How to Start Preparing for Christmas Shopping Right Now

I know, I know. It’s July and more people are thinking about ways to escape the heat than about Christmas. But hey, it’s never the wrong time for Christmas, in my opinion, and it’s always a good thing to be prepared ahead of time!

1 – make a list

Y’all should know by now that I make lists for absolutely everything. And making your Christmas shopping list early saves a lot of headache during that last-minute Christmas shopping when you’re rushing around the store trying to remember if you got something for Johnny and what you needed to add to Sue’s gift basket.

If you’re going to do a big gift (like the gift basket I mentioned), it would be a good idea to list everything you want to include in it. Or, if you’re not as much of a planner and like to get what feels right in the moment, at least make a very basic list. Even a list of the people you have to buy for and a place to jot down what you bought is helpful – and I just whipped up a handy dandy freebie to help you with that! If you’re already a subscriber to my newsletter, you’ll have gotten it by now.

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2 – set yourself a budget

That printable just up above this paragraph? Yeah, that’s got a place for you to track how much you spend on your gifts, too! Figure out a reasonable budget for yourself and stick to it.

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3 – shop frugally

Research and figure out when stores have their best sales, then hit them up and grab a few of those more expensive presents for a reduced price.

Another great way to save money with Christmas gifts is to make your own! There are tons of cute and easy homemade gifts that would make some people happy. 😉

Shop thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. I bet a lot of people just cleaned out their houses because of COVID-19, so there are probably some great deals out there!

4 – save those pennies

If you still would prefer to do your shopping around Christmastime with all the cheery holiday bustle, you can at least start saving right now! A cash stash bank account is a good way to save up a few dollars – it’ll automatically put the change from your purchases on your debit card into that account. You can also save the cash and change from your shopping trips or set aside a certain amount every month. Whatever works best for you!

And there you have it, four super simple ways to start preparing for Christmas shopping now! What are some ways that you prep ahead of time for Christmas? Please share; we’d love to learn your tips and tricks!

Until next time,

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