I am not a fan of stores being open on Thanksgiving Day and I am sure the heck not going to go out on the Friday after Thanksgiving to do any shopping. I leave that to the crazy bargain hunters. (Personally, I value my life!) Black Friday may be the busiest day to shop during the holiday season, but is that really the best day to shop? Here's a little shopper's pro secret -- wait until December 4th. A new study from ShopperTrak says Wednesday, December 4th, is the best day to shop for gifts if you want to avoid the crowds.

  • ShoperTrak also discovered that the appeal of Black Friday is at a five year high with 55% of saying we'll likely shop at some point during the day.
  •  9 out of 10 of us are planning to do at least some of our shopping online with a quarter of us using our mobile phone or tablet. That's up a little from last year.
  •  A recent survey by Visa found we plan to spend between $301 and $800.
What about you? Are you planning to shop on Thanksgiving day? Black Friday? How much have you budgeted for your holiday shopping this year? Leave your comments below.