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Lower gas prices early present for holiday travelers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Temperatures have dipped days before Christmas and so have gas prices.

Many motorists in the Jonesboro area have seen the price of gas drop below $3 during the past week.

The drop in prices come as an early Christmas present, as local drivers and millions of others plan to travel in the next few days.

According to AAA, more than one in four Americans is expected to take a road trip during the holiday season.

Debra Brooks of Bono is not among them, as she and her family plan to stay at home this Christmas.

"We're going to stay home even though gas prices are good and it's the perfect time to travel," Brooks said, "but I'm going to stay home with the family with the kids. My kids will be traveling, going to the in-laws, but we're going to have our time together."

Brooks filled up her car Friday afternoon at Kroger on Caraway Road in Jonesboro, paying $2.83 per gallon. She echoed many drivers, who say saving a little on gas will now allow them to spend more money elsewhere.

"I can put that extra little bit on something else," said Khalilah Parks, a mother of three from Jonesboro.

Parks has a few items left to check off her kids' Christmas list, so she plans to spend a few more dollars on them instead of filling up her truck this weekend.

"[I'm] excited," Parks said about paying less than $3 for gas. "[It's] good that it's during the time when I do need to fill up instead of higher when I fill up and then it goes down. I hate when that happens."

Parks also plans to stay close to home this Christmas, unlike the millions of others traveling this weekend.

AAA estimates more than 93 million people will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays.

Those trips will likely be made merrier thanks to paying less at the pump.

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