The Associated Press has reported that shopping is down nationwide this holiday season. Apparantely, the looming fiscal cliff has scared shoppers into being more frugal with purchases.
The lull that followed Black Friday has been even more pronounced than in years past. Sales fell 4.3 percent for the week ending December 15.
The Saturday before Christmas was expected to be the biggest sales day behind Black Friday but stores across the country say that was not the case.
It has reportedly been the worst holiday shopping season since 2008, when the U.S. was at the start of the recession.
Though holiday shopping numbers are down nationally, people in Abilene didn't seem to adjust their spending habits this year. Several businesses in Abilene say shopping was pretty normal and even better than last year in some cases.
People in Abilene stuck with their usual shopping rituals despite the possibility of another recession.
"We ended up spending the same as we did last year or maybe even a little bit more," said shopper Kendall Greiner.
She said the fiscal cliff did not affect her buying this Christmas.
"It wasn't something that was on my mind," said Greiner.
That mentality paid off for many businesses in Abilene.
"It's been really good for us," said Kids Village owner Anne Pierce of her stores sales during the holidays.
She said holiday sales are up from last year, by double digits.
Even big box stores say they saw little change from last year.
Though several didn't have specifc numbers, most said sales were generally up.
Texas Star Owner Glenn Dromgoole says theirs are up too.
"We had a good Christmas. I've said it before, we feel like we're farmers. We plant this crop and we hope it makes. And this year it made. It was good," said Dromgoole.
He said the six-week period that makes up the holiday shopping season accounts for one-third of their total business.
"It's critical. Without that holiday season we'd be dead in the water," said Dromgoole.
He couldn't be happier that shoppers in Abilene didn't follow along with that national norm.
"We were very pleased. I think we'll be able to stay in business awhile," he said.
Even though there has not been a notable dip in sales, many stores are offering deep discounts in the days following Christmas.