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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Despite the wet, windy and cold weather, last-minute shoppers packed the malls. But experts say not everyone is in the spirit of spending this year.

If the saying is right, these last-minute shoppers saved the best for last. Thousands packed the malls from Modesto to Arden Fair.

“The stores are crowded but what can you do,” shopper Mirei Ramirez said.

However, experts say many Americans may not be in the mood for holiday shopping this year.

Afterall, there are a lot on our minds these days, like the cleanup of Superstorm Sandy, the Conneticut school shooting, and the fast-approaching fiscal cliff.

So some retailers are doing everything they can to entice shoppers. They’re adding more price cuts to already discounted merchandise, and some stores, like Macy’s, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us, stayed open 24-hours.

In Sacramento, shoppers dealt with another reason not to go to the malls this weekend.

“Really nasty, that’s about all I can say,” Brianna Christoferson said of the shopping conditions.

Stormy weather added to the chaos in parking lots.

“It’s pretty bad out there,” shopper Lynn Borja said.

There’s a break in the bad weather Monday, which is one more chance to get those presents, or you might end up like one shopper missing out.

“They didn’t really have her shoe size,” Isaiah Ybarra said of his last-minute shopping experience.

Retailers say they make up to 40 percent of annual sales during the last two months of the year, and count on the last weekend before Christmas for last-minute sales.

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