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Make the Most of the Sales for Christmas

By: Christine Whitfield BA (hons) - Updated: 3 Nov 2011 | comments*Discuss
 
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No matter the time of year, it doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking about Christmas. We all know how expensive Christmas can be. Planning ahead is the smart thing to do if you want to save your pennies when Christmas comes around. The sales that take place throughout the year are the ideal place to start.

Christmas Shopping

When you’re doing your Christmas shopping you’ll no doubt take advantage of any offers you see. If you see a two for one or buy one get one free deal then you’re bound to pick it up. However throughout the rest of the year you’re more than likely to ignore the offers you see. How often do you see the summer sales as an opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done? Have you ever seen the autumn sales as the perfect chance to get some presents in? Of course not. But maybe you should.

The Sales

The sales are the ideal opportunity to get your presents in. It’s at this time that you can find the perfect presents for your friends and family at a really great price. Often the sunny weather and summery clothes in the shops make people forget about Christmas and think the items on sale just won’t do at Christmas. But just think how nice it would be for your family members to find something a little unusual under the tree this year?

Buying in Bulk

One of the best things about the sales is you can buy in bulk for a relatively little amount of money. This means stocking fillers are easy to buy. Indeed, by shopping in the sales you can save a great amount and get much more for the money you spend therefore giving your little ones their best stockings yet.

Find Something Unusual

Of course, another plus of doing your Christmas shopping in the summer sales is it gives you the chance to buy things no one else will be buying. It is not uncommon to find you receive two of the same gift at Christmas, after all everyone is using the same shops and there’s only so much stock! However if you have done your shopping several months before it is much more likely the presents you give will be more unique.

You may think it is far too soon to consider Christmas shopping but the sooner you start the more relaxing your Christmas will be. No more rushing around at the last minute paying extortionate prices for gifts as the shops make the most of the demand. Instead you can pick up perfect presents for next to nothing and enjoy the run up to Christmas for what it should be – spending time with family, carol singing, meeting with friends – instead of queuing in the hustle an bustle and panicking at the last minute.

Get a head start this year and make the most of the summer sales. If you've missed the summers sales, see some more of our tips on finding budget gifts at Christmas.

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