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Nov 21, 2012 11:04 PM by Andy Koen

Shoppers stuff buggies ahead of Thanksgiving

COLORADO SPRINGS - Just hear those registers ringing and money jingling too. Come on, It's a lovely weather for, well, last minute grocery shopping.

"Oh my goodness, it's packed in here," said Carolyn Cathey who came to the King Soopers on Centennial Boulevard Wednesday to pick up her last minute items.

While shopping malls and big box stores may be anxiously waiting for Friday, one of the busiest days for grocery stores is today.

"Oh yeah, (it's) super busy," said shopper Essence Williams. "Like, I'm freaking out in the aisles, I'm like excuse me, excuse me, excuse me."

Even though millions of Americans can't wait to spend their money early for holiday gifts, it seems picking up the groceries is a chore many are choosing to wait on. Williams said she and her mom needed to pick up "just the last minute everything."

Shopper Kim DeVilbiss bought her turkey early in order to defrost it in time. "And then I thought, I can wait. I've got ...12 hours," she said.

The good news for the supermarkets is around 80 percent of us plan to spend a little more on holiday meals this year. That figure comes from a survey of shoppers conducted by the supermarket industry group inmar.

And though Black Friday is typically a slow day at the grocery store, a majority of shoppers surveyed said they would come in if the deals were good enough.

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