I can't believe others had started shopping for Christmas?

@Bebs08 (10685)
United States
October 13, 2008 9:03pm CST
Sounds like too early to shop for Christmas? I've heard from some of my friends that they already had started shopping for Christmas? too early, what about you? Well, I remember my neighbor friend few years back, at this month, Oct? she already have all the ingredients for her food preparation on December. hahaha.. I keep on laughing asking her why too early? She then, said,... if she will wait on December, the possibility is that the store will run out of stocks of what she needs. And that's true, Even if we are living in a big city where there are lots of Supermarkets, same ingredients that people usually buy on December will be out of stocks. It is funny but true. Well, here in America, I don't hear anything like that. People just have simple celebration on Christmas. Not like other countries that they consider it as big festivities. di you start your Christmas shopping now? for food and gifts?
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@austere (2814)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
well, guess there are people who doesnt want to get trapped in the christmas rush.. if i only have money and lots of money, i guess i would be buying chritsmas presents now too.. though there would be a lot of big discounts and on sale items during christmas season, the malls would be very crowded by then.. but i dont have the money to buy it ahead of time.. so guess i just have to deal with the traffic, and busy malls by december!hehe
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
That's right!!! it is good to wait for the right time when we have money to buy stuff for Christmas. Just leave the others alone because they have money to buy,, Me, I don't have budget for that. So, I have to wait for the time when I can have money.
@austere (2814)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
yeah.. i am still saving up for christmas presents..hehe i am doing and working better here and in my other money making sites to earn more! and i definitely will have to wait for discounted items by december, that way i can save up!hehehe
@selece (2357)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
I think it's really advisable to start shopping now since stores and malls will be pretty crowded on December or late November. Prices could also go up on those months since some people abuse the opportunity. Some on the other hand drop their prices to attract customers. And yes there is such a thing as running out of stock for a certain thing we want. Hehe. It's just like going on a new adventure, we should always come prepared and armed with what we need. Usually when the "ber"-months come in, people feel the Christmas fever already. Hehe.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
yes, you are correct!!! but for me? I am not in a hurry to buy anything because I don't have the money to do it.. hahahaha funny thing. good for those who have lots of extras.. they can buy anytime because they have money to buy.
@quinnkl (1667)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Since I am not a big shopper, I always tend to put my Christmas shopping off. I have relatives and friends who do it all year long and are always ready for the holidays early. I envy them, but cannot get myself to jump in there and do it! So true about not being able to find what you want the closer to the holidays it gets! So, I should start my gift shopping now, but probably won't!
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
well, i did not start either because I have no budget for that yet. I have to figure out when I can have the money to shop hahahaha
@littleone3 (2065)
14 Oct 08
I have already started shopping for Christmas. I will pick up stuff when i am out shopping i usually think oh so and so will like that. Then buy it and put it away from Christmas. And i will also pick gifts up in the sales. The reason being is that i have five children to buy gifts for. Also it is one of my sons birthday 4 days before Christmas so i like to be all done for Christmas by the beginning of December so i can then concentrate on his birthday. But i do wait to get food till about a week or two before hand.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
all of you here who responded have good idea on how to prepare for Christmas.. I did not even think about it. Well,, I am a last minute shopper before when I have income to spend, but now that I have no income, I never think of shopping unless I have an extra for that.
@maximax8 (30099)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct 08
I will start and complete my Christmas shopping in November not wait until the streets are busy in mid December. I won't decide on food until December I think so it will be as fresh as possible. I think that prices go up every week and so doing shopping sooner rather than later is a great idea. Many people get stressed with last minute Christmas shopping but that won't be the worry I have this year. Good luck with your Christmas shopping. Christmas is a popular and important event in my home country.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
hahahah I don;t even think of shopping because at this time I have no budget for that. I don;t know if i can have my shopping even during December. As for food, I have to stock now little by little when we go grocery shopping.. with that I am sure we have something to eat on December like special food..
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
14 Oct 08
if i had the money i would have been done by now. in years past when things were better for us money wise i always had my christmas shopping done by october. the reason being is that i hate being in the stores when they are crowded and you have to stand in long lines. that to me is not fun. but i barely got any done this year and i am fretting over how i will be able to finish as i am trying to pay off my credit cards and not add more to them. it is a struggle.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
yes I know. It is stressful to think of our debts to pay plus the Christmas seasons. Well, it iw a wise idea to pay your credit card first and don;t add more unless you have the extra money to buy present. I', sure your loved ones would understand your situation. Now is the time of crisis.. and everybody knows it. I am just wondering why there are still many people who love to shop? maybe, they have a lot to spend.
@ClassyCat (1214)
• United States
14 Oct 08
My husband and I give the older grandchildren, and our children money in a card for Christmas. The 2 (as it is now), great grandchildren still get presents. I shop year round for items that would make not only Christmas gifts, but other gifts for other ocassins as well. Buying on sale is the way to save, especially shopping a few days after the mad rush Dec. 26 - I never go shopping that day, unless I am spending Christmas back home in my small city of origin.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Wow!! most of you here are giving me idea of how to save. Not only for Christmas but in general. Like what you all said, buying things on sale? I did not think of doing that. Maybe that is good idea.. buy things on sale and keep it for future use.
