Holiday shopping tips
Check circulars and pay attention to advertisements.
Take advantage of promotions and special deals, such as $5 off with a $50 purchase.
Know store policies on returns and gift cards before you buy.
Shop early. Merchandise might not be there when you return the next time.
Park in well-lit areas and lock your vehicle.
If possible, leave children with a relative or baby sitter. If you do shop with your children, keep them close at all times.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing expensive jewelry.
Create a checklist of gifts.
Put together a budget.
Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes.
I just thought i'd create a general tips thread based on the information from this news article
Please add your own tips to the thread and i'll update the list