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Back-to-school savings for upcoming tax-free weekend

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Ready or not, we're only a couple weeks away from the start of a new school year, and many families have started their back-to-school shopping.

But if you haven't, this weekend might be the perfect time to get yours done.

Whether you have a child starting another year of elementary or middle school, or going going off to college, the list of school supplies they need is endless.

The time to shop would be this weekend when certain items will be tax free in Massachusetts.

For the Vartabedian family, school supply shopping started weeks ago.

"We're sending one off to college so we've had to start that list of dorm supplies and school supplies. In the meantime we're also shopping for lunchboxes and backpacks. It's a lot of stuff," said Danielle Vartabedian. 

From crayons and spiral notebooks, to refrigerators and Keurigs, their list covers all the back to school necessities.

The Vartabedian family and many others took advantage of the deals at Wal-Mart in Springfield on Thursday. 

"We can get a little bit of everything that we need here. Some of the big items, the small items for all the different ages and probably save a fair amount on tax," said Jeffrey Vartabedian. 

For the average family with two to three kids, each students school supply list can be dozens of items long, which can run a family hundreds of dollars. 

One local school's supply list for 29 items for one student rings up to $80.

If you shop during the tax free weekend, you can save close to five dollars which adds up when you're shopping for several kids.

"For parents, students, and teachers, it's a huge benefit for everybody because at Wal-Mart, we try to offer the lowest prices on everything. We have plenty of stuff in stock for everybody to come down and grab whatever they need," said Springfield Wal-Mart Manager, Joshua Ritcher. 
Wal-Mart also added a new feature to their app to help make back to school shopping easier.

"Put in the zip code that your school is in and it will populate a list of schools in the area. You can click on your school, it will direct you to the shopping list by grade, and then once you click on that you can go item by item. It has the amount that the teachers are requesting students have, along with the ability to find item and it will show you the items we have that fit that category," Ritcher explained. 
The Springfield Wal-Mart says they expect big crowds this weekend.

They've had extra shipments brought in on big ticket items and will have additional staff to help make sure everyone has a pleasant shopping experience.

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