COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- After two years of pinching pennies because of the down turn in the economy, shoppers took stores by storm this holiday season and it isn't over just yet.
Hundreds if not thousands were out in Columbus today, taking advantage of after Christmas sales.
"What bring you out to the mall today? Sales, you know cheap discounts and everything," one shopper said.
"We're looking for some sales last minute things, things we didn't get during Christmas, just looking for those sales something 20 to 50 percent off," shopper Sheila Rudeshein said.
The National Retail Federation predicts spending this holiday season will reach 451.5 billion dollars. That's up 3.3 percent over last year. The economy isn't out of the woods just yet un-employment rates are still at all time high.
So why the sudden rush to retail lines? Shoppers today say the answer is simple. They are trying to get all they can without spending a lot of cash.
"We try to do the bargain and everything we're coming here to the mall and then we are going to the strip mall, Kohl's had a sale and we're just going to go look for sales," shopper Sheila Rudeshein said.
Sales that make the almighty dollar stretch even further, allowing consumers to a bang for their bucks.
Shoppers came by the hundreds at Columbus Park Crossing today and the same can be said about peach tree mall.
"My son he was actually the one involved in the shopping activities I think he did good because he walked out with a bag full of stuff and obviously he was able to find some good deals," Anthony Wilcoxson said.
"I'm just shopping for myself now everyone else has their gifts," a shopper said.