Saving with 6abc: Last minute deals

December 21, 2011 8:32:49 PM PST
The good news, data suggests that the American shopper is back, with some reports indicating spending in stores up 2.5% and as much as 15% online.

The bad news, with only three days until Christmas, the clock is ticking for procrastinators.

In just three days, the holiday shopping season will be over. The good news for procrastinators, there are plenty of deals to be had.

Mom and daughter, Babs and Natalie, were among the thousands of shoppers looking for last-minute deals Wednesday at the King of Prussia Mall.

"We found some pretty good deals," said Babs.

"Some are better than Black Friday," Natalie said.

Retailers estimate that some 40% of shoppers will make a last-minute holiday purchase, and rather than punish procrastinators, they're trying lure them in with big, late-season discounts.

"Abercrombie, American Eagle, Justice all have 40% off, and were noticing 60% off at other places," said Kate Johnson of King of Prussia Mall.

Banana Republic and Hollister are both offering 40% off right through Christmas Eve, and because other stores are reportedly planning additional Christmas Eve sales, King of Prussia Mall has a "Holiday Homestretch" Twitter team tweeting new deals as they find them.

Of course, gift cards are always good last-minute option, and if the recipients use them at the expected after-Christmas sales, they can really stretch their value.

Deals aren't limited to the mall.

Kohl's is offering a printable coupon for 15%-20% off in-store purchases between now and Saturday.

And Restaurant.com is offering $25 restaurant gift certificates for just $1, also through Christmas Eve.

Links:
www.bananarepublic.com
www.hollisterco.com
http://www.kohls.com/
www.restaurant.com

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