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Last Minute Shopping Blitz

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- The race is on to finish shopping in these final hours leading up to Christmas. Many shoppers are dealing with the panic of procrastination.

If you did venture out Monday, you probably found yourself in the middle of a traffic jam, especially if you were near any type of retail store. The National Retail Federation says about 32 million shoppers wait until the last minute before buying a single gift.

"We didn't leave with a plan, we just left the house and made it up as we went," said Lucas Montgomery of Waynesville.

Lots of last minute shoppers had the same idea, which left many roads lookijng like parking lots.

"I kind of enjoy putting it off a little bit. My wife hates it but I like saving a little for the last two nights," said Kevin Montgomery of Preble County.

"We do this every year. It'll be fine, it always works out," Hammonds said.

Well, you better pack your patience if you do hop on the last minute shopping bandwagon. It took us several minutes to drive just a few feet down S.R. 725 near the Dayton Mall Monday.

"You got to watch yourself. I purposely stay away from the mall and 725 and 741 because it's pretty hairy up there," Montgomery said.

But if you want to take advantage of the last minute deals and extended hours many big name stores are offering, you'll probably be forced to battle some major traffic headaches.

"We're not even done. We came up with more ideas when we were out here so we have to wake up early tomorrrow and come back out," Hammonds said.

If you still have shopping to do, some major retailers are still open Monday night. Stores like Toys R Us, Macy's and Kohl's are staying open until Tuesday evening.


 
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