It's that time of year again, and as shoppers get ready for the first day of school, the sale tax holiday which begins Friday and ends Sunday, will help shoppers save on a number of items, such as backpacks, schools supplies and clothing.

It’s that time of year again, and as shoppers get ready for the first day of school, the sale tax holiday which begins Friday and ends Sunday, will help shoppers save on a number of items, such as backpacks, schools supplies and clothing.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items during the state's annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-13.

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.”

All sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Shoppers can use layaway plans to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

There are numerous items that are on the list, including gym suits, sports accessories and some other sportswear, but all of the items must be priced $100 or lower.

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

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.