This weekend, Aug. 11 through 13, is the state's annual sales tax holiday that helps shoppers save money on certain items.

While Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers of the holiday, businesses in Alice remind parents that even small businesses can save you money as you prepare your children to head back to school.

Vivian Lazo's family owned business, Java Designs, is one of many Alice businesses that sale school-approved spirit shirts.

Lazo advises shoppers to keep their business in Alice so they can help family businesses take care of their families.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“Most folks won’t hear the back-to-school bell for another month, but it’s never too early to take advantage of the opportunity to save money on everything from ball caps to ballpoint pens,” Hegar said. “As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller's website at

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $87 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.

Texas’ tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.