The holiday hustle and bustle was in full swing across the Valley Monday, as last minute shoppers hurried to beat the clock.
Marty Arredondo says, "I'm doing a little last minute shopping. Trying to finish it off."
"This is out of the ordinary for me right now. Usually I have everything done before now," says Stan Hobbs.
Michael Grimes says, "I'm always a procrastinator."
With that, the Christmas Eve rush takes off. Valley shoppers made a last minute dash to the Fashion Fair Mall.
"It's still a little hectic, but I love shopping," says Megan Mckeon.
Barbara Jennings says, "Just always want more, you know never enough. Always just one more thing, one more thing, one more thing."
According to a Consumer Report survey, about 17 million Americans plan to shop on Christmas Eve. There were a few reasons to explain this procrastination.
Grimes says, "It's more fun. It's a challenge."
"I'm doing what my wife wants me to do. It's easier that way," says Hobbs.
Jose Anguiano says, "I was going to do it yesterday, but I was watching the Cowboys."
Arrendondo says,"Money wise, you know it's hard. So, we do it when we can do it."
The biggest last minute draw were the last minute bargains.
"You do save more money. If I have a budget and I tend to save more than I can squeeze in a second item, so that way I don't look too cheap," says Anguiano.
The shopping and spending spirit has fallen a bit short this year. Some point to recent tragedies in the east coast and worries over the fiscal cliff.
"Things are getting more tight. I don't want to let lose too much money right now," says Hobbs.
Others say the best part about starting the shopping season so late, is finishing.
"Go run out and get a couple of more things and rest and watch Fresno State play tonight," added Grimes.