Hate holiday shopping crowds? Here are some best bets to avoid them

Shopping on Black Friday is a ritual for some people.{} Checking the ads, making a shopping list, and hitting the stores before the sun comes up.

For some, however, it's a{}nightmare.{} We want to give you some key dates to shop.

ShopperTrak{}crunched the numbers and found the best day to hit the stores is Wednesday, December{}4th.{} December 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 11th are pretty good, too.

Bottom line in all of this: shop early and midweek.{} Customer service may be better then, too.{} Avoid weekends, especially Saturdays,{}and of course, Black Friday, if you hate crowds.