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Reject the recession: Last minute shopping tips

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email 

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The time draws near for shoppers at Sawmill Square Mall in Laurel. Next week the gift giving will begin, but for some the gift buying is still on going.

"I've waited until the last minute, but with the weather lately, that's just kind of how it's been," said Sandra Stutts.

 "I've got a lot left," said Dallante Arrington.

While many people have their shopping completed, many others are on the opposite end. Sometimes that can be a problem.

"I think it makes it a little bit more hectic, a little more stressful, but it's all good too," said Stutts. "I think it's the hustle and bustle that people enjoy too."

"It's harder to do," said Arrington. "I'll probably end up spending more because I don't really know what to get anybody."

Tawnya Crockett with the Mississippi State Extension Service says shopping late can be bad to your wallet, if you don't have a plan.

"We just wait until the last minute, so therefore we are stressed," said Crockett. Usually when you are stressed you spend more money because you want to get it over with."

Crockett recommends making a budget and a list of people you want to buy for.

"Make your list, check it twice, just like Santa and stick to it," Crockett said. "Just make sure you do your homework before you go out."

 Crockett also recommends finding a store where you can buy everything you need in a one stop shop.

"We suggests that you try to shop at maybe one or two stores; those big department stores where you can buy more than one gift at a time so you want stress yourself out," said Crockett.

We found some shoppers who had some shopping tips of their own.

"I usually have a limit, and I try to stick to it," said Jerri Peddichord.

"I manage my money through the year and I save it for this purpose, but I don't wait till the last minute to get the big items," said Deloras Eason.

So, be ready for long lines, big crowds, and for stores to be out of things. Most of all be ready to make wise adjustments.

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