Ready, set, shop: The last minute will come fast this holiday shopping season

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / People move about at Hamilton Place Mall on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Long before the Thanksgiving dishes are stacked in the sink and family tensions have been lowered to a simmer, the holiday shopping season has already begun.

"We're seeing more stores having sales earlier, more that are open on Thanksgiving," said Taylor Bostwick, marketing director for Hamilton Place mall. "It does make for a less chaotic Black Friday, and it gives shoppers opportunities to get the deals they want and shop the way they want."

Both online and in-store bargains have spread holiday discounts across the month of November, and many stores are open on Thanksgiving to give shoppers a jump on their spending, Bostwick said.

"People have the option to have the Thanksgiving meal and then get out of the house after the meal," she said. "Others want to do Cyber Monday, or they shop local on Small Business Saturday."

But