WILMINGTON -- For many students the first day of classes is just around the corner. That means it's time to pick up "back to school" supplies. This weekend is a good time to stock up, as most of what you will likely need is tax free. This tax free weekend will be the first time Joselyne Marino has ever been school shopping for her daughter. Mia is starting pre-school on August 27. Marino said, "That means all types of supplies and long lists, crayons and markers and bookbags, clothes. Lots to get together." Mia's in luck, because all clothes, shoes and school supplies under $100 are tax-free. Other tax exempt items include sports equipment under $50, computers under $3,500 and computer equipment under $250. Marino said, "I personally want to get a lot of the clothes for the fall for the girls so we're going to take advantage of that with the tax free weekend." A new study from the National Retail Foundation says the average American family spends $563 per child on back to school expenses, so if you spend about that much and are going shopping this weekend you will save over $30." Marino said, "Every bit helps we like to save money so its a great time and we like to take advantage of it." And Mia's not the only one who will be lucking out. Marino said, "I might get some new clothes too, after all I'm going to be sitting in the lunch room having lunch with my daughter." But this weekend she'll be going early and she'll be going alone... Marino said, "I'm going first thing in the morning. I want to avoid the crowds and I can get a lot more accomplished if the girls stay home with daddy and have daddy daughter time." Marino says she plans to buy an entire year's worth of school supplies during tax free weekend. The tax free holiday kicks off Thursday at midnight and lasts until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
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