Parents take advantage of Illinois' first sales tax holiday

By Carly O'Keefe - bio | email

MARION, IL (KFVS) - Friday kicked off Illinois' first ever Sales Tax Holiday, and some parents have already taken advantage of those savings.

Chelsea Sullivan of Marion has four school shopping lists to fill. Her kids range from second grade up to a junior in high school and they all need a lot of supplies. That's why Sullivan says she held off on school supply shopping, knowing full well she could save more during Illinois' 10-day sales tax holiday.

"I think it's fantastic especially for someone with as many kids as I have," Sullivan said.

Items like school supplies, shoes, and clothing under $100 will see a break from the state's 5 percent sales tax.

"School supplies are usually the top priority, you want them to have that back pack and notebook and clothes sometimes are pushed back," said Target manager Kenya Davis. "I think it'll be a great way to get the clothes and shoes the kids want as well."

"We spent about $165.00, and only $7.30 in taxes," said Sullivan. "That was everything, for all four kids. I don't think that's too bad."

And in this economy, Sullivan says she's happy to see any sort savings jingling in the family purse.

"Especially these days. every little bit helps."

Illinois' Sales Tax Holiday runs thru Sunday, August 15.

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