This holiday season, you should start early Christmas shopping in September. There are plenty of reasons why. As of 2014, 20% of Americans were early Christmas shopping in September. This number has only grown each year, and retailers have taken notice. With more and more retailers hoping to catch the attention of early Christmas shoppers, how can you not get an early start on your holiday shopping? Learn how you can easily be a smart September Christmas shopper!
For early Christmas shopping, start with a plan. Write down all the people who need to be on your gift list. Think through family members, coworkers, neighbors and close friends. Be thorough, because you don’t want to get to December 24th and suddenly remember a missing gift recipient!
Once you have a complete gift list, it’s time to set your Christmas budget. Do you know how much you’ll have to spend on Christmas gifts this year? Take that amount and divide it by the number of gift recipients on your list. This can be tweaked to meet your needs. Maybe you want to plan to spend less for coworkers and neighbors, but more for family members. Another way to plan your Christmas budget is to decide on a set amount per person or family, then add that up to get your total budget amount.
However you arrive at your budgeted amount, it’s time to decide how to spend it! To start early Christmas shopping in September, it’s pretty simple. Divide your total budget by the number of months you want to be able to shop. If your Christmas budget is the nationwide average of about $550 and you want to be done shopping by the end of November, start your early Christmas shopping with a budget of $183 for each month: September, October and November. With a little planning, and sometimes a few sacrifices, you can make this amount fit into your regular monthly budget.
The great thing about this plan is how doable it sounds! If the thought of having enough money for Christmas gives you a headache, try setting a budget to start early Christmas shopping in September. Merry Christmas!