14 Oct 08
Well, I don't especially go Christmas shopping, but... if I see something I think someone would like for a present, it gets bought! As for Christmas cards, quite often I will have some left over from last year - have even bought some on sale once; just after Christmas! Another thought comes, this is developing into a pretty long thread... so hands up... anyone following the myLot guidelines and reading all sixty odd posts before adding their response? Have to admit, I've read the first ten and then the ones on this page! Oops! Will someone give me a slapped wrist? :-o
14 Oct 08
Oh! Will we have to cancel Christmas this year, due to the credit crunch! What a kill joy thought!!!
@mgeise (51)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Haha not cancel Christmas, just practice a little bit of moderation this year. I still expect people to pay the big prices to keep up with the normal Christmas tradition, but I know that I will be doing things a bit differently this year than in past years.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
hi to both of you, hahaha I did not expect that many would reply to this thread. I am just curious if how many had already done with their Christmas shopping because some of my friends did it already. Then, I found out that almost all who responded to this thread, have done their X-mas shopping even early last year after Christmas? hahaha that is amazing. I just know this. yes, more than 60 people? I have to give my comments to all of you.. did you know how many minutes I can consume by doing this? hahaha but I am enjoying reading all of it and I got ideas from everyone. hahah we will not cancel Christmas because many people had already wrap their gifts. As what most people here said.
@debny711 (264)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I always start Christmas shopping in October. I hate shopping in crowded stores. although, because of the economy I really don't think the stores will be too crowded this year. I went to Costco the other night and its usually very crowded at night and it was empty. I live in America and Christmas is a big deal in my family. Alot of people have big celebrations at Christmas time. There are alot of Christmas parties going on, we like alot of people celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas is all about family getting together. What part of America do you live in that you don't see people having big festivites for Christmas?
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Well, I live in North Carolina. I did not see people here who have big celebration on Christmas. Well, I am not sure maybe they are just inside their house. Well, in the country where I come from, you will know if they have party because there are many people outside their house, kids plying, drinking and dancing. But here? I don't see anything like that. Maybe in your place. you have that?
@debny711 (264)
• United States
15 Oct 08
We don't hang out outside, kids don't play outside unless it is snowing. Its too cold here at Christmas time. We have a big party inside. Christmas Eve my sister in law has a house full of people and kids. My son dresses up as santa and he gives out the gifts. Christmas Day we open our gifts and I have a house full for dinner. We go to alot of parties. I love christmas time. Its a joyous time.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
oh really? so, maybe they are inside??/ hahaha that's interesting.. yes I understand now why no one could be seen outside the house because it is cold.. not like in our place, we have to stay outside because it's warm inside the house.
@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
2 May 09
I'm so sorry for coming in so late. I'm too late to answer this question now, as the Christmas for year 2008 has already passed and Christmas for year 2009 is still far away.
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@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
3 May 09
Perhaps you are right, presently prices are also down as the holiday shopping rush s yet to start. Thanks.
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Well, not for food...but I do shop for christmas all year 'round. Just not in grocery stores, or other commercial places...garage sales, flea markets, ebay...that's where most of our gifts come from if we don't make them ourselves. Food is bought late November through December (depending when the sales are, and based on what we have in our pantry at home -- which usually isn't alot, but all the same). It kinda annoys me to see christmas stuff already in stores, in October. I'm looking forward to Halloween, I don't wanna see Santa Clause!
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Oh really? you have given m,e an idea.. well, most of you have given me idea on how to avoid rush hour shopping and to save a lot. Good way to save bucks...
• United States
15 Oct 08
No sense in spending full price on something when you can get it for a couple of quarters or sommat, you know? ...*pause* I admit, I also like avoiding crowded places. So yeah. Suits me best lol.
@Metalchick (1391)
14 Oct 08
Went into work the other day and one of my colleagues said his mrs had already finished her christmas shopping and had done most of it throughout the year. I haven't even started yet. Expect i'll leave it till the last few days before the big day. It's normally a rush, panic buying session in any shop going just a few hours or so before christmas. Have decided this year to be a little stricter with myself though and armed with my bank card and laptop I plan to do most of my christmas shopping online through cashback sites which should hopefully make the whole experience a little less hassle and hopefully work out a little cheaper too. As for the shops in my home town at the moment...they've had their decorations up since the beginning of last month. In my opinion the whole christmas season is becoming so comercialised it's losing it's magic. I've noticed this more and more as i've grown up. Used to really enjoy it as a child...couldn't sleep xmas eve night because I was too excited for santa to visit. Nowadays I look forward to the roast dinner but the hassle of buying presents and people rushing about just scares me.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
hahaha you make me laugh when yous said, panic buying session hahaha that's funny!! but most people have no choice because the bonus will be given on December so, they have to wait for that. Otherwise they already set aside budget for presents and they can start buying in whatever month they want to start?javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$cphMainContent$lbStart','')
15 Oct 08
Glad I made you laugh. Will try my hardest to look out for presents when i'm out doing my normally day to day things...might even get a few bargains if I shop about.
