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Retailers offer new online options for back-to-school shopping

Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, and Target are offerings school supplies through a variety of online services in time for Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday (WSYX/WTTE).

Buying school supplies and clothing this weekend will save you money in your back-to-school shopping.

It's Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday, which runs Friday Aug. 4th through Sunday Aug. 6th.

You won't pay sales tax on school supplies costing $20 or less per item, clothing priced at $75 or less per item, and instructional materials that cost $20 per item or less.

Ohio's Department of Taxation provides a detailed list of qualifying items.

Retailers are competing for your business with several new online options that could save you time and money.

Walmart has expanded its free online grocery pickup service to include school supplies. Shoppers can pick up their orders at designated stores without leaving their cars.

Kroger has also added common school items to its online shopping service at select stores.

Also, Meijer has included school supplies to its home delivery service, which requires an added subscription fee. Orders can be delivered as soon as an hour after they're placed.

Websites for Target and Walmart give shoppers the added option of searching for school-specific supply lists, and then place all the listed items in an online cart.

However, check your individualized list closely. ABC 6 On Your Side found some items weren't available or weren't automatically added for purchase.

If you shop online, then you'll be able to take advantage of the tax savings until 11:59 pm Sunday.

Qualifying items placed on layaway or picked up from layaway this weekend are exempt from sales tax.

The sales tax in Franklin County is 7.5%.


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