7 Reasons to Start Your Holiday Shopping Now ...


I admit it: I'm a crazy person.

I've already finished most of my holiday shopping, and it's only mid-October.

But while my friends and family merely roll their eyes at me, and assume it's part of my larger OCD, I keep my mouth shut and bask in the truth.

I won't be anywhere near a mall on Christmas Eve, frantically searching for a last-minute gift for Gramma.

I got started early, and will be calm and relaxed while they're all going crazy at Christmas.

There are a lot of advantages to starting your holiday shopping early...

here are my 7 reasons to start your holiday shopping now!

1. Not One Big Budget Hit

Not One Big Budget Hit

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If you split your holiday shopping across months, rather than weeks, your pocketbook won't feel the pinch in quite the same painful way.

Here's an example: if your budget over all is $1,000, over five weeks, that's $200 per week.

If you split it up across 10 weeks, though, that's only $100 per week, a much more manageable amount.

2. More Variety

If you start your holiday shopping in the late summer or early fall, you'll have access to three seasons' worth of shopping, not just one (winter)...

which means more variety, and more fun shopping!2

Maybe you'd prefer to buy something other than heavy sweaters and gloves...

if you shop early, you can give light scarves and even sandals!

3. More Time to Be Thoughtful

The more time you have to think about what to give your friends and family, the better and more meaningful the gifts will be.

If you're rushed, trying to buy for everyone, you might even resort to a gift card.

Or worse, a Snuggie!

4. Less Stress

Less Stress

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Even if your holiday shopping is only half-done at Thanksgiving, you'll feel a lot less stress going into the holiday season knowing that if nothing else, you can always finish online.

Less traffic, fewer screaming kids at the mall, less slogging your way through slushy parking lots to get to a store only to find out they're sold out of the iPod you want.

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