ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Layaway is growing in popularity and this year, Stateliners will have even more time to stuff their stockings. Several retailers have extended their layaway programs. More people are getting a head start this Christmas season.
“Oh yea, especially if you got nosy kids." Instead of hiding Christmas gifts in the closet this year, Victoria McCann will be storing them in a shopping cart. She's taking part in the Toys “R” Us layaway program. "They try to peak in the bags, we got to tie the bags and bring them in when they’re not home," said McCann.
100 dollars in toys is already in layaway, which she says helps her budget. "Toys are getting more expensive and we're hard on money me and my husband so we just put a layaway on and it’s a lot easier," said McCann.
Due to popular demand, stores like Toys “R” Us and Wal-Mart started offering layaway options in early September. Now customers can pay off their gifts at any time.
Stacy Welitschinsky says she likes to avoid the hectic holiday rush. "You got a lot of people around you, you might hastily just buy this and buy that to get it done. Now you can have time to think about what you're putting aside," said Welitschinsky.
With two kids, she says she didn't always start her Christmas shopping this early. "I used to not because they didn't offer layaway at many stores. Now I’m taking advantage of it," said Welitschinsky.
She says thanks to layaway, shopping for her kids is one less thing she has to worry about. "Makes you feel better to have everything accomplished and all done with it before Christmas," said Welitschinsky.
Toys “R” Us requires layaway customers to make a 20% down payment. All orders must be paid in full and picked up by December 16th.