POSTED: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 11:18am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm
The holiday shopping season usually kicks off the day after thanksgiving, however, Walmart decided to start the sales now. The retail giant kicked off holiday shopping a few months early offering 100 different toys, from Tonka cars, to Barbies, to board games. All for 10 bucks a pop.
The company wants to tempt shoppers like Janna Gill. "We have a family of five, and then extended family is huge," said Gill. Janna already started her Christmas shopping, but admits she's watching her wallet.
"Of course we've cut back, and we're not buying the monstrous toys that we used to buy. We buy one for the kids to share, and then several for the little ones," Gill said. With a rough economy Walmart is banking on shoppers buying early.
"You do 10 dollars here and 10 dollars there, you don't really feel it rather than doing it all at once. Once you do it all at once, you have this big lump some on top of your bills, so it's kind of hard," said shopper Daisy Mendoza.
And hoping budget conscious buyers take notice. "You have to budget, you have to very much budget. Everything is all about budgeting, and if you didn't know it, you got to learn it," Mendoza said.