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Here’s one for the Grinch in all of us: Consumer Reports conducted a poll and asked what we dread most about the holiday season. The top ranking humbugs were long lines and crowds (64 percent), aggressive shopping center drivers (55 percent) and bad traffic (54 percent).
Sure, you could just hit the Internet and get the holiday shopping done there — but if you’d like to see the windows, touch the merchandise, and talk to associates, consider these suggestions:
- Go on the right days. December 20, 21, 26 and 29 rank high on ShopperTrak’s top days to avoid this holiday season. That gives you a window of today through Friday (and a couple days next week) to shop.
- Let Google be your guide. Enter the name of the store you want to go into the search engine and up will come a list of the most popular store hours. At Bloomingdales, in NYC, for example, there’s a clear rush at lunch time and pretty consistent traffic expected until 6 p.m — but after 8 p.m. the crowds die down.
- Shop where you are. If you’re already hitting a warehouse store to load up on food for a holiday celebration, see if you can knock off some of the items on your list while you’re there.
Come back tomorrow to see the next holiday savings tips unlocked!