Happy Holiday: Early Bird Christmas Shopping
There are many people who feel that Christmas is something for the month of December only and refuse to discuss or partake in anything remotely festive until the week before “the big day”. However, there are others who love the idea of being organized and prepared well in advance. Not only do they feel it stops stress building up and making the holiday season unbearable, but they also believe it saves them money and time too. Can starting your Christmas shopping early really be of benefit? Or is it just a clever marketing ploy to get you to part with your hard earned dollars sooner?
Firstly, you can look online throughout the year, for strong deals on products you know your loved ones might like/want. Buying in advance then means you’re organized well ahead of time and can often shop around more to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. It also means you can spread the cost of shopping over several months, rather than blowing all your December and January money on gifts – leaving very little left for necessities.
It means you can have everything bought, wrapped up and put away, leaving more time to get on with making sure you have plenty time to stock up on groceries and party food, and more time to spend with your family rather than having the last few days before the holiday starts running around manically and feeling fit to burst.
It can be harder, unless you’re super-efficient and organized to keep track of what you’ve spent, if you start early. By December you can sometimes find you’ve spent more than you intended to.
Sometimes if you buy gifts early and find they’re faulty or defective in some way, you might not be able to return them as they are out of their money back guarantee, or it is simply too late.
Buying too early also means you run the risk of the person buying the present for themselves in the meantime.
Sometimes it means you can miss out on good packages and deals, especially on electrical items or this years “must have” toys as you get closer to the festive season. It can on occasion be worth keeping a little money aside for such things so you have an emergency dollar fund to go into!
The Best of Both WorldsSometimes it is generally better to try and get the best of both worlds. Perhaps keep all your Christmas shopping for December, but make sure you save and carefully budget throughout the year so you can be sure you have enough cash to splash on the ones you love. If you do see a too good to miss offer, allow yourself to buy it, but only once you’re sure you can’t get it cheaper elsewhere. Planning ahead can be good, but so can leaving a little to the last minute to really get the most bang for your buck!
Written by Juliette Foster