Holiday Spending Up This Christmas


By Amanda Wade

The rain isn't stopping shoppers whether they're on a budget or ready to spend this Christmas season, and most say they have deeper pockets this year. 

Christmas is just three days away, but the shopping hasn't stopped yet as people hit the streets to finish getting gifts. This holiday season, some shoppers say they had quite a bit more to spend than last year.
"I've spent close to $2,000, not too bad. It's really good knowing how many people I've had to spend for," says Tasha Gonce, a Montgomery shopper.  
Some store managers say shoppers are definitely spending more this year compared to last. They say that includes the biggest hot ticket items, expensive electronics like the iPad Air and X-Box One. For some stores, this year is even better than they expected.
"Well actually yesterday we made over $2,000 for our goal, so we've been doing pretty well when it comes to meeting our goal and actually beating our goals from last year and the current goal for this year," says Courtnei Poore, Lotus Boutique Manager.
Other shoppers say they stick to a budget, and think of creative ways to spend their shopping money. One thing all the shoppers have in common, the majority of this year's Christmas money will go to the same place: their children. 
"Most of our money has gone to our granddaughter who will be 11 months old on Christmas Eve," says Lisa Smith, a Target shopper.