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I must admit that I am a procrastinator. I often wait until the last minute to get things done. Every year, you will find me strolling through the mall on Christmas Eve to get my Christmas shopping done.

My wife thinks I’m crazy, but I actually like being in the mall on Christmas Eve. The crowds, the music, and the urgency of the moment make me feel energized and festive.

I’ve also managed to snag some great last minute deals. Just last year, I was able to get my son a gaming system for 40% off the regular price. I had visited several stores and the system was sold out. I was getting worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the system and my son would be disappointed on Christmas morning. I could hear my wife’s voice in my head, “Didn’t I tell you that you should have bought it sooner?” These two thoughts motivated me to find that system even if I had to cross state lines.

I stopped at an electronics store hoping that they would have the system in stock and to my surprise, they did. As I reached for one of the systems, a woman tapped me on the shoulder.

“Are you buying one of those?” She asked.

I snatched one of the systems and held it close to to my body. “Yes, why do you ask?”

She pulled out a sales flyer and showed it me. “Another store has it on sale and they price-match at this store. Take this to the cash register and you’ll get the discount.”

“That’s great news,” I said as a took the flyer. “Thank you.”

“I also have a coupon for 20% off that you can have,” she said handing me the piece of paper.

“Wow!” I said. “This is amazing. It’s like a Christmas Eve discount miracle.”

We both laughed at my lame joke and wished each other a Merry Christmas.

This year, I will be out again searching for more last-minute deals. One of my go-to stores is Sears. Now until 12/24, they will be having last-minute shopping sales on tools, jewelry, clothing, and electronics.

If you don’t like dealing with crowds, you can use the convenient Sears App. With it, you can quickly find the right products and compare features, prices and user reviews; find deals, make the most of Shop Your Way points; and make purchases that you can pick-up in-store. Plus, for a limited time, as a special reward for Shop Your Way members who refresh the app or for new members who download it, Sears is offering $5 in points on your next purchase of $15 or more.

To help with your shopping, I’m giving away a $50 Sears gift card to one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, answer the following question in the comments section:

Are you a last-minute shopper or do you complete your holiday shopping early?

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Mocha Dad’s “Sears Gift Card Giveaway” starts on Wednesday, December 24, 2015 and ends on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans 18 years old and older in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Goodall Family Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this website within the past 30 days. One (1) winner will be chosen via and announced soon after the ending date. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my website. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” All opinions are my own. Allow 3-6 weeks for giveaway fulfillment. While Sears has provided promotional support in the form of prizes, Sears is not administering the giveaway on this website. Prize value is approximately $50.