Christmas in May

United States
May 5, 2008 12:01pm CST
I'm starting early this year. I'm shopping for Christmas in May. I get such great deals at the department store in which I work, why not? Just Saturday, I got a Homedics Deep Tissue Chair Cushion for $16? Can you believe that? I'll never leave my mylot armchair now. LOL. Anyway, getting great deals has prompted me to think about starting on Christmas, that way I avoid all the expense in one lump at the end of the year. When do you begin shopping for Christmas? Do you plan ahead or do you ALWAYS wait until the very last minute?
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@KKKBsmom (1094)
• United States
5 May 08
You have to... I really need to start watching sales... and buy something every month... it will be a harder christmas than last year at the rate I am going.... wahhhhhhh
• United States
5 May 08
I think its going to be harder for everyone this Christmas the way the economy is going. So I'm going in prepared this year. LOL. Believe me it will definitely be a first.
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5 May 08
And I say ditto to these discussions....I always wait for the last minute and then as you rightfully say run out of cash and don't find the right goodies....so this year it is going to be different!
@sisterjinx (1136)
• United States
5 May 08
So funny that you bring this up today. I have been discussing this with my husband. We ALWAYS wait until the last minute and then we NEVER have enough money. So I made our christmas list of who we need to buy for and decided who I am going to buy for each month between now and December. This way I can look for sales and avoid those last days crowds. I can keep myself from being broke for 3 months after Christmas too. lol
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• United States
5 May 08
Well I keep seeing these great deals and it finally occurred to me that instead of passing them by that I could start stocking up. I hate having to put all that money out at one time. This year I'm going to be smarter than the average Christmas shopper. LOL.
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• United States
6 May 08
With the way that the economy looks now, it's probably a good idea to get started earlier this year. Also because of the poor economy, I think the stores will be offering more bargains to try and get people in the door. Other than HDTVs, which everyone will have to get before February of next year, I think if you buy throughout the year, you will be in good shape come December
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
7 May 08
I try to plan ahead. Not too far ahead with certain people because i KNOW that if i buy it ahead of time they'll go and buy it for themselves just before christmas (my dad is bad for that). If i see an item for a freind or a sister that i think ooh thats nice they'll really like it and its a great deal. I buy it. Then i either use it for christmas or for their birthdays.
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• United States
8 May 08
Buying ahead for birthdays is a good idea too.
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@JJ4Ever (4704)
• United States
8 May 08
If I had your determination, I'd be doing great! (LOL) I agree with your discussion completely. I'm very much the same as you in that I really like to get ahead, save money, and get the job done. I'm the same way as you with Christmas as well as birthdays and holidays. For instance, my sister's birthday isn't until next month, but I had her gift a couple months ago because I knew she already wanted it, made sure my parents weren't planning on buying it for her, and went ahead and got it for a good deal. My brother-in-law's birthday was last month, and I bought his gift in January. I love planning ahead because it gives me the flexibility I need to be able to return something if I don't need it or don't end up giving it away. You're probably very familiar with your shopping habits...and I don't know if you're the same as me, but it seems like I find things when I'm not looking for them! That's the main reason why I shop so far ahead of time. I'll find something that screams their name, and I just have to buy it for whoever that lucky person happens to be. I'll wrap it ahead of time and stash it away until it's their special day...or Christmas. It's like I'm just waiting with baited breath until that holiday comes along to give it to them! (LOL) I'm a pretty patient person, though. I'll buy something for someone, wrap it, forget about it, and it comes in handy when the day to give it away finally arrives. I love your reasoning on this subject because it would save people so much time, effort, and money if they'd just see things your way! Thanks for posting this wonderful topic.
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@clivwill (28)
• Jamaica
28 May 08
honestly.....thats really like cheating. Thats also cheap! you totally miss the joy and excitement about doing christmas shopping. Its not about how money you can save, but the thought and feeling you put in aquireing that gift for christmas!Sure its cool to save a few bucks! but life is not all about paper....shopping at christmas brings a total differenet feeling than shopping in MAY!
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• United States
28 May 08
I don't think shopping in May, June, July and so forth takes away from the Christmas spirit. It is still given with the same love. Not all of us can afford to put out alot of money in one single month, so why not go into the holiday prepared? Besides if I can buy one gift at a time, I'm more liable to be able to give a nice gift, versus getting what I can afford at the end of the year.
