BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Black Friday deals at the Mall of Louisiana have been drawing in crowds.

According to the National Retail Federation, a record-breaking 166.3 million people are expected to shop through the weekend. That’s 8 million more people than last year. 

 Some shoppers say the good deals are helping them deal with inflation. 

“Definitely trying to be more frugal, staying at home a lot because you know gas is ridiculous. Black Friday gives me an opportunity to buy things I don’t usually buy myself,” said Eric Guillard Jr., a shopper.

Despite online shopping becoming more and more popular, for some, shopping in stores remains a tradition.  

I don’t like shopping online. It isn’t for me because it’s a lot of difficulties,” said Seanjae Rismon, a shopper. “I like shopping in-store, leaving out with the bags.” 

The days of pushing and shoving and camping outside of stores are long gone, but there still remain some early birds.

“We got up at 6 o’clock in the morning to get out there,” said Ashton Deeters, a shopper. “It really was not that bad. When we first started there were a lot of people outside, long lines outside.”