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If you thought the holiday shopping frenzy was finished, think again.

For some hitting the stores for bargains, the day after Christmas is as much of a tradition as Black Friday.

Walmart opened at 5 a.m. Thursday morning with deep discounts, and shoppers were ready.

"We were here at a quarter 'til (five)," Sheri Enfield said.

The whole family -- which includes her husband, Martin, daughter Amanda and Amanda's boyfriend, Dennis Keeler -- gets into the act.

Though it's a family tradition for the Enfields, this was Keeler's first year checking out the after-Christmas sales.

Each of the four maneuvered a shopping cart as they first scoped out the bargains. Then they began filling the carts with Christmas supplies for next year, as well as cologne sets and toiletries, all on sale.

"We don't do Black Friday, (so) it's a way of stretching our Christmas dollar," Amanda Enfield said.

By 7:30 a.m., their van was loaded, and they were ready to hit the road to celebrate Christmas with extended family, Sheri Enfield said.

Stocking up on after-Christmas bargains means getting up at 3 a.m. for Jessica Dockendorf.

Dockendorf lives in Susank, just north of Hoisington, but makes the trip to Hays every year on the day after Christmas.

"We were here at 5," she said.

Her shopping bags were full of wrapping paper, holiday plates and cologne gift sets.

After some breakfast, she and her shopping companion, Callee Pfannenstiel, were moving on to The Mall in Hays for bargain hunting.

Few shoppers took advantage of the 7 a.m. opening at J.C. Penney Co. Inc., but soon after the store drew some browsers.

It was the first time Sharon Collins, Gorham, hit the after-Christmas sales.

She wasn't looking for anything specific at Penney's, "just shopping because I was off today."