Texas tax-free weekend starts tonight at the stroke of midnight; and the sales tax holiday applies to purchases online as well as in stores. We compared internet deals to in-store offers to find out if you can save just as much without ever leaving home.
With the tax-free holiday just hours away, we found parents shopping for back to school at Old Navy already.
"Why are you here today?" Davis asked mom Cherida Bluford. "To beat the crowd and just not be in the hustle and bustle," she replied.
"I worked retail for many years and I know better than to get out with all the crowds and try to fight with everybody trying to buy the stuff," said Paige Tracy.
We wondered why consumers don't just shop online where you can also shop tax free Friday through Sunday. We found most sites offer free shipping for purchases over $50.
No shipping, no taxes, no lines... how can you beat that? Apparently, you can so you have to do your homework. Old Navy is offering 10% off all purchases over $50 in addition to the tax savings, but the offer is in-store only. And sales prices you see at Old Navy today may go up once the tax-free holiday starts tomorrow.
"Sales change throughout the week and then the back to school has a separate sale, so we will find out that information as the day goes forward," said Old Navy's Meyerland store manager.
At The Gap, we did notice you can save 30% on your purchases through Sunday both online and in-store. Shipping on purchases over $50 is also free.
Kohl's is offering 15% off online with promo code "SCHOOLDAYS." Shipping is free for orders over $75.
WalMart is not offering any sales or special deals on top of what it says are "everyday low prices." A spokesperson tells Local 2 you'll find the same prices online as in-store. Any online purchases over $45 are shipped free.
The bottom line is you have to shop around. You may not be able to do that until midnight Thursday night or when stores open Friday morning.