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Attention, shoppers: Ready to brave biggest shopping day of the year?

Jackie Rosen and news staff | posted Wednesday, Dec 23rd, 2015

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If you plan to head out for some last-minute shopping on Wednesday, you’re likely to brave the biggest crowds you’ve seen all year.

Today is expected to be the busiest day of the year at stores across Canada.

Statistics from Interac show that Dec. 23 – not Christmas Eve – was Canada’s busiest shopping day in 2014.

So where are Canadians most likely to spend their money? More than a third of their money will be spent stocking up on food items for our big dinners, or simply because most grocery stores will be closed on Friday and Saturday.

Canadians’ second favourite destination on Dec. 23 are discount stores, followed by purchases of liquor, beer and wine.

Meanwhile, according to Moneris reports Canadian spending over the first two weeks of this month was 4.5 per cent than the comparable period last year, and spending on international credit cards is up.

Spending in Ontario was up close to eight per cent over last year.

Canadians are also 138 per cent more likely to be using tap to pay services.

And a note to last-minute shoppers: Keep in mind that not all stores will extend their hours during crunch time, so it’s best to check the facts online before you head out.

Click here for a list of what’s open and closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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