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Expensive school supplies? Wait to buy on tax-free weekend

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

For most kids in North Alabama, the first day of school is about three weeks away. For parents, that can mean a break from the kids, but not your wallet. School supplies can cost $100 or more.

Many kids are unable to afford everything on the lists, leaving teachers to spend hundreds every year to make sure every student is taken care of.

"Money is spent out of pocket on a regular basis with most teachers," said teacher at Lynn Fanning Elementary, Joyce Shaver. "But we do not desire any child to not have the supplies that they need. We want each child to function in school and have what they need to be as successful as possible."

There are organizations that help support teachers and students. Free to Teach is a group that collects supplies and gives them to teachers to use in their classroom. Several churches in the area also help by doing school supply drives.

If you want to save money, another option is waiting till the tax-free weekend. It starts Friday, August 2nd at 12:01 a.m. and ends August 4th at midnight.

If your list costs you $100, you would save about $9 if you bought the items this weekend.

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