Dec 24, 2013 6:36 PM by Kari Beal

Christmas Eve shoppers snatch deals with stores extended hours

For many on Christmas Eve, last minute shopping is on their to-do list. Consumer Reports say over 100 million people waited until the week before Christmas to finish shopping last year. In Lafayette shoppers are still cramming those last few hours and everyone out has a well known excuse.

"Desperation, we are great procrastinators and we put it off to the last minute so here we are," said Lafayette shopper Stephen Ferguson.

Best Buy general manager said he knows exactly what shoppers look for.

"Popular items are going to be small televisions, tablets, laptops and cameras and cell phones are probably the most popular last-minute gift," said Daniel Sinitair, Best Buy General Manager.

One shopper showed a some strategy can help check off all gifts on the list.

"We have a big tech family so we came to Best Buy. I think that is the best place to get everything in one spot," said shopper Drake Alexander.

If not today, there's still plenty of shopping to do during the holiday season.

"We saw some things we wanted today and figured we would come back when it's less crowded," said Ferguson.

For those still trying to snatch a few more gifts some stores have extended hours. These are the hours for big stores on Christmas Eve:

Wal-mart (all locations) open until 8 p.m.
Target (Louisiana Ave, Lafayette) open until 9 p.m. (Ambassador Caffrey) open until 10 p.m.
K-mart (New Iberia) open until 10 p.m.
Toys "R" Us (Lafayette) open until 9 p.m.

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