It’s about that time of year!
No matter where or when you shop, Thursday will kick the sprint toward the holidays off!
Some of you may go shopping before even serving the turkey on Thanksgiving or very early Friday morning. Others may want to head into Old Town the following Saturday for the Small Business Saturday. And many of you will probably grab your laptop to search for deals on Cyber Monday.
According to the annual shopping forecast done by National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, an estimated 69% of Americans will shop between next Thursday and Cyber Monday. That is around 164 million people!
The survey included the 5 day spread of deals between Thursday and Monday for the first time this year.
As it comes as no surprise, Black Friday is still the busiest day during that time with 70% of people planning to shop then. If you have seen the articles that claim Black Friday isn’t a thing anymore, then it may come as a surprise to you.
In the survey conducted, shoppers were asked what it is they enjoy about shopping during the holidays. The majority said it is because of family tradition (35%), the second biggest group said because of the holidays decorations/displays (23%) and the last group said it’s to find the perfect gift for someone (18%).
“While the utility of the weekend will continue to draw shoppers into stores and online to efficiently and inexpensively check off their lists, we’re also seeing consumers report tradition and the opportunity to partake in holiday cheer as reasons for shopping, too,” Prosper Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said.
“By now, people know what sort of deals they can expect to see during the weekend and are budgeting for them accordingly, and in many cases expertly.”
While there are many who find the craziness and shopping around the holidays exciting, that doesn’t go for everyone. According to the survey, around half of those who do not plan to shop find the experience to be unpleasant.
If you’re the type who loves the busy shopping, here’s what you need to know about stores and their hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday in Fort Collins and Loveland.
Article Credit(s): Pat Ferrier, Cody Frohman; Coloradoan