Customers seeing holiday deals weeks before Black Friday

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) "With the stores doing the sales early, it really helps a lot," said Roshonda Washington.

Roshonda Washington is taking advantage of what she calls good deals being advertised by retailers weeks before what's typically known as one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

"A lot of people go for the sales, especially with the economy the way it is now.   We're looking for the sales," said Washington.

Shoppers like Washington don't have to look far for national retailers already advertising their holiday deals.

"You're never going to beat those Black Friday prices, but this is an opportunity for us to give an even lower than sale price to draw the customer into the store," said K-Mart Manager, Ross Sedlacek.

Sedlacek says offering deals earlier allows more time to pay for things purchased. A win-win for retailers and consumers.

"When you spread it out I think customers are able to get great prices on things they want and also kind of beat the crowds," said Sedlacek.

"There's been a lot of free merchandise.   Buy 2 get one free type promotions that we've been offering the past few weeks," said Target Manager, Tommy Hendrix.

Hendrix says he saw people start to shop for Christmas weeks ago.

If shoppers are ready, he says they have to give them a reason to come back.

"It's price cut at every single endcap, so we're trying to get people to shop as early as possible," said Hendrix.

For sale hunter Roshonda Washington, she says the earlier places promise good deals, the earlier retailers will get her money.

"It's a big help to a lot of families," said Washington.

Here's some good news for retailers from the National Retail Federation, holiday spending this year is predicted to be up 2 point 3 percent from last year.

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