How many of you noticed Christmas items out at stores BEFORE Halloween? I saw Christmas things beginning to make their display in SEPTEMBER! I know that bothers a lot of people, but in my own little world, I'm thrilled! I am one of those crazy individuals who shop for Christmas all year long. This is for several reasons:
1.) I have a TON of people to shop for. I couldn't possibly do it all in just one month. I'm a very busy person and I often work 60 hours a week and then am rarely home for the weekends.
2.) I am frugal and will only settle for the very best price possible. When you wait until December (or even November) you have much less leeway in the prices. You don't have the liberty of waiting until a better sale comes along. Because you NEED that gift NOW, you are, in essence, under the control of the seller.
3.) I want to give the perfect gift. I don't want to settle for the stereotypical coffee and cookie basket--I want to give each person something that will bring them joy. Sure, it could be the coffee and cookie basket, but how many other baskets will they be getting that year? I pay attention to the likes and needs of those I love and make a conscious effort to tailor a gift especially for them. If I see that perfect gift for an individual, and it happens to be March, I'll buy it and put it away until December! I have no problem waiting several months to wrap it and give it.
4.) One word: CLEARANCE. Have you ever seen a 90% off sale at Target or Wal-Mart? It's Heaven. 90% off ornaments, decorations, wrap, cards, dishes, gifts, etc...Why pay full price when you know immediately after Christmas they will be drastically cheaper?
I love this time of year. I love being able to give and make others happy. I love the colors, the decorations, the music, the cheer, the snow (YES, I love the snow!), the food, the gatherings. What is not to love?
All throughout the season I'll be posting little tips for helping you save this holiday. It might work for you, it might not, but let's share!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Posted by Emmy Coffee at 10:42 AM