WHY YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN JULY…OR SOONER
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Why You Should Think About Christmas In July…or sooner!
Wow, summer seems to be flying by! I can’t believe it’s already July! Although it may be swimming season, here’s a list of how and why you should start planning for Christmas NOW! (if you haven’t already)
Remember last Christmas when you were scrounging around for last minute gifts and gift ideas? Sometimes Christmas shopping can be a huge headache and the hassle can leave you with either spending too much money just to get it over with, or relying on last minute trinket items that people really don’t care about anyway.
So, go ahead, plan for Christmas in July and watch for those special “Christmas July Sales.” That way, when winter rolls around you will not only be the Queen (or King) of gifts, but you can sit back and watch everyone else stress while you relax and enjoy the season!
Here are some things you can do RIGHT NOW that will lead to a less stressful shopping season come winter.
1. Make a list!
Your list is golden! This can help avoid last minute shopping and overspending when you’re tired and want to avoid the mall!
Make a list of everyone you want to get a gift for. This includes co-workers, kids’ school teachers, neighbors, bosses, etc.
Try to remember all those important people that impact your life on a regular basis (trash guy, mailman – anyone you usually forget but later think to yourself, “I should have gotten them something!”)
2. BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET!!!
Think about how much you ideally want to spend and start setting that money aside now! Try and put away a little each month. Then, when you start shopping it’s not a big hit to your budget come December!
Decide how much you want to spend AND stick to it!
Need a budget? See How to Create A Budget and stick with it!
Or, if you want to see the system I use, check out My Enveloping Budgeting System.
3. Start shopping now!
The hot summer items are coming to their peak, which means stores are going to start rolling out their fall lines soon. The good news – summer items go on sale, or even better, on CLEARANCE!
Browse your favorite store’s clearance items while you’re out and start collecting your gifts now! Carry your list with you and mark off what you buy and who you buy it for as you go. (that way you don’t buy for someone twice because you forgot you already spent money on them)
Store your items in a storage container in the garage or spare bedroom and come December, all you have to do is start wrapping! Or you can take advantage of store’s layaway programs if you don’t have room to store an item in your house!
4. Start Looking for Deals!
If there is a certain item you KNOW you want to purchase, start looking out for those deals now!
Did you know Google will send you notifications anytime a new post or article goes live? You can go to Google Alerts and type in certain phrases you want to receive notifications about.
For instance, if you want Google to Alert you when there is a sale on Drones, you can set your Google Alert to “Drone sales” and when they go on sale, Google will send you a link to the corresponding article or website.
You can also browse Restaurant.com under their Deals Beyond Meals page where you can purchase gift cards for more than half off the amount! – stock up these and people will LOVE you come Christmas!
5. Buy Trinket Items in Bulk
If you know you have a big group of people to buy for come Christmas, i.e. if you’re the boss and need presents for your employees, then search for deals and buy those items in bulk!
It’s also a good idea to buy a little extra ‘somethings’ because if you’re anything like me – I still forget someone (even with my list!)
Bonus Ninja Strategy
Write down what you spend on each gift. At the end of the season, see how much you spent, divide by 12, and start saving at least that much money each month come January.
That way, you have an entire year to dedicate setting a small amount of money aside for NEXT year’s Christmas!
What was the most stressful part about last Christmas for you?
How are you going to rock Christmas This Year?
Let me know in the comments below!