Heatwave is finally over in Prince Edward Island and many are looking forward to hit the beach and have some barbecue but according to a frugal columnist, Liz Mackay, this might be the best time to get started with Christmas shopping. Either shop online at UglyChristmasSweater.com or visit your favorite brick and mortar retailer.
Mackay said that there is less than 20 weeks before Christmas therefore it is right to get on with it now. The main reason is that you could really think about the gifts you wanted to give. There are also more deals if you start now rather than picking out something else later on just because it is the most common gift offered by stores.
You can also think about where to buy the gift if it is not available in the store you expected it to be or you can find other sources without racing with time. Christmas shopping creates frenzy in everyone because there is so much to buy with little time and things are getting out of stock in many stores.
While you are buying out school supplies at this time of year, you might as well buy trinkets you could put in the children’s Christmas stocking later on. You can also buy ahead for your kids’ teachers since things are on sale. Remember some shops close down in just a matter of months so don’t be surprised if the store you like will be nowhere its space during the holiday shopping craze.
If you think you are not ready to shop, you can start budgeting to know how much you will need to cover your Christmas list and purchase everything you need for the holiday. This way you don’t have to sacrifice a big percentage of your paycheck from November to December.
You can also opt for handmade gifts which will take time. You can create DIY ugly sweaters or buy one from UglyChristmasSweater.com because this is the latest festive trend for the last few years. You can try knitting or even building something as a Christmas present.