OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — There is royalty in Edmond, Oklahoma. Melissa Garcia is the consumer queen and she makes a living figuring out the best shopping deals for you. So Fox 25 went to her for the tips to make sure you have the best tax free weekend.
“Go in early. Print your coupons, and then compare,” said Garcia.
This weekend isn't just about what tax free items you can find. Places like Staples and Office Max have huge back to school sales, like Elmer’s glue for a penny or notebooks for 25 cents.
“A lot of times people will come in and swoop up all the deals first thing in the morning, so sometimes people are disappointed, but what people don't realize is that they can take those ads to Walmart and price match,” said Garcia.
The Oklahoma Tax Commission said clothing and shoes fewer than $100 qualify as tax free, but things like athletic-exclusive shoes do not.
“It is just confusing for consumers to know what is tax free and what isn't, or the reasons why one thing would be and one thing wouldn't,” said Caleb Arter, owner of local business Blue Seven.
The confusion was about what's tax free was getting out of hand for him, so about three years ago he decided to make a change. Now everything in the store is tax free on tax-free weekend.
“They don't have to worry about it, is this back pack ok or would these jeans count, so it is kind of neat when you come shop here, you don't have to worry about it. We sort that on the back end,” said Arter.
Whether you like big box or local shops there will be deals out there for you. The tax-free weekend gets a bad rap for not being worth the hassle, but the consumer queen says any money saved is always worth it.