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
28 May 08
I always start early. Can't help it if I see something, I buy it. Especially since I HATE crowds.
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• United States
28 May 08
I buying things early, I'm just having a hard time keeping them under wraps. No pun intended. LOL.
• Canada
18 May 08
That is a really good idea to get started early before the rush. I did omething similar to that last year, because I knew I was going to be out of e country, at Christmas time. I did all of my shopping early, and sent all gifts ahead with relatives, so they could open them on Christmas day.
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• United States
19 May 08
Sounds like you are really on top of things. Every year I have good intentions, but it never seems to happen. Hopefully, this year will be different.
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
8 May 08
well that is a splendid idea!!! shopping ahead for Christmas season..atleast you cant felt the bulk that you had spent during the yuletide season..
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
7 May 08
I wish I could start in May but my birthday and my daughters birthday is in may then my older daughters birthday is in July so we really wouldn't be able to start until July but it would be nice to start early.
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@toosh21 (800)
• Australia
7 May 08
I start Christmas shopping whenever I see something that I think will be good for someone for Christmas - so as soon as Christmas is over I can be buying gifts again,haha!
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
6 May 08
I think it's a definite plus, kborgerie, that you are receiving an extra benefit from your job. For a long time now I have did my Christmas shopping throughout the year in order to avoid a large outlay of money all at once. I never like to put anything off until the last minute, so, yes, I guess you would consider me a planner.
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
6 May 08
Hi klourgerie, Well, we don't start in May, that's for sure. I can see your point though, and it's a great idea. We do start early compared to a lot of people, and usually are pretty much prepared by the end of October. It's always good to avoid the crowds in December. Blessings.
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@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
6 May 08
i wish i could start shopping now but we do not have the money. i know it is easier and more cost effective to start early and it saves time and energy during the hectic holiday season. it is my inclination to start early but i do not always have the money to do so.
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@MsCYPRAH (398)
6 May 08
I find Christmas to be a very commercial time, with the spirit of Christmas virtually ignored in preference to sales, so I cannot bear to be reminded of it before December. I tend to get a few things immediately after Christmas in the Boxing Day sales, whenever I want to stock up early, so I do not have to remember Christmas at all until the last minute. I guess if one has young children, for whom Christmas means a lot, one cannot ignore that time of year, but I try to stay well away from it if I can. If it works that way for you, then do enjoy the bargains! :o)
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
6 May 08
I don't do my Christmas shopping until the 23rd of December. I always did find it sickening the way Christmas shopping start in October... but at the rate we are going... it will soon start in January. Why don't we simply celebrate Christmas the whole year long? On the subject of cats... I was going to reply to your apologetic discussion... but that was also deleted. That was an old joke that I saw on the Net over two years ago. It never cease to amaze me to see all those people on mylot with their high moral values and their know it all... their god and their happiness... but when it comes to have a sense of humour... zilch, nothing, nobody home. People on mylot take everything far too seriously and at face value.
• United States
6 May 08
My wife starts early for Christmas too. I don't and it causes a drag on me to plan so early. I'm not last minute, just seasonal at the right time. If it was Christmas everyday my wife would never sleep so she wouldn't miss a thing.
@jamie08 (430)
• United States
6 May 08
lol i wait till the last minute i know its bad to do that because its so hectic but i just started to buy gifts for people because i am only 19 lol!
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
6 May 08
I always start early.I don't get a whole lot but I get the chance to take advantage of special deals. I still have to do a lot of shopping in December but nearly as bad. I always feel good when I get everything early.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
6 May 08
I do not plan that far ahead. I will shop a month or so before Christmas. Where can I store the stuff? Our basement is not finished, and our house is not that large. I have things in the closet, and no room for anything else so when I shop for birthdays and Christmases, I have to do it not far of the game. The only things I can buy two months ahead are Cds and DVds. Oh I do buy things on sale and hardly have to buy full price for anything.
@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
5 May 08
I started shopping along time ago actually the day after christmass lol. I love to get the sales. So I decided this year I was gonna start early and just save stuff so i dont have to rush and shop during that hectic time as im gonna have a new baby too.
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