REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Christmas is less than a week away but many people in Sussex County are waiting to do their shopping at the last minute, hoping to grab end-of-the-season bargains.
At the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach, shoppers told WBOC it is the year-end sales boasting 50, 60 even up to 70 percent off merchandise, as well as fewer lines in the stores, that lure them to do last minute shopping.
Among those shopping at the outlets was Judy Collier and her daughter, Taylor, who said they won't be returning to shop until next week, so they can avoid the weekend crowds.
"I'll wait until Monday, when everybody's gone and then finish up from there," said Collier. "Most of the shopping is probably going to be down here," she said.
Collier enjoys taking advantage of the holiday deals retailers are offering, but she is mainly scouting stores to get creative ideas to make more personalized gifts for her family, saving her a little more money and making the gift exchange more special in the end.
Retailers are making every last-ditch effort to reel in customers who still need to finish, or even start, their Christmas shopping.
Jim Anderson of Arlington, Va. owns a home in Rehoboth Beach where he plans to spend Christmas with his parents, brother and nephews through New Year's.
Anderson said he takes full advantage of the last minute deals stores are offering now.
"My brother and I will go back tomorrow," said Anderson, "Probably back here at the outlets."
Despite the crowded parking lot at the outlets on the last Friday before Christmas, a National Retail Federation survey says nearly half of holiday shoppers will continue their shopping online.
A CBS Money Watch report suggests shoppers have a strategy to save time, money and stress while last minute shopping.
Narrowing down the shopping list, setting time limits, packing snacks to avoid eating out and comparing prices before buying, are just a few of the helpful tips shoppers can do to stretch their dollar further.