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Benefits to last minute holiday shopping

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By: Melissa Randall

Twitter: @MelissaARandall

With less than a week to go until Christmas many shoppers still have presents on their list of items to buy.  The last Saturday before the holiday, dubbed "Super Saturday", is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Customers are expected to fill malls and shopping plazas as they scramble to get all those last minute gifts before time runs out.

According to the Wall Street Journal shoppers should be about 50% done by this time, but one group who tracks consumers says, on average, people have only completed about 44%. Another poll, complied by Rasmussen, says about a quarter of American's, or 26%, haven't even begun their shopping.

But there may be benefits to waiting so long. Retailers are offering extended hours, free shipping, and deals. Procrastinators may find deeper savings than were seen on Black Friday.

This year's holiday shopping season is shorter than normal. Typically there are five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year there were only four.

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