LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's that time of year. The kids are going back to school soon, and all of you back-to-school shoppers can save money this weekend. So, just how much can really be saved?

"The average consumer is going to save about $10," said Larry Clark, the General Manager of Staples in Little Rock.

Tax-free purchases can be madeon clothing up to $100, accessories like hair bows up to $50, and all school supplies.

"With supplies, clothing, backpacks, lunchboxes, which are included in the tax free weekend, they could save a substantial amount," Clark said. He addedthat every tax-free weekend has its trends. "The biggest thing has been the color, the glitter, we got the neon glow lights--all those things are big."

The tax-free weekend is less than 24 hours away, and people are already in stores scouting out the best deals.

Many stores have a list telling you what's included in the tax-free weekend; there's even an iPhone app that can help you find the best deals. It's called Red Laser, and involvesscanning thebarcode of any product at any store. It then lists the best deals and the best locations where that same product can be purchased.

"This is an opportunity to have a sale without costing the store anything," said Dr. Michael Pakko, the Chief Economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at UALR.

Headded thattax-free weekend benefits both customers and businesses.

"The incentive that it really provides to people is more along the lines of affecting the timing of their shopping, so for back-to-school items people would buy anyway, they tend to concentrate their purchases this weekend instead of other times during this back-to-school season," Dr. Pakko said.

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