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Bargains abound for New Year's shoppers

RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Forget Black Friday, or even the day after Christmas.

Believe it or not, the first day of 2015 comes with huge shopping deals, whether you're looking for something big or small. You just have to know where to look.

"I thought everybody got their Christmas gifts already, but I guess birthdays are around the corner or something," Byram resident Jacobi Holt said. 

For some, it doesn't even matter that Christmas was last week. On this first day of the new year, the gift buying continued, rain or shine.

"With the weather turning later today and everything, I really thought -- and a lot of ball games on today -- I thought there'd be less people out today," Collinsville resident Mark Dean said.

Dillard's in Ridgeland's Northpark Mall is known for its New Year's Day sales. Thursday was no exception.

"It was kinda crazy. There were people everywhere," Holt said. "I went to the watch section, and they were going pretty fast."

What kind of deals? Try double discounts for clothing.

"I just bought a shirt that was originally $75 for $14, so...pretty good sales," Jackson resident Eboni Moore said.

Experts say this week is also the best week to buy a new car, with year-end rebate deals at most dealerships.

One manager we talked to says New Year's Eve was incredibly busy because most rebates expire on Friday.

Another thing driving auto sales right now: the plummeting price of gas. 

Dealers say they sell more gas guzzlers and fewer economical vehicles -- like hybrids -- when fuel prices drop. Thursday's prices reached a five-year low in Byram, at $1.77 a gallon.

That might be why so many shoppers we talked to were from outside the Jackson area.

Dean drove all the way from Collinsville, just north of Meridian.

There's a lot of deals, after-Christmas deals, and people are doing returns and things. The family just wanted to get out today. Been kinda
cooped up with the rainy weather," Dean said.

Some just can't resist the urge, even if they've already shopped a lot this holiday season.

"I don't think I can get shopped out. I like shopping," Moore said. "It's pretty much a hobby, so anytime they're having a sale, you can catch me here."

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