Last Minute South Florida Shoppers Are Out in Full Force in South Florida

Many shoppers say it's worth waiting until the last minute to get the best deals.

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    Last minute Christmas shoppers were out in full force in South Florida. Some people said that waiting until the last minute was helping to get them better deals. (Published Monday, Dec. 23, 2013)

    Last minute Christmas shoppers were out in full force in South Florida.

    "This is the last thing I needed, I'm done," said shopper Melissa Rodriguez  at the gigantic Sawgrass Mills.

    She works in retail so has been experiencing the mad rush to get the presents under the tree from both sides.

    But don't beat yourself up too badly--- procrastinators and everyone else actually had six fewer shopping days between Thanskgiving and Christams because Thanksgiving fell later in November this year.

    And so the marathon is on with many retailers once again expanding hours to lure customers like Anthony Passarielle

    "Its beneficial being open later, helps us, people that have to work," he said.

    At Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, folks were on a mission in search of bargains. Waiting behind a roped line outside of Coach to use coupons.

    A total of 167 million Americans will shop online, according to Market research company Forrester.

    But shoppers are expected to shop at traditional brick and mortar stores in the days ahead of Christmas.

    "Consumers are more likely to shop in stores this weekend simply because they don't want to have to worry that their packages won't arrive on time," said Trae Bodge of Retailmenot.

    Since retailers can make up to 40 percent of their revenue in the last two months of the year, it can often mean deep discounts for consumers.

    "Definitely 70 percent off, 80 percent off," said Stacy Basco, speaking of the deals that will get her inside the door.

    Many shoppers like her say they've waited for the last minute, to reap the benefits of aggressive discounting.

    "It's worth it, it is," Basco said.