Holiday shopping season begins to wind down

Holiday shopping season begins to wind down

With only a handful of days left in the 2014 holiday shopping season, many from across the area took advantage of the Saints' Monday Night game to get some shopping done on Sunday.

"I say every year I'm going to start early but that never happens so here I am," shopper Aisha Lago said.

The National Retail Federation predicted a more than four percent increase in holiday sales over last year.

Retail figures from November showed a 0.6 percent increase with the beginning of the holiday shopping season and analysts expect that spending to continue through the end of December.

Stores at Lakeside Mall offered deep discounts to get customers in the door.

"Trying to get a parking space is really hard and the lines are really long but it's worth it because they have some great deals out here," shopper Tivett Edinburgh.

If you're planning to send something this holiday season, the deadline for shipping is fast approaching. Monday is the last day to drop something in the standard mail to make sure it arrives by December 25th.

The U.S. Postal Service expects tomorrow to be their busiest day of the year.

Facilities around the country will process 640-million letters, cards and packages in a single day.

The deadline is December 20th for First Class and Priority Mail and the 23rd for Priority Mail Express.

Also, postal workers in many areas will deliver, even on Christmas Day.

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