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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...and check it twice!


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!”)



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.

Envelope Budgeting


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.


Don’t forget to take advantage of Groupon Sales and get in the habit of browsing Amazon’s Daily Deal items!



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 Strategybonus ninja

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!


Need ways to save money? See how you can Save $1000 Pain Free! Or check out These Money Saving Apps!


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!


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  1. Kellie says:

    Great post, I’m always looking for ways to save money and I love Christmas so its a win/win. Thanks for this 🙂

    • Kayla says:

      You’re very welcome!
      Yes, if it were up to me, we’d have Christmas all year round…but then again, THAT could get expensive. 🙂
      Hopefully, you found some good tips and you can spend more time around the holidays with family instead of frantically buying last minute gifts.
      Keep in touch!
      Go be a rock star today!

  2. Phil says:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the early reminders and I hope you have hit the right note here,
    I agree with shopping early for Xmas, but in July………I think that’s a bit soon for my liking.
    I have observed that Christmas shopping has started earlier and earlier lately.
    Call me old school, but when halloweeen is over, from there on in, its great to see the decorations and Xmas trees appearing in the shops and malls and for me that is pretty much time enough to start the shopping.
    Cheers and best wishes with your endeavours
    Phil Browne

    • Kayla says:

      Hey Phil!

      Thanks for your input. I can see how shopping right now might seem like a bit much for others. I simply wanted to point out that things will be going on sale for the end of summer clearance events at local stores and to save money, now might be a good time to stock up. 

      The main point I want people to get out of this article is to BUDGET! I believe that everyone should keep a budget and Christmas can be a big expense. If we start thinking about budgeting for it now, it will be less of a headache come Christmas time. 

      I appreciate your input and thank you for your time!

      Good luck with all you do!

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