Consumer Watch: Holiday shopping deals ahead

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The holiday shopping season got off to a sluggish start. The national Retail Federation found shoppers spent an average of about $407 over Thanksgiving weekend. That’s four percent less than they did in the same period last year, and the first decline since 2009.

141 million Americans shopped in-store or online during the four-day weekend. 131 million were expected to shop online for Cyber Monday, but for others still working on their lists, big days remain between now and December 25.

The second Monday in December is known as "Green Monday" -- green as in cash -- and it's a huge day for retail. It doesn't get the same buzz as Cyber Monday, but in previous years the deals have been just as good. 

Online shoppers can also take advantage of free shipping day on December 18. Hundreds of e-tailers will participate, with delivery guaranteed by Christmas.

And procrastinators, there's a day just for you. This year it falls on December 21. The Saturday before Christmas has come to be known as "Super Saturday," for the big bucks retailers rake in from last-minute gift buying.

It also marks one of the last big days for stores to clear holiday inventory, meaning discounts may come to those who wait.

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