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
hi bebs! me too, i've started shopping for gifts this christmas. i dont want to join other people in their christmas rush. but for foods, i dont buy it ahead of time. i just buy it the day before christmas but at an earlier time. take care! stay happy
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
oh!! really? good for you because you already have money to buy Christmas present.. Good luck.
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
i just buy a little every payday. if there is a sale or something. :)
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
14 Oct 08
yeah some country like Philippines have already christmas and decoration.in germany different world some has christmas 24 in the evening coz they follow the old style.they even put christmas tree during 24 of december after church.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Really? oh!! that is unique.. hehehe so they have Christmas right on the 24 &25? hahaha
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
15 Oct 08
yes they have unique but only old ones who is doing it but the new genaration they have modern.
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
Here in the Philippines, as soon as Ber-months come into action, you can expect us Pinoys to do big withdrawals and get a big time shopping. Christmas is highly valued here, probably, our religious culture has taught us so.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
yes I agree with you 100 percent. hahahah Christmas is a big deal to the Filipinos, the gifts and the party.. the food..
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
You might as well plan a visit here during that season. You'll love the hospitality of our great folks here.
@salonga (27835)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
Actually with so many outlets of big Supermarkets sprouting here and there the probability of running out of stocks is very minimal. People will probably run out of money but supermarkets will not run out of stocks. The risk of last minute shopping though are prices getting higher and too many people are in the shops and oh the heavy traffic that will kill much of your time so my hubby would complain why I'm doing last minute shopping. I've started buying pastas, and fruit cocktails actually! The ingredients would be the last I'd buy. But the gifts I've not started maybe by next week I would do so I can start wrapping them. I have promised to myself Bebs that this time I will not do as the past years. I did last-minute shoppings in the past Christmases although I promised each time not to do. I was unable to fulfill my promise though. But now I certainly will not repeat the past mistakes. I will shop and finished it before the month of December comes.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
wow!! good for you my friend, I bet you already received you Christmas bonus? hahaha.. that's what I am always looking forward when I was yet working in there. Well, yes... you are right!! in your place in Manila, there are lots of big supermarkets but in Davao, though there are big supermarkets but they will always run out of Nestle Cream hahahah,,, we always need for fruit salad and other types of desert. You know what? Filipinos are really preparing a lot during Christmas. Here in US? food is not really a big deal during Christmas. There's nothing special.. hahaha unlike what we usually have..
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@salonga (27835)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
In Davao they are running out of Nestle cream? Well I think they should know there is a better alternative...it is Alaska Crema. I am using that one these days. I've totally forgotten about Nestle Cream. I have already bought a lot of them because I am also using them in my Spaghette Sauce. It's the secret to my delicious Spaghetti sauce. Ha!ha!ha! So Filipinos in America will really miss all the food and festivities during Christmas. This is perhaps the reason why my friends in California always go home during Christmas. They don't wanna miss the celebration here.
@YoungInLove (1254)
• Canada
14 Oct 08
Omg I know whatyou mean. I work at a store in the mall and have had people coming in for christmas gifts montths ago. Anytime anything went on sale theyd be like, this will be good for christmas. I cant believe they started so early. I mean its good to grab the merchandise when its on sale, but I really wouldnt want to get gifts this early. God knows if they will like it, or possibly even fit into it by the time christmas comes along, as if we were speaking about clothes.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
wow!! Christmas tree! hahahah too early.. Some people usually start to put up Christmas tree on the first week of December.. Well, some they have it on November last week.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
15 Oct 08
haha .. my first comment is suppose to be for the number 2 response but I mistakenly sent it to you, anyway, yes, I can't believe that some people are done with their Christmas shopping.. hahaha...toot early? still October? others said, they're done in September.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
20 Oct 08
Here in Canada most people start in about November it seems. I usually start around this time of year or earlier. It spaces out the cost of buying the presents easier, I find. I started this year back in September this year. Just because I found something I knew the person would like.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
22 Oct 08
wow good for you!!! September? that's a bit early? anyway, good if we have money.. e can buy nay time there is sale.
@SwtJenlove (1090)
• United States
20 Oct 08
If i could afford to i would shop thruout the year for christmas. one year i might do that. see something i like for a certain person and then grab it and then on to the next person lol.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
22 Oct 08
oh yes, i will do that too if I only have a lot of money? that problem is I have no budget for that.
@tabyorky (281)
20 Oct 08
I have not bought any food for Christmas yet, but have started buying presents. I like to buy them early as got my son's and daughter's birthday presents to buy as well as they are both close to Christmas, and would be too expensive to buy everything in one go.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
20 Oct 08
hahah good for you.. I did not start anything for Christmas.. I have no budget for that yet.