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Stores are getting ready for early shoppers

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Any good holiday shopper knows it is never too soon to get started. And with the struggling economy, many of those early shoppers are also looking to make smarter and cheaper shopping decisions. You may see more window shoppers than big spenders this holiday shopping season. That is because the economy is keeping many shoppers on a serious budget. "I thought I was going to start it today, but when I got to Toyota, they are charging me so much to repair my car, that my holiday shopping may be limited, but I am looking," said Irene Hankins. Some are heading to the shops early to see what is out there, but are weary of how much their spending, so they are heading straight for the sale rack. Marie Donatiello from Stamford, CT., said, "I think people are looking for the bargain." Victoria Lamanna of Julie’s Boutique, said, "It's been a little bit better now, but not a lot of holiday shopping yet." To encourage people to get out and get their holiday shopping done early, stores are putting items on sale that normally would not be on sale until after Thanksgiving. Sales are popping up left and right, and if the sale price is too steep, some stores are offering layaway service for the first time this year. Elizabeth Barbee of Monkee’s Boutique, said, "They can put away their items, they have sixty days to pay for their items, but they must pay for their items half upfront." Being on a tighter budget means shoppers are likely to make smarter choices, and buy more practical and useful gifts. "Because of the economy, I think it is best to find the things that are best in price and as far as usefulness," added Dorothy Humphrey of Bolivia. Store owners and shoppers are still looking forward to this holiday season, just without all the bells and whistles.

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