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Mother Preps 6 Months in Advance for Tax Free Weekend; Plans to Save $300

We caught up with a mother a day before the Arkansas Tax Free Weekend to see how she's planning to save money on back to school items.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Less than 24 hours before people race to the stores for Tax Free Weekend in Arkansas, some of them have big savings plans.

Every year, Angie Woodward scouts out the deals online and in stores. She started preparing for the sales tax holiday six months ago.

"I'll go to the store and I'll check the ads and sometimes they'll have a sale prior to the no tax day. You've got to prepare," she says.

Woodward and her daughter were at UALR's Bookstore ahead of the big day.

"She has a printout of what she's going to need for books and pencils," Woodward says.

The single mother of two is on a tight budget, so she's making sure she can save every penny while shopping for her college student and pre-schooler.

"I did notice that from last year to this year, I mean I've already started looking at the prices, I mean you can go from $50 of school supplies to almost $150," she says.

As the list of supplies grow each year, so does the price tag. She's checking ads, comparing prices and going to stores ahead of time to mark down what she wants.

"You save a lot of money and you can use it towards other stuff for education," she says.

Woodward says her strategy will save her about $300, which includes purchases for school supplies and clothes. She has this advice for other parents hitting the stores Saturday.

"Go out early, because things will go fast," she says.

Click here for a list of items included for Tax Free Weekend.
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