Even though it is early November a quick trip around any of the major shopping centres in the UK will reveal signs of Christmas popping up all over. Many of the major supermarkets already have their shelves stacked high with Christmas gifts, including selection boxes, Christmas cards and various decorations. But it this too early? It can cause heartache for many families who see the Christmas items going on sale all over the UK, as many families, now more than ever are struggling to meet the financial demands that are associated with Christmas. Some may even argue that if the temptation of Christmas wasn’t put in front of them then they may not have to buy many of the non-essential items that are heavily promoted around this time of the year.
So, what can people do about this? Well, the obvious answer would be to ignore what is there and focus on getting what is needed when you go shopping. Do you really need to buy that massive selection box in early November, and if so, will it still have its contents intact as you approach Christmas. Another way to avoid the Christmas pull is to shop online and using a list to detail what you would like to buy for certain people. My using this disciplined approach to shopping for gifts you could find yourself saving money in comparison to trawling round the shops with temptation everywhere.
Christmas will be here sooner than we think; the key to saving money in the lead up to Christmas is to try to remain disciplined on what you buy. Maybe even come to an agreement with certain relatives not to actually buy them anything. Although this does seem a little trite, your relatives may also appreciate the arrangement and not have to worry about buying you something you don’t really need, or indeed want.