Do a Practice Run
After you’ve narrowed down what you’re searching for and where to find it, visit the store ahead of time to see the items in person, Spencer suggested. If you’re eyeing a pair of boots, for example, go in early to try them on, find the right size and make sure they’re what you want, she advised. “When the sale hits, you can run in and grab it instead of standing there,” Spencer said. Also, see if the sale is offered online, so you can avoid the holiday traffic altogether.
Kathy Spencer, Author of "How to Shop for Free"