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ALEXANDRIA, La. - Going back to school can get expensive, but you can save a few bucks if you get it done this weekend.

It's a tax holiday for back to school, and even teachers are getting in on it.

Treasure Manes is just as excited as some of her students for the first day of school.

Manes: "It's my first teaching job, so I'm really excited. I'll be teaching first grade."

But she's not quite ready yet.

Manes: "Got my cart right here, and I'm trying to get some last minute things for bulletin boards and puppets for stories and things like that."

Friday begins the tax-free weekend. That means all personal property is exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax through Saturday night.

So students--and teachers--are taking advantage.

Manes: "I can tell that a lot of teachers spend their own money on things for their kids. They treat them like they're their own kids."

Businesses like School Aids are benefiting from the tax-free weekend, too.

Jody Bonnette, assistant manager: "We've been busy since 9 o'clock this morning. Had people waiting at the doors. And as you can see, still pretty busy."

But teachers aren't the only ones shopping for back-to-school.

Lisa Ward, parent: "Every dollar counts, every cent counts. School supplies and uniforms and stuff are very expensive, so saving every little bit helps."

And for Treasure Manes, providing the most materials for the least money is crucial.

Manes: "You want to make sure they have the best education possible, and sometimes that's hard when you don't have the things you need."

For more information on what's eligible for the sales tax holiday, click here: http://revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/general/hottopics/salestaxholiday.aspx

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