Q: Early Christmas Shopping

erick99
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This might seem like an odd time to ask about Christmas but  every year I end up struggling to buy what I want for my kids and a few other folks (list is small by financial constraints) during November and December.  I know that some folks buy early but I am wondering how early and is it very much of a challenge to know, very far in advance, what you want to buy as gifts?  I am thinking of starting in June this year just so I am not scrambling for funds later in the year.  So, how do you early shoppers do it and, do you do it to spread out the money or are you just into getting things done far in advance?


erick99 posted May 28, 2013
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FibroMom
Erick, I shop for the day after Christmas on for things like stocking stuffers, housewares and other things that I KNOW people I am buying for will need or want... you can find such great deals on different items at different times of the year that cost SO MUCH MORE closer to Christmas. I keep everything in an Excel file listing who it's for, what it cost and the original price - so it all equals out in money "that would have been spent" come Christmas. I have done this for years and it works out nice with no big bills coming in January on my credit cards. :)
FibroMom (rep: 175k) posted May 28, 2013
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erick99
Spreadsheet is a great idea! I may keep a notepad list on my phone since I always have the phone with me. One file for the list and then another file for what has been bought. Thanks!
erick99 (rep: 17.2k) posted May 28, 2013
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erick99
I think May was too soon for this question :)
erick99 (rep: 17.2k) posted May 29, 2013
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lilywow
My problem with early Christmas shopping is that the return policy has expired when I give the gift. I usually give them the gift receipt. Even without a gift receipt, they can probably still exchange, but for an item bought way in advance, the prices normally drop below 50% of the purchase price.
lilywow (rep: 8.33k) posted May 31, 2013
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LilRed77
Get your kids to make an early list for you so you can plan ahead. Start looking for deals. July has Christmas sales all the time. And this can be a good place to start your search!! :)
LilRed77 (rep: 5.71k) posted May 31, 2013
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lauchremi
I start shopping right after Christmas. I buy next years wrapping paper, tape, etc. Throughout the year I constantly check clearance shelves for "fillers". I get so many things for a couple bucks here or there and Christmas ends up looking like I hit the jackpot financially. In reality, I spend very little. As far as "the big gift", I usually wait until Black Friday so that I can return things that are costly or end up unwanted. :) Hope this helps. :)
lauchremi (rep: 9.48k) posted Jun 01, 2013
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lauchremi
Oh, as far as the Christmas list, I keep my ears open. When somebody mentions something, I put it in Word in my computer. People are always wondering how I knew what to get them. :) Makes it fun because they get what they want without me asking for a list. :)
lauchremi (rep: 9.48k) posted Jun 01, 2013
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