Did you spend what everyone else did on gifts today?
BATON ROUGE - Shoppers took to area stores Wednesday to make last minute buys for Christmas.
As last as 9 p.m., people were still on the streets. Many people had to visit drug or convenience stores because they waited until all other establishments were closed.
Shoppers had procrastinated until the last hour or were too busy to go earlier.
"I came for just a couple of people I forgot about," Kathy Anderson said, who was also being thrifty. "I had some coupons. It ended up working out," she added.
"I got everything I needed for under $30," another shopper said.
And, that is luck. Most shoppers will spend twenty-eight times that!
Experts estimate the average American spent about $861 on gifts. Spending habits are spiking up again after years of cutting back due to the recession.
Of the last ten years, people spent the most in 2004. Then, it was estimated the average holiday season cost someone about $1,004.
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