Published: Dec 13, 2011 3:24 AM EST
Updated: Dec 13, 2011 4:49 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With Christmas less than two weeks away, bargain shoppers are out in full force and looking for savings.  Some shoppers are getting gifts at a fraction of the price.  

You may not find the new iPad at these stores or the high end electronics but you might be able to save enough that you could afford to buy a pricier gift.  We're talking about stores that sell items for prices around $1.

Inside Toot's Dollar Store in downtown Fort Myers, Fred Curdt is working to save every penny he can while making his list and checking it twice.

"When you're on a fixed income like me, you've got to conserve and do what you can do," said Curdt.

Call it a dollar store Christmas.  Owner Skip Mufalli said sales are up 15 percent this Christmas compared to last and some items are flying off the shelf.

"People are in a better mood.  They seem to be looking forward to this holiday finally," said Mufalli.

Mufalli said just about everything in his store is priced from $0.25 to $3.00 meaning you can get a lot for less.

"When the kids open it, like my nieces and nephews, it looks like they have a lot of things to play with and a lot of different things to open up," said Kevin Quinn, a dollar store shopper.

If it's bows or checker sets or maybe even a toy car, dollar stores are where some are shopping to save.

"You probably just get double here then you would anywhere else," said Quinn.

Curdt said not only is he saving on his bottom line, he's helping support local retailers are the same time.

"I don't like to go to the big department stores.  I'd rather go to a small business and buy from them," said Curdt.

At some stores where items are priced around the dollar range, you can go to that store's website and print out a coupon to save even more.