It’s probably just dawned on you – it’s the last weekend before Christmas.
And you haven’t done your shopping yet.
The realisation is setting in.
You’ll have to head out – with MILLIONS of other shoppers.
That’s right folks – get set for chaos of epic proportions as today is, unfortunately, ‘Panic Saturday’.
Shoppers up and down the UK are expected to spend £2.6 billion on credit cards in a desperate bid to grab last-minute presents – with stores expected to see a 45 percent increase in customers.
And it’s not just the high street where we’ll be splashing the cash today – online sales are also expected to rocket with shoppers grabbing those lucrative bargains not to be found in store.
Traditionally, ‘Panic Saturday’ sparks a week-long shopping spree – with sky high sales managing to dwarf Black Friday.
Happy group of friends window shopping at Christmas time in Dublin, Ireland
With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, it’s expected that we Brits will spend around £17.6 billion over the coming week – with tills ringing right up until closing time on Christmas Eve.
So basically, we’ll be taking the hunt for last-minute gifts right to the wire.
I mean, why have a day of frantically elbowing shoppers out the way to grab that pyjama set that, really, even your nana wouldn’t want – when you can have a week of it?
Brits will spend £2.6 billion today as high streets get set for 'Panic Saturday'
James Frost, Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer at Worldpay said: ‘We’re entering the most frantically commercial week in the retail calendar, so while bargains are a bonus it’s reliability and convenience that stressed out shoppers will crave over the coming days.
‘For retailers this means putting more staff on the shop floor to offer advice, locate items and take payments, alleviating pressure from the tills as customers queue to purchase items and making the shopping experience painless even at the busiest of times.’
And while you’re out there – be nice to the sho