Holiday Shopping Trends

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM EDT

The clock is ticking for holiday shoppers. There are only two weekends remaining until Christmas and many consumers are "webrooming."

That's the new trend where consumers do their research online and then head to the store to actually make a purchase, according to Harris Interactive. The latest Harris poll says seven in ten Americans, or about 69%, have done this.

Last year, the big trend was showrooming where shoppers look at merchandise in the store, then go home and surf the web to find the best price.

Harris says the most popular site to webroom is

Meanwhile, a poll from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling says 86 percent of consumers intend to spend less than last year on the holidays.

Last year, according to the National Retail Federation, shoppers spent, on average, about $423 on gifts for family. More than $100 went towards candy and food. About $75 dollars was spent on friends, with $52 for decorations and nearly $24 on other gifts. Add in cards, postage and flowers, and the average shopper spent about $752 dollars on the holidays in 2012.

Only time will tell if shoppers stick to those budgets this year.

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