Here's Why It's Never Too Early To Start Christmas Shopping
Posted By Noah Staum on August 28th, 2019
Wait, aren’t we just finishing up with summer? That may be so, but there are many reasons why it’s not too early to start your Christmas shopping now.
Consider these tips for making sure both you and your finances have a holly-jolly holiday this year.
Spread The Christmas Bill
Just like Christmas cheer, spreading your Christmas bills out over time will make you happier. This is the biggest reason to start Christmas shopping earlier rather than later.
Last year, it was estimated that about 44 percent of Christmas shoppers had at least $1,000 in debt from the holidays. Why deal with so much debt during such a joyous time of year?
Spreading your shopping expenses out over months will not only save you from a high credit card bill come the New Year, but it will also give you more wiggle room to spend on other jolly things over the holidays. Check out this guide to get you started on the perfect budget that you can build your holiday expenses into.
When you plan ahead for your Christmas shopping, it’s easier to find the best prices on what you’re looking for, as you’re not under as much of a time crunch. Saving your Christmas shopping for late November and December forces you to pay whatever prices are available at the time.
Avoid The Shipping Rush
Though there lots of ways to get free shipping, everything gets majorly backlogged during the holiday season. There is a lot more to worry about when you shop online during December. How much will the shipping cost? Will items arrive on time? Are they even available for shipping?
As Christmas gets closer, you have to keep track of and worry about the shipping deadlines for every major delivery service. This is a headache that is easily avoidable if you start shopping early.
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Better (More Thoughtful) Gifts
There’s a reason Santa plans for Christmas all year long. Okay, sure, his gift list is a bit longer than yours, but it’s also about the thought that goes into those presents.
The more time you give yourself to think about and look for gifts, the more chances you have to think of something more thoughtful that the person will love. This can happen through your train of thought or by simply coming across the perfect gifts in unexpected places. You also may think of a more personalized gift, such as a homemade one or an experience, that takes more time to plan and put together.
More Sale Opportunities
Not only will you think of more thoughtful gifts if you start early, but you’ll also have the opportunity to get them for the best prices. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the go-to's for Christmas shopping, there are many huge sales days and weekends throughout the year that you could be taking advantage of.
Labor Day sales in September are great for clothing discounted by retailers to move the remainder of their back-to-school products. It also has some of the best sales of the year on appliances. Kitchen appliances make great Christmas gifts! In October, Columbus Day offers sales on clothing and home goods.
For future years, make sure to keep an eye out for sales for Presidents Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Amazon Prime Day in July and tax-free weekends for your state or neighboring states, which tend to fall in August. Be sure to also look into the best end of summer sales and the best time of year to buy everything.