Tax-free weekend begins in Missouri - KCTV5

Tax-free weekend begins in Missouri

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Backpacks, school supplies, computers, clothing and printers are just some of the items that people can expect to save money on during the weekend. (KCTV5) Backpacks, school supplies, computers, clothing and printers are just some of the items that people can expect to save money on during the weekend. (KCTV5)
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Throughout the Kansas City area, stores are getting ready for the back-to-school tax-free weekend and they expect to be busy.

The event kicked off at midnight on Friday, allowing shoppers to take advantage at 24-hour stores like Walmart.

Backpacks, school supplies, computers, clothing and printers are just some of the items that people can expect to save money on during the weekend.

The event voids sales tax on clothing items that are under $100, school supplies that are under $50 and a computer worth up to $1,500.

While the event does bring the opportunity to make purchases for less money, some financial coaches have a warning for shoppers.

"Make a list first of what you need before you decide what you want," said Leoni Segura, a Financial Coach at the Prosperity Center.

When it comes to snagging a good deal, Segura says coupons may be a thing of the past and that large stores are going another way.

“They will usually tweet out or message out different codes coupon codes,” Segura said.

For those wondering where to spend top dollar, Segura says shoes are one of the better options.

“They need a good support and that helps you to have good posture and keeping good health,” Segura said.

Segura also says computers are a helpful buy for those with students who will soon be attending college.

For those who missed something on their list, Segura says swap meets with neighbors and friends are a good way to save cash.

“And then you also get the social aspect, too. You even get to meet the parents that your kids go to school with,” Segura said.

Officials want to remind shoppers that not all items qualify. Accessories such as sunglasses, purses and scarves will still be taxed.

Shoppers are also advised that not all cities are participating in tax-free weekend. For a list of those cities, click here.

For more details on all things tax-free weekend, click here.

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