Are you okay with waiting until the last minute?

United States
December 17, 2010 6:52am CST
To finish your Christmas shopping? I'm not! From the looks of this week's paycheck, I will not be able to finish my shopping this week.. and will have to wait until next Friday when we get another paycheck. I really want to have it over and done with so I can stop worrying about it and start getting excited for Christmas. Are you okay with waiting till the last minute to finish your shopping? If you're waiting until last minute, like I am, what is your reason? Time? Money? You enjoy the rush?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Dec 10
Time... Next week I'll be off, so hopefully I can get the rest of it done while the kids are vegging on the TV, computer, etc.
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• United States
17 Dec 10
Good Luck! I still wasn't able to finish.. but hopefully I will be finished before the weekend is over!
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
17 Dec 10
Oh my gosh, we are waiting until the last minute for three years now. I hate it but we have no stability in our business right now. We can not plan for more than a week in advance and that is nerve racking! I just got the spirit and energy to put up our tree yesterday. Hopefully things will be improved before next Christmas.
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• United States
17 Dec 10
I hope so too.. for all of us!
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• United States
17 Dec 10
I don't like waiting and crowds so,most of my shopping was done online. I am over flowing with left over stuff I don't who to give it to. Like bath and body works lotions,body wash lip gloss etc. But,I think I will send my daughter's teachers gifts. I was in the mall yesterday with my friend and boy was it packed. But,what I found surprising was the lines were doing fine..
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• United States
17 Dec 10
I think they definitely ensure they have enough workers to cover the demand this time of year. Most places know they don't want to tick off their customers with long waits, or the customers will leave without their purchases. Wish Walmart felt that way, LOL. They figure the customers will stay due to the money their saving.. which is so true. If I could afford not to shop at Walmart, that's what I'd do!
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@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
17 Dec 10
I'm so glad I don't have to shop for gifts anymore... but when I did, I always, got it done and over with quickly, so I don't have to make it a burden for me.
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@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
17 Dec 10
I could not wait until the last minute to do any of my Christmas shopping. lo...I want to make sure that I have a couple of days to relax before I start in on the cooking frenzy. Hmm, waiting to the last minute would certainly put the pressure on, and that's a feeling that I am just not comfortable with :) The one advantage of waiting until the last minute is that the kids can not sneak into their gifts :)
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@cssiduyz (1054)
• Indonesia
17 Dec 10
of course, I would be saving for it and do not be too wasteful for Christmas day. It is not good for us.
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@Galena (9123)
18 Dec 10
I prefer not to leave it to the last minute, but usually I do end up with a lot of last minute things. the scary bit is when you get the last paypacket before Christmas and realise how much you have to do with it. so every year I tell myself I'll be better about it. this year I've done really well and been organised. and as I get my carers allowance weekly, that helps a lot as I know I've only ever got to wait a week until more money comes in, even if it's a smaller amount. I have one week left and one person left to buy for. what needs to be posted has gone, and reached at least the nearby post office, which means it's just waiting for her to collect it. I just need to get a few more things for my husband, and I have several things in mind. so really I'm sorted. I've got a big family meal on Tuesday for the Solstice, and my Partridges are reserved at the butchers, I just need to get the veg and some cheeses for afterwards. all in all I'm getting better at this. I used to struggle a bit through lack of organisation. and I'm planning to start earlier next year, and save up throughout the year, even if it's just the odd five or ten pounds to make it easier. I hope your boxing day isn't too stressful. but there's no point worrying about it until the money turns up. maybe make a list of what you need to get the trip out as quick and easy as possible. if you know exactly what you're getting then it saves having to browse in crowds. and I think an important thing to remember is don't sweat the small stuff. the things that get forgotten are rarely missed. otherwise they'd not have been forgotten in the first place. if you've still got presents to buy, maybe see if there's some nice things you can make with store cupboard basics so if for any reason you are unable to get the present you plan on, then at least there's something nice to open on the day and the main present can always follow on. have a lovely Christmas.
• United States
18 Dec 10
I had thought I was doing well.. having a few things before December even started.. but most years I am better off. Most years I have a few things coming from charities, I also start a lay-away most years (where I pick out what I want, and the store holds it while I pay a little on it each week until it's paid off). I have to remember to do that next year towards the end of October! This year December snuck up on me too fast!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
19 Dec 10
Kat, we used to layaway for Christmas, too. We'd buy before everything was picked over and then you had time to pay for it and it didn't break the bank right before Christmas. But, as the years have gone by, we stopped that. I try to make sure I have enough money to pay for everything I buy now. I hate to get a bill for things we've already given away. My husband didn't go with me today and he had me buy me an outfit and put it on my card so he could pay for it when it comes in. But that is the only thing that has been charged and it'll be paid off when the bill comes in.
