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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The school year is right around the corner, and of course the kiddos need school supplies and new clothes. Get ready parents. North Carolina’s tax free weekend starts tomorrow.

Stores all over the Cape Fear are gearing up for the crowds as families will fill their carts while saving some money.

Starting Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday at 11:59 p.m., stores will not charge sales tax on common back to school items.

The list includes school supplies, of course, from binders and notepads, to pencils and pens. Also on the list, clothing that is $100 or less per item. Another item you can save on: computers, including tablets computers and netbooks. You can also save the tax on printers and ink. And if you have an athlete in your house, you can also save on sporting goods that are $50 or less per item.

“It works well for me,” shopper Linda Sneeden said. “It is usually crowded, but that’s OK. I don’t mind the crowd, but I can usually get what I want anyways.”

Sneeden and her two grandchildren, Gavin and Morgan, did some pre-tax-holiday browsing Thursday at Sam’s Club in Wilmington. The grandma of four cruised the aisles to see what she’ll save money on this weekend.

“Notebooks, the older ones need stuff for their locker, the pencils, the paper, the composition books, and they’ll need gym stuff this year for gym and stuff like that,” Sneeden said.

Stores like Sam’s Club hope to make the tax free holiday easier for folks in North Carolina. The store will open its doors to non-members Friday through Sunday. All you have to do is check-in at the Members Service desk.

While some shoppers will look for school supplies for their students, others will buy for themselves.

“Possibly some shoes and clothes for me and my husband,” shopper Joette Smith said.

Smith, like many others, has delayed some of her shopping in anticipation for the tax free holiday.

“I believe that it’s really a tough time, and every break we can get we need to take advantage of it,” Smith said.


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