This weekend's sales tax holiday will come too late for parents in some Georgia school districts.
Students that started school last week had to wait to do their their shopping this weekend to benefit from the tax break.
Several parents told our sister station in Atlanta that they shopped ahead of the sales tax holiday because it didn't make sense to split up their shopping trips.
Other parents of students who start earlier in August said they bought essential supplies early, but held off on big purchases until this weekend.
In Georgia, businesses won't charge sales tax this weekend on clothes, shoes, school supplies and computers. There are limits. For example, a pair of shoes and an item of clothing can't cost more than $100.
The National Retail federation says $26.7 billion will be spent nationwide in back to school shopping this year. An average of $635 per family on school supplies, clothing and electronics.
For list of school supplies you can find the state's fact sheet here.
(11alive.com contributed to this article.)