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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Shopping the week before Christmas could pay off for procrastinating consumers.

The National Retail Federation says they expect retailers will once again be competitive on price and value options in the final stretch.

"I've found buy one, get another one half off," said shopper Karen Rimmer. "I'm not an internet shopper because I like a personal touch."

The federation says almost 90 percent of Americans still have Christmas shopping to do.

"Today is the day," said Lenora McCandless, who, along with her husband Chris, were finishing their shopping list Monday. "I feel like we found exceptional deals today and we are finding what we want as well, the stock is still really good."

A survey conducted by the NRF shows that while some wait until the last minute to get deals, 48 percent plan to wait to shop during those after Christmas sales.

"We set ourselves a budget, we are not going over that," said shopper James Sturdivant, who believes the key to saving during holiday shopping is to stick to your budget. "If we can't get it for that, that's it."