pay cash only and get only what you know will be a hit..
My tip is to shop on Mondays from 10:0am until 3:00pm. Stores my fill a little around lunch time. The racks are usually restocked and most vendors are willing to extend a weekend bonus/sale one extra day.
If you are good with a budget, then plastic can build bonus pts for you and get you extra % off. You need to make a plan, figure out your budget and be able to stick to it whether you use plastic or cash. If plastic makes spending unreal and you lose touch with how it is adding up, then control your spending by using cash or prepaid debit cards. While cash is a way to control your total spending, please be careful! Don't flash cash in the store and don't carry your entire holiday budget around - just what you expect to spend on the shopping trip.
Stay home and shop online!
Don't go crazy spending all sorts of money. Thoughtful gifts are more memorable. Also don't forget Christmas isn't about how much you spend, shop, or how much you can get. :)
I enjoy the thrill of going on out black-Friday shopping but the one thing that I have learned over the years of BF shopping, is make sure you get some coffee and work hard on your patience! Don't go in with an attitude already because it will only get worse.
I always shop online first and see if there is any good deals or promo codes! Thanks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan ahead and keep a detailed list.
Plan before you go! We shop all year long but there are always a few gifts left to buy in December. We plan exactly what we need to get and for who, set a budget and power shop so that we're done in one day!
Know that presents can't buy love - be thoughtful and kind.
Other than that....Shop Online! :)
Get it done early!
Buy local. Buy American Made. Shop early. Stay on budget. 'Shop' around for best deals. Spend within means. Take advantage of coupons/discounts year round. Don't waste a good coupon, use it and save the item for Christmas.