WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The stores were bustling Saturday evening as many people were out getting those last-minute items for Easter Sunday.

Whether it be food, flowers, candy, or small gifts, thanks to inflation, people are paying a lot more for Easter this year than in the past. Despite these increasing costs, U.S. consumers plan to spend a collective $24 billion on Easter this year, setting a new record high.

“No I don’t think anything, inflation is going to hurt too many people,” said Dave Keaney of West Springfield. “I think you are going to see a lot of people spending money and enjoying Easter as they have for so many years in the past.”

Shoppers were wise to make last-minute trips Saturday night many area supermarkets, malls, and well-known retail stores will be closed Sunday in observance of the holiday.