Shoppers out despite financial woes - New York News

Last minute shoppers hit stores on Christmas Eve despite financial woes

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The last minute dash to catch a deal the Sunday before Christmas was clouded with concerns about the economy for some holiday shoppers.

"The economy is not doing so well," said Albano Latifi, of Elmwood Park. "If you're preparing for tax hikes and stuff like that, fiscal cliffs, you have to save in order to spend on those taxes once they do come."

The sounds of the holiday shopping season were drowned out by concerns about the possibility of tax increases, spending cuts and still no deal in Washington.

Yet despite the looming fiscal cliff droves of shoppers decked the aisles.

"I got some jewelry from Tiffany's, I got some shoes, some perfume and stuff like that for everyone and family," Latifi said.

He said he saw more discount sales this year at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie.

And in Chicago's Loop, other shoppers took to retail stores like Target.

"I actually got a handheld massager for $16.99, which is going to my mom," Tamara Jones, of Chicago, said. "I got a Brita filter for someone, so there's definitely some deals if you look hard enough."

Big deals at the big box stores attracted swarms of holiday shoppers. That's despite new research from Bankrate.com that says one in three Americans has cut back on personal spending in the past month due to looming uncertainty.

"I definitely take more consideration into the things that I do purchase," Jones said. "The fiscal cliff is something that is in the back of my mind, but I just try to shop smart regardless of what's going on economically."

At the Macy's downtown, tourist Katie Dowd said she's doing her part to boost the economy and holiday cheer, despite financial concerns.

"I think it's definitely busier and for me personally, my job is going well," Dowd said. "So I'm happy to spend the money on my family and the ones I love."

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dead cats found hanging from trees in Yonkers

    Dead cats found hanging from trees in Yonkers

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:03:00 GMT
    SPCA of Westchester photoSPCA of Westchester photo
    Police are investigating the discovery of at least two dozen dead cats found inside plastic bags hanging from trees in Yonkers Thursday, according to the SPCA of Westchester. Some of the cats were badly decomposed but others appeared more recently killed.
    Police are investigating the discovery of at least two dozen dead cats found inside plastic bags hanging from trees in Yonkers Thursday, according to the SPCA of Westchester. Some of the cats were badly decomposed but others appeared more recently killed.
  • Some residents return after NJ brush fires force evacuations

    Some residents return after NJ brush fires force evacuations

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-04-25 02:42:55 GMT
    A school and many homes in Ocean County, N.J., were evacuated on Thursday afternoon because of several brush fires that were fanned by winds. Some residents returned a few hours later. The largest fires burned about 300 acres around Berkeley Township. Firefighters had about 30 percent contained late Thursday night.
    A school and many homes in Ocean County, N.J., were evacuated on Thursday afternoon because of several brush fires that were fanned by winds. Some residents returned a few hours later. The largest fires burned about 300 acres around Berkeley Township. Firefighters had about 30 percent contained late Thursday night.
  • 'Here Lies Love'

    'Here Lies Love'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:33:22 GMT
    "Here Lies Love" tells the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. History meets disco literally as the story is told in a nightclub.Ruthie Ann Miles plays Marcos. Miles admits a big challenge is bringing to life a woman with views vastly different from her own and giving that to show-goers. "As an actor you believe in yourself," Miles says. "You need to be your own best friend, your own biggest supporter so that the audience can come on a journey with you."
    "Here Lies Love" tells the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. History meets disco literally as the story is told in a nightclub.Ruthie Ann Miles plays Marcos. Miles admits a big challenge is bringing to life a woman with views vastly different from her own and giving that to show-goers. "As an actor you believe in yourself," Miles says. "You need to be your own best friend, your own biggest supporter so that the audience can come on a journey with you."
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices