By Greg Gullberg
Aug 04, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Parents are taking to the shelves and arming their kids with the tools they'll need to succeed this school year. But next weekend's Georgia sales tax holiday is coming too late for many students who go back to school this week. And that's costing parents money.
The tax holiday on school supplies, clothing and electronics runs Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th. So that doesn't help very much for students starting class this week in school districts around South Georgia including Valdosta City Schools, Lowndes and Thomas County Districts.
Bryan Belcher is a parent who says he's just going to bite the bullet and buy all of his kid's supplies now.
"You have to get it now. There's no sense in getting it after school starts because then your kids won't have the supplies they need," Belcher said.
But other parents say they're buying essential supplies first and holding off on big purchases until next weekend.
Some teachers we talked to say they're helping by not requiring students to come loaded up with supplies the first week.
Just remember, there are limits to Georgia's sales tax holiday.
For example, a pair of shoes and an item of clothing can't cost more than $100 each.