By WVUA 23 Reporter Amanda Hull

Halloween isn’t until next week, but this holiday shopping season is expected to be a big one. The Alabama Retail Association predicts holiday spending will increase about 3% this year in Alabama.

Local businesses are excited to welcome shoppers into their stores this holiday season, said Perfect Touch employee Aiden Farrish.

“Shopping online? You don’t know how it is going to fit you,” Farrish said. “You can order stuff all the time and it’s not going to fit you. It’s just not the same as when you’re here trying it on because then you know how it really looks and you’re not wasting time buying it, getting it shipped and it not going to work.”

Another benefit of shopping locally is the economic boost it has on the community.

“Shopping online also takes away money from your community, where tax dollars are going back into the things we use every day,” said Farrish.

Alabama Credit Union Marketing Manager Kelley Porter said she wants to remind people to watch their budget when thinking about holiday shopping.

“Everybody knows their budget, so make sure you shop within your limits,” Porter said. “It is up to you and how you choose to do it. We know that we want to share and be able to give at the holiday season, but making sure you have it in your account is the No. 1 priority.”

According to the ARA, shoppers across the state are expected to spend $360 million more than they did last year.

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