Plan ahead, have a big holiday

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - By preparing a little bit early, you can still afford a big holiday for your family. If your credit card's maxed out, or maybe you're tired of high interest rates, there are other options.

"Put it on a credit card then you pay more for it in the end," said Julie Rivers, a layaway shopper.

K-Mart's layaway plan is attracting shoppers from near and far.

"We get quite a few customers from Dallas," said Michael Oxenreider.

"We actually live in Athens and so Christmas holiday is coming up we decided to drive to Longview," said Rivers.

Layaway began during the great depression. Credit cards put it on the back shelf for a while, but now, just how big is layaway's return?

K-Mart let us in their stock room to see where they keep all their layaway items. Shelves were already filling up with everything you can imagine for Christmas items and holiday gifts. We even found a lawn mower.

K-Mart offers an eight week program. There's a standard $5 layaway fee plus $10 should you cancel. Tiffany Dowell, a soon-to-be mother, says it's the only way she can afford things.

"A crib, a bassinet, everything, blankets, and it all costs too much at one time with the economy the way it is," said Dowell.

"They've put socks and underwear and clothes," said Carol Cleveland, a K-Mart employee.

"Big TV's, big purchase items," said Oxenreider.

Whatever it is you need, you can find layaway at stores like Sears, Marshall's, K-Mart, and Burlington Coat Factory.

A website called, has seen its business double. K-Mart in Longview says they expect sales to be up about 10% because of Christmas layaways.

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