere.

"Very inexpensive. They are deals all over the place. Everywhere is packed."

But the long lines and full parking lots were worth it because of all the money local shoppers were able to save.

"It works out pretty good though. It is nice to be able to save a little money when you can."

Oklahoma's Tax Free Weekend continues through Sunday, August 4.

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