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Tax free week kicks off on Sunday

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School shoppers looking to save a few bucks before the back-to-school rush can do so starting on Sunday as part of the state's tax-free week.

The annual tax-free holiday runs through next Saturday, according to state officials.

It is an exciting time for students as they head into a new school year. Between the clothes and school, however, fresh supplies can add up.

"The kids are growing like weeds, so we need to get a lot of stuff before school starts," said Debbie Goodman of Suffield.

It turns out, savings are just around the corner.

As part of tax-free week, clothes and shoes under $100 are exempt from the state's 6.35 percent sales tax.

"It could off-set the cost of of a pair of sneakers that they need for gym class, and that can be a big expense," Goodman said.

Shoppers can feel free to use any discounts they come across on items that are over the $100 cap.

Stylist Debbie Wright told Eyewitness News that there are apps that will help customers find some of the best deals.

"I also love 'Shopular,'" she said. "That is an app that gives you additional coupons for your favorite stores so you can actually customize it to the stores your kids like. So anytime there is a special sale going on, you'll get notified."

Parents said it is helpful to do some planning before hitting the stores.

"Doing your kind of due diligence at home to see what's going to fit, what's not going to fit, what can be saved for next year," said Brandy Alexander of Hamden, MA. "I think it's the pre-planning that matters."

For a list of items included and excluded from the tax-free holiday, click here.

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