Retailers expected to drop prices on certain items for last-minute Christmas shoppers


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TAMPA, Fla. — “These last days before December 25th are going to be full of sales and deals,” said Kristin McGrath, editor for RetailMeNot.

Shopping experts expect retailers to begin dropping prices on certain items.

“What people can be looking for are very deep discounts in specific categories,” said Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert for

This is the time of year when retailers will also try to get rid of any inventory that isn’t selling well or that they won’t need in the next season. That can include some niche or specific items like holiday decor or holiday-themed products.

“It’s getting to that point in the season where retailers want to clear that merchandise out and make space for the next round of items,” said Bodge.

“Even if you don’t get those things as gifts, those might be some things that are useful for yourself,” said McGrath.

Shopping experts said consumers will also save big this week on beauty products and gift sets.

“I would also say if you haven’t bought a gift for someone because you’re scratching your head, you might want to opt for a gift card. Simply because gift cards year after year are the most popular requested gift according to the National Retail Federation, so you really can’t go wrong,” said Bodge.

Make sure to check online for promo codes and visit coupon sites to find some extra savings or cash-back offers.

Also, consider looking into in-store or curbside pickup.

“If you can do a quick trip to the mall and hit a bunch of stores and check all those remaining gifts off your list versus paying $15, $20 for expedited shipping, that is a huge money waster,” said Bodge.

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