Why You Should do Your Christmas Shopping Early

We’d all love to get our Christmas shopping done and dusted early to beat any last minute rushing around. We’ve brought you some top tips on why you should do your Christmas shopping early so you can be more effective, save money and use your extra time to really enjoy the Christmas season.

Food and Drink Bargains

Christmas Food The prices of food and drink tend to go up before Christmas as the shelves fill with food dressed in festive packaging. Terry’s Chocolate Orange’s for example are currently on sale for around £1 in your local supermarkets, but these offers will end as Christmas draws nearer and demand runs high and you won’t find them for less than £2.00. There are plenty of food and drink items you can buy beforehand to save money whilst they’re on offer before the jolly season kicks in.  Start looking for alcohol sales about a month before Christmas to get the best deals and stock up before the rush. Non-perishable food items can be purchased from November. Having these stocked up can take the weight off your mind when it gets closer to Christmas. Foods that can be bought in advance include nuts, nibbles, frozen desserts, cookies, long-life milk, Christmas cakes and puddings and will generally be cheaper the further away it is from Christmas – just be sure to check the use by dates.

Black Friday

Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States and has recently been adopted in the UK as a day where retailers will offer massively discounted prices to entice Christmas shoppers. This year it falls on November 27th and while shopping on this day can be quite hectic, there are definitely great deals to be had. You really can get some fantastic bargains not only in stores, but online as well. You may even be able to get a large chunk of your Christmas shopping done this day giving you a nice clear December.

Spreading the Cost

Christmas HouseAnother benefit of doing your Christmas shopping early is that you can spread the cost of your shopping throughout the year rather than having your bank account take one big hit towards the end of it. Planning ahead and picking presents up monthly can also stop the panic impulse buys we tend to make if we leave everything to the last minute. Shopping early will really give you a chance to look around the shops and choose the perfect gifts for each person. Make sure you set yourself a budget even if it’s vague. Work out who you need to buy for well in advance and how much you plan on spending. This gives you a chance to put aside some money each month and save up, or even start buying earlier on in the year. Spending little amounts each payday starting early can make the whole amount seem a lot less overwhelming. You also have a chance to pay off any credit cards as you go along rather than being shocked with a huge bill in January.

Boxing Day Sales

There is no point in buying early if you are going to pay full price. Christmas shopping can start as early as Boxing Day and although the last thing on your mind may be to go shopping after the Christmas rush, stores will often have the best sales immediately after Christmas for you to stock up on goods for next year. This is also a great time to stock up on wrapping paper and cards at a fraction of the cost saving you money for next year. After Christmas, Boots often reduce their Christmas gifts sets by up to 75% so you can really save some money and get some presents stashed away for next year.  Boot’s Soap and Glory large gift sets are currently priced at £60, if last year’s sales are anything to go by, after Christmas these will go down to less than £20 saving you a massive £40!

Time to Craft

Christmas Crafts

If you’re going to be making some home-made gifts, starting early will really give you a chance to get everything finished in time and buy everything you need well in advance of making your gifts. Buying craft supplies early on in the year is much more cost effective than buying gifts outright. That could mean making and freezing cookies ready to be baked nearer Christmas, knitting or even assembling hampers or larger items. Starting early gives you loads of time to use your imagination and tweak things if you need to and come up with something extraordinary.

Online Shopping

Doing your Christmas shopping online early means you can have items delivered well in advance of the Christmas postal rush and you can avoid the crowds in store. If you know what you’re looking for then be sure to check across many different websites to get the cheapest deals. Check the internet for any voucher codes and sign up to company newsletters so you can get the latest deals and free delivery codes straight to your inbox. Alternatively don’t rule out eBay for a bargain. You never know what one off gifts you will find at a great price; they even devote a whole page for Christmas gifts. You could sell some of your old items on eBay beforehand to get a bit of extra cash to spend. Don’t forget when shopping online to use cashback websites so you can earn as you shop!

Selection

Christmas GiftsStarting your shopping early means that there is plenty of selection of items in store and clothes are available in all sizes. The weekends leading up to Christmas are always the busiest and stock generally starts running out the closer you get. This may cause you to buy more expensive alternatives as the products on your list are no longer in stock. Avoid this by starting earlier. Starting early also gives you a chance to prod those family members and loved ones that never know what they want. You can easily probe them for information and they won’t suspect a thing if it’s only October giving you maximum time to scope the selection in stores for some bargains.

Don’t forget you can check out BB4BM too for some great bargains throughout the whole year! You can easily do your Christmas shopping early by picking up some of the great bargains that we post daily.

What is the Verdict?

MoneySavingPigWe hope we have been able to convince you that doing your Christmas shopping early is the way to go when it comes to saving money this Christmas. When do you do your Christmas shopping?  We love feedback so please use the comment section below.

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