Sales tax holiday not just for back-to-schoolers anymore

Tax-free weekend starts Friday

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A bra, a tie, a lunch box.

Those items have something very special in common: they're tax exempt during the upcoming Sales Tax Holiday. The tax-free weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, ending Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

So, if you're thinking about sitting out this year's Sales Tax Holiday because you don't need a pencil eraser, perhaps you should take a closer look at the official list of tax-exempt items.

Wallets? Bowling shoes? Pantyhose? All tax-exempt.

Aprons? Athletic supporters? Bandanas? Ditto, ditto, and ditto.

General items must be priced $75 or less individually to qualify for the exemption. School supply items must be priced $15 or less to qualify.

Many office supplies are also considered school supplies (i.e. legal pads, pens, scissors), so the tax-free weekend is a good chance to stock up whether or not you have school-age children at home.

If you stick to the list of approved tax-exempt items, you'll save the 6 percent sales tax. If you shop in a county that imposes an additional tax, you'll save even more; those county taxes will be suspended, as well.

Watch the accompanying video for my tour of the 2012 Sales Tax Holiday.