We are trying to buy a new printer today and I think we will be using a little trick That Husband learned a few years back. The story goes like this…

Once upon a time, That Husband went to Wal-mart on Black Friday. Walking into this store on this day in particular usually results in elbows in your side, knocks to the head, and possible death by trampling. Except That Husband strolled in sometime in the afternoon, after the madness was over. He walked right by everyone angling for the same electronics, meandered over toward the DVD section and picked up several DVD’s NOT marked down by Wal-mart. You see, he had a trick up his sleeve.

He took ads from Staples, Best Buy, and other big name retailers and looked at what DVD deals they were offering. He found those DVD’s at Wal-mart, walked up to the register, and asked for a price match. The cashier had no idea what he was talking about, but the manager understood right away. So he walked out of Wal-mart with some insanely good deals on DVD’s without participating in the Black Friday madness in any way.

Moral of the story: Find out which stores price match. As long as the coupon or ad you are holding does not mention anything about “limited quantities” you are safe to avoid the crowds and feel elite about scoring such fantastic deals after sleeping in that morning. I’m sorry I don’t have any tricks for avoiding the nasty traffic though.