Reasons you should start your Christmas shopping in January.

I love to see people’s faces when I tell them I've been Christmas shopping since January. They are like, “wow! You’re insane!” but then again, they follow right after with how stressful the holidays always are which makes me mention that my holiday shopping is already almost finished!

I have been collecting things all year and putting them away in my holiday box for December. (or emergency birthday gifts!) I refuse to stress this year!

Something that’s really convenient for shopping all year is that I’m not relying on a month’s worth of checks and I’m not having to save up. I’m not going broke, I won’t have to spend January 2013 in the hole, catching up on all the money I just spent. By shopping early, I can leisurely buy here and there, making sure my bills and other things I need aren't being neglected.

More time for family and fun!
If I were to wait til the end of the year to Christmas shop, I’m going to fall into a trap, ending up spending way more money than needed. Everyone knows that throughout the year, there are different sales depending on what you’re looking for. I want to be able to catch things when they are the cheapest! Check out a great article I've found; The Best Times to Buy Anything, All Year Round!

Emergency Gifts!
Did you forget it was someone’s birthday?! It happens. Everyone knows I’m not the best at remembering things, but I don’t like being caught off guard either. So I make sure to pick up a few extra things to throw in the holiday box for “just in casers”.
For example: Sometimes on Amazon, I catch some really nice jewelry on sale, or cheap and I buy $10 worth and tuck it in my box. If they aren't used as emergency birthday gifts, they make great stocking stuffers, or prizes for my annual parties.
Right now on Amazon, I found a few IPhone 4 cases (which most of my friends own IPhones) so I grabbed a few of those to add to the box.

eForCity 4x Color Clear Flower Butterfly Rubber Gel TPU Case Cover for iPhone® 4 4S 4G

For those die hard black Friday shoppers.. why not mark as many things off your list during the year, that way, when black Friday comes, you can focus on wrapping up loose ends. If there was something you've been looking for all year that hasn't come down on price, now you can focus on those FEW items to make black Friday more successful and safer.

It’s a relieving and exciting feeling to know you are all set for Christmas and it’s not even December yet. The hardest thing is keeping your gifts a secret. For once, I am looking forward to the holidays. I can’t wait for people to see what I got them, because everything I got has meaning behind it. I am no longer running to the stores to get a meaningless bath set I know my cousins are never going to use.

I’m trying to convince you, but not give away everything I got.. lol

I have two cousins, J & M. I could have gotten them each a $10 bath set, totaling in $20.
I could shop early and catch the Clair’s sale that went super quick this past week, and get them each a customized letter hanger for less than $10 total.

It’s not about the money spent, it’s about the effort and the thought and I think I nailed both!
  • It’s not too late for you to start your shopping for a less stressful holiday!