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One of the busiest shopping days of the year

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The Saturday before Christmas usually sees the most shoppers looking for that perfect gift.  Some retailers say they see more shoppers that day than on Black Friday.

Tyler Meochert and his friends were some of the many shoppers who waited until the last minute to buy their holiday gifts.

"Shopping in general isn't my cup of tea so I just wait until the last minute," said Meochert.

Meochert was just one of the holiday shoppers crowding into Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids Saturday. Some came with a plan.

"I have a list," said Carie Binhammer.  "We try to stick to the list but you know how that goes.  It doesn't always happen."

Others say they're hunting for bargains.

"Just browsing," said Rosetta Davis.  "I picked up what I needed."

Some say shopping at the last minute is actually one of their holiday traditions.

"Usually it's a money situation, when I get paid and stuff," said Winfred Davis.  "It's just a ritual for me. That's the way I've always been doing it."

"It's tradition every year," said Becky Copeland.  "We pick a day and try to get as much one as we can."

Copeland says she and her best friend are usually done with their shopping by this point in the year. They say even though they waited they're finding good deals.

"This was the Saturday to go," said Copeland.

With just three days until Christmas, these shoppers know time is running out.

Shoppertrak predicts holiday sales from this year will be up 2.5% over last year.

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