Be smart about store stocking
The days of running from store to store trying to find the hot toy are over, because most stores have added online services that can tell you which location has a product in stock. Many also offer ship-to-store options or same-day delivery. If they don't, call before you go. If the store doesn’t have an item, make them do the work of calling other locations to locate what you want. Timing is key, Emily Vanek, editor of ColoradoMoms.com, said. She advises, if possible, to go shopping at lunch on Fridays, when stores are freshly stocked.