Published: Aug 12, 2011 7:38 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla - To encourage Floridians to take advantage of this weekend’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, Governor Rick Scott Friday purchased school supplies at an Orlando Walmart. He later donated the backpacks, notebooks, markers and pencils to Hope Now International Inc.

“As families are preparing their children to start a new school year, the sales tax holiday provides a great opportunity to save some hard-earned money on clothes and school supplies,” Governor Scott said. “The sales tax holiday helps ensure our students have the tools they need to be successful in the classroom.”

Throughout the weekend, Floridians will be able to purchase specific school supplies, clothing and footwear without paying state and local taxes. The sales tax exemption applies to certain schools supplies that cost $15 or less, and to clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $75 or less. Economists estimate the tax break will save Florida families approximately $31.2 million.

Florida’s 2011 Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 12, and end at midnight on Sunday, August 14. Shoppers and retailers can find a list of tax-exempt items by visiting the Florida Department of Revenue’s website at, in the “Current Topics” box.