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Parents take advantage of tax-free weekend

By Jessica Rodrigo
Aug. 8, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.
Updated Aug. 8, 2014 at 11:21 p.m.


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Shopping for school can be hard, an Edna mom said Friday morning - especially when there are four kids to shop for.

Rosalinda Miller was at Victoria Mall shopping with her two daughters - Hannah Miller, 10, and Melinda Dunagan, 13 - for back-to-school gear.

She said they take advantage of the tax-free shopping every year before school starts.

"I come to see what sales there are and get things for the kids," Miller, 42, said. "It helps when there are four of them."

She visited a few stores at the mall after they tackled their school supplies list at Wal-Mart. Saturday, she expects to bring her sons to go shopping, too, so they can get everything they need before school starts in two weeks.

"I try to get them five shirts and five pairs of jeans each to start them out," Miller said.

Melinda picked out a Perry the Platypus, from the show "Phineas and Ferb," backpack from a display at Spencer's Gifts. It was complete with turquoise fur and his yellow-orange webbed feet and flat platypus tail.

Because Edna Junior High and Edna Elementary schools don't have uniforms, the girls can shop for a wide variety of outfits, Miller said.

Thankfully, she said, the tax-free weekend and the sales help make it easier to save money. She said they sometimes spend a few hundred dollars on back-to-school shopping.

"The girls will take me to every store if they can," she said with a chuckle.

Miller, who is a special education aide at Edna Junior High School, said she hasn't started shopping for her back-to-school wardrobe, yet.

"I'll try to get the kids done first," she said.

Seventh-grader Eric Montez, 12, took his time at Champs Sports looking for the perfect pair of Nikes.

"He always gets a new pair of shoes," said his grandmother, Elvira Montez, of Victoria.

Each year, Montez brings her grandchildren shopping for a new pair of shoes and clothes for school.

Her daughter, Mindy Montez, 27, tagged along during the shopping venture at Victoria Mall. She's enrolled in Victoria College's medical assisting program and said that even though she mostly wears scrubs in her courses, she bought a few pairs of jeans from J.C. Penney.

"I like that I can save because they have good sales," Mindy Montez said.

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