This is Mellissa Lami's first time school shopping in the Wiregrass.
Savings are important especially when she's not used to the area's sales tax structure.
“It’s a lot, we're coming from 6 and 7 percent in savannah so it's a lot so it helps tremendously,” said Lami.
Lami is filling her cart now, since her two kids start school the first week of August.
The tax-free holiday starts August 5th and ends on the 7th cutting it close for her kids.
But that's not going to stop her from hitting the sales in two weeks.
Lami says her daughter, “needs protractors and more expensive stuff and you know a nicer book bag and so we are going to hold off on tax free for her.”
Shavania Futch’s little guy is starting his first year of kindergarten she’s already feeling the pinch.
“How much money do you think you're going to rack up today? I’m nervous, possibly, I hope 50, but being that the list is short but hopefully 50 but it could be more.”
Like Lami, Futch’s little boy starts school in the beginning of August.
“He starts school August the 9th so I don't want to wait until the last minute. I want to make sure that he has everything that he needs,” said Futch.
And everything has a tendency to add up.
That's why Futch still plans to hit the stores in the weeks to come.
“It is going to help out a lot because it's just the fact that I’m putting all this money on school supplies, saving tax alone is good, because if I’m spending 50 dollars and I’m saving 5 dollars that can go towards something else I can buy,” said Futch.
Florida is also having a tax-free weekend, that's from august 12th through the 14th.
Georgia is not participating in the tax free holiday this year.
For a full list of the items under the tax free holiday for both Florida and Alabama click on the 4 More Info tab.