GREENFIELD -- School is out for summer, but parents are getting a lesson in subtraction as they hit the stores, shopping until they drop during Wisconsin's first sales tax holiday -- which runs through Sunday, Aug. 5.
Jennifer Houk was making a list and checking it twice on Saturday -- enjoying a different kind of holiday shopping.
"Crayons, markers, glue sticks, notebook -- pretty much everything you need for a first-grader," said Houk.
She and many others were taking advantage of the sales tax holiday. School supplies are among the exempt items.
"It's been amazing. It's a nice help in the pocketbook," said Houk.
Store officials at spots like Meijer and Walmart were prepared for the influx of shoppers.
"With more cashiers and more sales team members -- that has really helped us," said Michael Evert, Meijer store director.
Evert said Meijer customers were also benefiting from extra in-store discounts.
"We've got a lot of great items that are on sale now, so you compare that with the tax savings discounts and really save a bundle -- easily hundreds depending on how large your family is," said Evert.
Kristin Keeling, a mother, said the sales tax holiday served as an incentive to hit the store.
"Three kids, lots of supplies. Two kids, tons of things to get -- and we knew the prices were really good here. The no tax is huge," said Keeling.
From crayons to clothes and even computer supplies, there's a long list of items that are tax exempt through Sunday.
"Even things like diapers. You can get diapers for the entire family if you wanted. It's a great deal," said Evert.
The five-day grace period will also add up to a sales increase for retailers compared to this time last year -- making it a win-win for all.
"It's really been outstanding," said Evert.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue estimates the sales tax holiday will save shoppers almost $15 million. The sales tax holiday ends Sunday, Aug. 5.
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