Taxes cut + back to school = shoppers

Four-year-old Madison Raines doesn't care about tax breaks, but as she gets ready to enter pre-Kindergarten, she cares a lot about getting stuff related to her favorite Disney movie.

"Frozen book bags, lunch bags, folders, everything Frozen-themed is what she wants," said Jamie Raines, Madison's mother, who went shopping for her daughter's school needs at the SocasteeTarget store Friday.

While Madison may not care, many shoppers say it's worth battling the crowds this weekend to buy school supplies with no sales tax added.

"It's not a big deal. It's just a good day to go shopping, so why not take advantage of it?" said Nicolette Green of Horry County.

The South Carolina sales tax is six percent.

Including local taxes, the price cut can be up to eight percent.

Since many stores add discounts of their own, the savings can be good enough to attract not just parents, but teachers.

"The sales tax off might not be much, but with the sales it adds up, and I can stock up on my supplies for my students and furniture for my classroom," said Green Sea High School music teacher Alissa Watts.

An eight percent price cut may not seem like much, but some shoppers say tax free weekend isn't just about the discounts. It's a little bit of fun, too.

"I just like the rush of the crowds, make sure I get everything I need before it's out of stock," Raines said.

Traffic this weekend won't nearly reach Black Friday levels, but the SocasteeTarget store is expecting a big turnout, especially since North Carolina has eliminated its tax-free weekend this year.

"We definitely staff (the store) a lot heavier, just to make sure that we can assist all of our guests," said Target executive team leader Ashley Gause.

State tax officials say South Carolina shoppers will save about $3 million this weekend - a little bit at a time.

"Taking advantage of the about $4 that we're going to save in tax," Green said.

For the official list of tax-exempt items, click here.