Shoppers purchase back-to-school supplies during sales tax exemption

JACKSON TWP. – Chimere Hodoh and her three daughters checked their list of school supplies in a section of Target filled with brightly colored notebooks, pens and file folders.

Hodoh said she and her daughters — ages 5, 7 and 15 — typically shop for the upcoming school year during the state’s annual sales tax holiday, which began Friday and continues through ‘see you on Sunday.

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“It saves money,” the Green resident said as her youngest held a binder to her head.

Hodoh said it’s also a great bonding activity and something her family looks forward to every year.

Chimere Hodoh, of Green, fills her basket with school supplies while shopping with her daughters at Target during Ohio's annual sales tax holiday.

Back-to-school shopping is big business

A National Retail Federation survey predicted that the average American family will spend nearly $849 on school supplies this year for a record $37.1 billion in back-to-school spending.

School supplies and instructional materials priced up to $20, and clothing priced up to $75, are exempt from sales tax during holidays in Ohio. The state typically forgoes $19-20 million in tax revenue each year.

Allison Tillett, of Lousville, searched for a string binder at Target with her three children, ages 5 to 12. She said they came early hoping to beat the crowds and find some well-stocked shelves.

“My kids can’t wait to be there,” she said.

Tillett said shopping during the holidays is a tradition and she is usually accompanied by her sister, who was unable to come this year.

Mya Tillett, 8, of Louisville, looks at a notebook while shopping for school supplies Friday at Target in Belden Village.
Stephanie Starcher of Plain Township and her 8-year-old daughter, Olivia, take advantage of Ohio's annual sales tax exemption while shopping for school supplies Friday at Target.

Plain Township resident Anna Braun and her 7-year-old son were also shopping early at Walmart on the Strip. She said they plan to buy school supplies and clothes at Target, TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

“I like to come in the morning before everyone comes out here,” Braun said.

Tabitha Cline, of Louisville, left Walmart with a cart full of school supplies for her three daughters. She also planned to go shopping with her daughters, aged 6 to 11.

Cline said she appreciates vacations designed to help families save money.

“We had almost everything we needed,” she said.

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