Eleven Months

@carolbee (16231)
United States
January 25, 2008 8:28am CST
Eleven months from today is Christmas. This can be a depressing thought or a happy thought. Do you plan ahead such as have a Christmas savings account? Will you beging to buy soon or wait until October, November or December? I'm one of those who waits and then hurries to a store to buy gift cards.
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7 responses
• United States
25 Jan 08
For me right now there is no christmas savings fund. Right now its the summer vacation fund. After the holidays I start saving to take my son somewhere during the summer months. This way when we go away if he says mom can I have that I will not have to say no. I will have the money to be able to tell him yes. Usually after vacation which is usually sometime in july I start saving for christmas. I'll keep putting money into the account and not touch it until black friday. You save too much money on black friday to start the shopping before that. I saved like 200 dollars altogether this past black friday. So you really can find some deals.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Sounds like you are way ahead of the game. Like your ideas. Thanks for responding.
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• United States
25 Jan 08
I plan to save money for the black Friday sales. I have never been aware of this day. I mean all my life as well. I now found out about the awesome sales my friends got on electronics. So I plan on saving for that. I am not getting anyone gifts this year. Just my daughter and nephews. That is just how I plan to keep it for the next few years. I wish I could get an Christmas acct.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
But atleast you are thinking ahead. You have a great idea about shopping on black Friday. Thanks for responding.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Each year after Christmas I promise myself that I will shop a bit throughout the year so that I can spread out the spending and be less frantic come December. But guess what, it doesn't happen that way! I do occassionally pick up an item or two here or there, but they are incidentals rather than main gifts. I do try to leave my PayPal money alone (that I get from myLot and other programs) and safe it to use for xmas shopping. That helps a bit.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
That's a good idea to let myLot funds accumulate and use for Christmas gifts. Thanks for responding.
• United States
10 Feb 08
I always start shopping in December or January for Christmas, that is the only way that I can afford to buy for everyone in my family,and my friends.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
That's a very good idea. Wish I had enough sense to shop that way. Thanks for responding.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
25 Jan 08
This past Christmas is the first one in a long time that I had all of my shopping done early and it sure did feel good. I hope I can do the same this year. It makes the holiday more stess free. My husband and son still wait and get most of theirs done more towards Christmas but even they did a little better this past Christmas and not out Christmas Eve shopping.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
You have it all under control. Like your plan. Thanks for responding.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I used to always plan ahead and usually had all of my Christmas shopping completed well before Thanksgiving. I'm afriad the last few years I've been quilty of waiting until the last minute - this past year Christmas Eve I was still finishing up some gifts I made :)
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
You had a good head start in the past. Smart shopping. I don't think that far ahead. I wait and wait and then end up with gift cards. It's easier since one of our kids is out of state with the grandkids. I can do a Walmart gift card and she's elated. Thanks for responding.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
4 Feb 08
Gift cards are nice but I found my kids actually prefer a gift whether it's something they really wanted or not. At first they thought the cards were great but that changed. Couple years ago youngest actually said, "I don't think Grandma and Grandpa love me anymore - they never shop for me." They started giving cards because they had no idea what the kids liked. Now Mom shops and then includes the recept in case anyone wants to return the gift :)
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I usually start right away and buy things that I know will be useful for Christmas next year...like candles etc I buy to give with a gift card. I already have all my paper etc! I don't like paying full price for that stuff!
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Great idea to get a jump on the holidays. I should plan ahead but never do. I'm so lazy as I get older. This is terrible! Thanks for responding.