SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - They may be two of the most anticipated days of the year for shoppers. It's Mississippi's Sales Tax Free holiday. It's designed to help parents save a little money on their kids' back to school clothes, but it's not just for parents.
Julie Stewart left a clothing store with something to smile about. She saved more than $23 in sales taxes during Mississippi's tax free weekend.
"I think it's awesome," said Stewart.
Stewart began counting down the hours to take advantage of the retail sales tax savings Thursday.
"I came in yesterday to pick up a few things and to look around, and they informed me it was the tax free day Friday, so I decided to wait and come back because I needed to update my wardrobe a little bit. So, I saved quite a bit of money today," said Stewart.
The 7 percent sales tax savings meant Megan Monti was able to keep $12 in her wallet.
"It's helpful. I mean, every little bit helps," explained Monti.
"I came to make a purchase, and because of the free tax I think I bought a little more than I would have," said Sheila Crawford, of Waveland.
The yearly offering by the state does come with restrictions. The price of a single item cannot exceed $100, and household items, cosmetics, jewelry and school products remain taxable. The sales tax exemption basically only applies to clothing and shoes. Stewart says that's OK.
"I'll take advantage of what is offered to me when it's offered, so I'm very fortunate in that regard. I won't get too picky about it," said Stewart.
Mississippi shoppers can enjoy tax free shopping through midnight Saturday.