• United States
19 Dec 10
The thing with layaway is, if you find you can't afford it all in the time allowed, you can get most of your money back, minus like the $5 layaway fee or something. I know we've done that.. just bought more than we could afford and couldn't pay it all off in time.. so bought the items we could afford but "returned" a few things before the layaway was officially paid off. I always found the layaway a great thing, personally.. especially with the kids in the house. I know their shopping is done or at least close to it, but none of the items are here in the house so there's no fear of them finding them.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 Dec 10
Actually I haven't done the first bit of shopping even. Money is way to tight this year. I haven't even decorated yet..and probably won't. It just doesn't seem Christmasy this year. Why have a tree with nothing under it but dust bunny?....my husband dragged out the tree but I put it back..told him no use decorating..so yes.. I am a Scrooge or Grinch this year...lol...
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 Dec 10
This will be the first year in my entire life, that I don't have a tree p for Christmas..even other times when we didn't have much..we still decorated and did a tree..My heart is not in it this year...
• United States
19 Dec 10
I'm sorry to hear that.. but I can understand. My mother's Christmases are almost always that tight.. and she is usually so depressed and angry about it. I know she is this year. She doesn't have her tree up yet.. but was thinking of doing that tomorrow.. and she said next week she's going to purposely overdraw her account in order to get my 16 year old sister a couple of gifts. I tried to help as best as I could.. my mom is ordering digital phone service on Tuesday so she'll have free caller ID and all of that.. the phone she currently has is the old corded kind that I do not believe comes with a caller ID thingy.. so I bought her a $15 cordless phone that has caller ID.. I wanted to get her one with an answering machine because she does not have that, but that would have been $30 and I just didn't have that kind of cash. I also gave her a framed pic of my kids with Santa. Then I got my sister a computer game, Roller Coaster Tycoon 3.. hopefully they like their gifts. I dropped them off last night but said not to open them until Christmas.
@laglen (19780)
• United States
18 Dec 10
I hate waiting and now we are in the last stretch and not looking good. Today is Saturday and Christmas is this Saturday. I still have a lot of gifts to purchase and not a whole lot coming in....
• United States
18 Dec 10
Yeah, same here. There's still a bit I need to get. At least my mother, sister, and FIL are done as of now. Hopefully it all works out.. for all of us.
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@laglen (19780)
• United States
19 Dec 10
I am sure it will.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
18 Dec 10
I went to Christmas shop the first time this Thursday. And I'm going tomorrow to try and finish it, if I can. Nobody wants to tell me what they want for Christmas, and I'm not a mind reader. The reason I've been late is the fact I stay with my Mother through the week and, on the weekend, I'm just too tired! I say every year I'm going to start early but never do. Thank goodness I didn't this year. I walked into a Door Buster sale at a store yesterday and got $50 hoodies for $15 for 4 grandson1 What a deal! Hopefully I can do as good tomorrow.
• United States
18 Dec 10
That is a good deal! I think we all say we're going to start early next year.. and few of us actually do. Every Christmas I vow the same thing.. yet here I am a week before Christmas and I still need a few things!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
19 Dec 10
Well, I shopped much longer today and bought much less, although everything was on sale that I did buy. But took me so long deciding on something for some particular people. Nobody is getting much under the tree - they'll get a card with money and buy their own. Teens and older ones like that better anyway. That way they don't have to take anything back. This is the first year I've not bought one piece of clothing for my only granddaughter. And I miss that. But she wasn't able to go shopping with me because of working. My daughter wasn't able to go today because she ended up having to babysit at her son's with his 9 month old daughter since they both had to work. But that made her happy - just didn't give me anyone to shop with. So I could not buy some of the things I would have bought.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
20 Dec 10
i dont mind really. i still have a few things to get but thats it. i still have a bunch to wrap though.
• United States
20 Dec 10
I think I've finally finished today.. still a lot to wrap also!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 Dec 10
In my case I have to be done early to ship all the packages overseas etc...but I do once in a while wait until the last minute for the stocking stuffers. Mainly because I take a break inbetween the shopping as I am not a good shopper. This year I did most of it online.
• United States
19 Dec 10
I enjoy the shopping.. I like finding what speaks to me, and I usually find things when I'm not even expecting to, and I love that. What I hate is not having the kind of money I'd like to spend!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Dec 10
I really don't like waiting until the last minute and that is the reason that I've been done with my Christmas shopping for two weeks now (excluding three Hot Wheels for Paul's stocking and buying new stockings for the kids because my mother can't seem to find their at her house). I figure that the Hot Wheels are easy enough to find because they are available even at the grocery store. As far as the stockings go, a friend of mine gave me a great idea for personalizing them so I just need to get to the store and buy them.
@maezee (34508)
• United States
18 Dec 10
In my defense, YES! I am OK with it as long as I don't have to do all fo the shopping at last minute. I like to get most presents done ahead of time. I only have a couple of small, easy gifts left to buy, such as gift cards and stuff like that. I wouldn't wait until last minute for everything though, as that would be way too stressful for me!!
• Canada
18 Dec 10
Not at all!!! I did most of my shopping on line, so I had to get it done waaaay in advance. I had cookbooks to order for people. I published a cookbook five years ago, and I wanted copies for people for Christmas, and then people also bought copies from me, for their relatives. Those had to be delivered nice and early. The rest of my stuff I bought on line, a lot of it from a Russian store in NYC. I got a lot of chocolate, caviar, and other things. That was all delivered last week. I ordered my Christmas cards, personalized ones at that, in November, and had them all written and mailed by December 1st! :)