Love the sales, but not the crowds? Don't shop during high-traffic times. Avoid the 9 to 5ers who zip into stores on their lunch hours or right after work, and skip Saturday mornings and afternoons, which are notorious for attracting throngs. Instead, buy online and have your purchase shipped to the store for in-person pick-up. You'll save time and shipping expenses (most stores offer this service free). Plus, you won't be tempted to buy impulse items as you walk through the store. Plan to retrieve your items mid-week and during off-hours. You'll have plenty of elbow room.