Procrastinators hit stores in a frenzy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While many in Region 8 are with friends and family Tuesday celebrating Christmas Eve, many are still scrambling to find the perfect present.

"I always seem to be last minute shopping," shopper Peggy Paden said.

Paden said she blames it on the amount of people she has to shop for.

"I have seven great-grandchildren and 13 grandchildren," Paden said.

So she said she always wants to get the biggest bang for her buck.

"The economy is not good for anybody right now, so people are waiting till sales go on," Paden said. "I think we have this feeling, 'Well, it may be a dollar or two cheaper.'"

That's what brought out another shopper. 

"Coming out to get some final gifts and some extra stuff for the presents that we got," shopper Josh Wirtmiller said. "Just procrastination. That's what we live by."

Others said they weren't used to the rush.

"I don't do last minute shopping," shopper Joshua Wright said. "I usually do online shopping. This is actually the first year that I'm going in the actual store going shopping. They didn't have a lot of stuff in stock. They just called and said they had it in stock, so I'm doing a lot of last minute shopping."

Some of these shoppers would rather pick out gifts online. 

"I'm a geek, professional nerd so I prefer computers over coming in to pick it up," Wirtmiller said.

"Don't have to worry about someone knocking you over, pushing you over to get stuff in stock. And they usually have it in stock online any way," Wright said.

But they all agreed, it's more important to remember the true spirit of Christmas. 

"Christmas is not so much about the presents. It's about love and family and getting together and seeing each other," Paden said.

If you still have last minute shopping to do, you have some time. Walmart is open until 8 p.m., Target is open until 9 p.m., and Kmart is open until 10 p.m. 

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