Yes, I know. It’s the middle of Summer. And yes, I am aware that Christmas is still 5 months away. However…
I did something last summer when I was just starting out on my whole “we need to be smarter about money” path. I knew Christmas was coming and I knew money would be tight. And I hated buying things in December when you are running short on time and patience. And money, did I mention money?
So, I decided that I actually wanted to enjoy the holiday season and not run around like a mad woman. I decided to start buying Christmas presents in July.
Now, this is not a novel idea. People have been doing this long before I ever attempted it, but it works. Stores have sales all the time, not just on the Friday after Thanksgiving. If you are looking for a scarf for your great-aunt Helen, pay attention to the ads that come out every week, and it will go on sale eventually. Looking for a video game for your
husband kid? Trust me, it will go on sale and you will not have to fight for a parking space on Black Friday.
Here is what I did…
I started picking up presents here and there. I wrote down the items I wanted to purchase as presents, and checked the ads every Sunday to see if what I was looking for was on sale or if there was a coupon. Then, once I purchased the item, I crossed it off my list and put the present in one of our back closets. Once all the presents were purchased, I had a marathon wrapping session and got it all done in one afternoon.
What was great about this idea besides saving money, is that I finished all of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. I was done. No more shopping. And I could actually enjoy the month of December, complete with lots of cups of hot chocolate and watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the original one by the way, not that crazy Jim Carrey remake).
So, I am going in for Round Two of Christmas in July. I’m going to start my list, and slowly make my way through it.
Who’s with me?