5 Early Shopping Tips to Beat the Holiday Rush

Start Before Black Friday

According to a 2009 survey conducted by PriceGrabber.com, American shoppers are getting a head start on the holiday shopping season -- 22 percent of shoppers started their holiday shopping in October and 29 percent in November.

Not only is this tactic good for beating the crowds, but it's also a way to ensure that you get the gifts on your list. Many retailers have scaled back on their inventory as a way to avoid end-of-season overstock and unplanned markdowns. Once the popular items are gone, they're gone. In other words, the early bird gets the Twilight Barbie doll.

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