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We all love the holidays, but it can also be a stressful and expensive time of year. I’m a procrastinator, so I would be the person who went the last week before Christmas all the way until Christmas Eve, gathering all of the leftover gifts and standing in roller coaster long lines.
If this is you too, then you’ll love these tips.
Here’s why you should start Christmas shopping early
1. You can be more thoughtful with your gifts and sentiment
When time isn’t pressing you to pick a gift in a matter of days, you will have enough room in your planning to get your friends and family something they’ll really love and use. It won’t look like a last minute gift and you’ll look like such a thoughtful person.
2. Shopping early will save you a lot of money
The more time you have, the more you can research prices. You can also plan ahead when you know that a store will have a sale or a coupon or a combination of both. So, you have time to be picky with what you buy and you don’t have to settle for an expensive mediocre gift.
3. Planning ahead and staying ahead of the game minimizes your holiday stress
There is nothing more stressful than the holidays. With the planning of the gatherings, travel, family visits, shopping, cooking and everything else that comes with the blessed holiday, it can add a lot of stress and anxiety. Eliminate some of that stress by getting some of your to-do list out of the way early. The more you can plan ahead, the less stress you will have. It’s amazing how much more enjoyable the holidays can be when you get more done ahead of time.
Here are ways to get you started on shopping early
1. Start your list and shop in the Summer
It’s so easy to wait until after Thanksgiving to start your Christmas list and join in on the Black Friday frenzy. But there’s a much easier way. If you start in summer, you can score some awesome deals at a gradual pace, so you’ll accumulate all the gifts on your list, a few each month. It saves you from the last minute panic, trust me.
2. Save a little cash each month
I find that this is one of the easiest ways to create a budget and make small changes in your monthly spending so that you aren’t spending a ton in December. Your wallet will thank you.
3. Create a gift closet
Stock up on great deals you find throughout the year with certain people in mind. It will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Many department stores have monthly sales that are going to save you a lot of money.
4. Take advantage of your rewards
We usually get those store ads with rewards almost every month. This is great time to start using them each month to buy a gift or two and store them away. The great thing is that the more you use their rewards and stock up on more points through your purchases, the more rewards you receive.
5. Use the couponing sites
Last year, I was able to score some really amazing gifts for kids and adults because I signed up for the Krazy Coupon Lady app and Facebook page. I was alerted with screaming deals for things like the gel manicure starter kit equipped with the curing machine, crockpots and other household mini appliances, and clothing. It helped me stock up along the year and I was even able to bulk up my gift closet. It’s such a helpful tool!
I hope these tips were helpful to you. I used these tools last year and they made such a difference in the way I was able to enjoy the holidays with my loved ones. This is one place that we can have full control and plan ahead to help save us time, money, and stress.