With just three shopping days to go until Christmas the costs are mounting as we stock up on food, drink and presents.
Cheap and cheerful - the bargain retailers profiting from the economic downturn, and how they're taking over our high streets.
The Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth has gone into administration.
More than 60 jobs are being created in Northampton with the opening of a new food store.
The shop, run by Marks and Spencer, will be opened in the Sixfields area on Wednesday.
The store is part of a plan by the retailer to open shops in places away from its traditional high street locations.
There's been criticism today of the way some towns have been spending the money given to them by the initiative backed by retail guru Mary Portas to revive our High Streets.
Not so in Bedford - they're still planning how to use the cash to attract new businesses to the High Street.
Click below for a report from ITV News Anglia's Jim Rice:
Five areas in the east aregetting a share of £10million of government funding to boost their high streets.
After a review into the state of our shopping areas by TV star Mary Portas, Northampton, Ipswich, Stevenage, Uttlesford district - which includes Saffron Walden and Stansted – and Luton will get a £100,000 each.