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Last-minute shoppers might get best deals weekend before Christmas

12:34 AM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Move over Black Friday. There's another sale season in town.

"The weekend before Christmas is essentially the second busiest Saturday of the year," said Lindsey Von Hoven, Director of Marketing for the Avenues Mall.

From clothing to electronics, experts say this weekend will make up about 30% of retailers' holiday sales, with Thanksgiving weekend only accounting for about 10%.

"I have two more people to shop for and then I'm done," said shopper Tara Womble.

"I'm just about done. Thank God," said Richard Halstead.

But Womble and Halstead might be onto something: a little procrastination.

"I knew it was going to be a mad rush with the weekend coming up here, last weekend before the holiday so might as well get it out of the way now," said Halstead.

Experts predict 70 percent of the most popular Black Friday deals will return between now and Christmas.

Technology can make bargain shopping even easier. All you need to do is download an application to your smart phone, such as Red Laser for the iPhone. Scan the UPC code for the item you want to buy and then you can see what online or local deals are best.

Other procrastination perks include giveaways and prizes. Kohl's will pick up the tab for a shopper in each of its stores every day until Christmas Eve and Banana Republic is giving away cars to entice customers.

If you want to shop at a less conventional time of the day, certain stores, like Toys R' Us, will be open around the clock for the 88 hours leading up to Christmas.

Here are a few other smart phone shopping apps: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2012/11/23/holiday-shopping-apps/1716741/

Last-minute gift ideas: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=287625

One more tip: If you're not shopping for a gift, you might want to hold off and fight the crowds after Christmas. Some retailers, like Target, say their best prices are the days following December 25th.

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