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Getting Ready For Christmas Already?

Oh my! Going through my RSS reader this morning, I just read a post over at Being Frugal called “Tightwad Tuesday: Christmas in July“. Seems I should start my shopping now in order to save money on Christmas presents. Go check out Lynnae’s post to see how you can save money by starting now!

Christmas. Already. Never mind Christmas, it’s practically August already. Unbelievable!


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  1. Jeff says:

    Dave,

    While I’ve never started shopping in July, I certainly try to start the whole self-licking ice cream cone process of frenzied Christmas shopping before December.

    I find it easier to deal with the financial burden that comes along with the shopping spree. Yes, we do tend to go a bit overboard, but Christmas is that one time of the year that we splurge a bit.

    If I can spread the bills out over a few months it makes it easier to swallow. We usually start the process in October and finish paying the last bill in January.

    Thanks for the post,
    -Jeff

  2. michele says:

    I “holiday shop” all year round. My kids are grown so I don’t have the frenzy of wii or whatever flavor of the month fad to succomb to. I try to buy large ticket items when they are clearanced, or on sale, the closer to November, the less I shop.

    I like to travel a bit, so when I do, I look specifically for things that would be appropriate for gifts. I especially like to find items that are native to the areas I visit, that really can’t be found anywhere else (getting harder and harder thanks to the internet).

    If I go to northern michigan, I buy petosky stone jewelry, If I go to Canada, I try to find something uniquely canadian. I am known pretty much for buying thoughtful, useful gifts that family will actually like and use (this is harder than it seems at times). I make sure to put everything in a set place that I will not forget, and during the christmas season, I might be inclined to pick up a thing or two if it strikes me that the person will like it, but for the past several years, while people are going crazy on Black Friday, I have a quiet day at home and enjoy the peace away from all the frenzy and hype.

  3. david says:

    That’s definitely the way to spend Black Friday! Although I don’t shop all year for gifts, I never go shopping that day. Talk about ridiculous!

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