We’re Done Christmas Shopping in July.

September 10, 2017

And not to rub it in or anything, but our holiday season is going to be, like, so stress free.

Wanna know how we did it?

Of course you do.

So we’ll give you an early Christmas present; our top secret strategy to being done Christmas shopping by July.

1. Shop the day after Christmas.

While you just started thinking about Christmas shopping when you saw the title of this article, we’ve been thinking about Christmas constantly. Not that we are Christmas fanatics or anything. We just love a good deal.

And when is the best time of the year to get a deal? Nope, not Black Friday.

The day after Christmas of course. We were halfway done shopping for Christmas 2014 on December 26, 2013.

We take advantage of the fact that stores are trying to get rid of their holiday inventory. This results in radical markdowns, all in the name of shelf space.

Last year we had the best luck at Bed Bath and Beyond and Walmart.

BONUS: When you go to Walmart right after Christmas, buy items when the sales are 50-60% off. Then, when sale prices go to 70-80% off, return the item and buy it back immediately with the new sale price. This ensures that you’ll get the items you want, and at the price that’s super low.

2. Only shop the clearance rack.

Whenever you’re out and about, always check the clearance rack. By constantly looking for a deal, you’ll run across gifts for the loved ones in your life.

We go shopping on Sundays because we like to get some exercise and scour for deals. Every store we go into, we head straight for the clearance rack. If we see something that’s a good deal, and we don’t need it for ourselves, we try to think of someone else that would be excited about the gift.

For example, there were a whole bunch of organic gummy candies on sale for $1 for each bag. We don’t eat too much candy, but we do have to buy a gift for my brother. So guess who is getting a box full of gummies for Christmas? He’ll be pumped, and the candy will be gone within the week. I guarantee it.

3. Don’t be selfish. 

I eluded to this in #2, but I guess I’ll just come right out and say it.

Stop being selfish.

When you’re looking at sales racks, don’t just look for yourself.

I have a tendency to only look for things I want, and definitely don’t need. But Jacob has me trained to look at a clearance rack as an opportunity to mark some names off our Christmas list. I’m kidding myself if I think I need anything else, but what we do need is a nice gift at a rock bottom price.

4. Garage sale it.

We’ve already revealed that we shop for Christmas gifts at garage sales. We get some super nice stuff, too. In fact, the last garage sale gift we gave was met with overwhelming enthusiasm.

Refer to #3, and don’t be selfish when you’re at a garage sale too. Keep an eye out for the stragglers on your list that might be hard to buy for.

We never know what to get Jacob’s brothers for Christmas, but if we keep our eyes peeled at garage sales, we sometimes come across a gift that is unexpectedly perfect.

5. Stalk dealnews, Slickdeals, and Kmart/Sears.

Jacob is a daily dealnews stalker. You have to check it in the morning, otherwise the really good deals are gone, but we have gotten some great deals by keeping up with this site. They do all the hard work, which is actually finding the deals, and their readers capitalize.

Slickdeals is an online forum for frugal people. You can find trending deals from all over the net, often before they are even posted on sites like Dealnews.

Kmart and Sears will give you Shop Your Way points like crazy for 3 months if you sign up for the VIP membership. You will usually only accumulate under $6 in free points at one time, but if you use those points to shop the clearance section online or in store, you can get items completely for free.

In fact, this past Sunday, Jacob got 2 pairs of jeans for free. They were marked down to $20, were over 90% off clearance price, and he had $6 in free points to cover the $3 that he needed for the jeans. This time we weren’t shopping for someone else because, well we’re done Christmas shopping! (Sorry. I just had to say it one more time.) However, you can use Shop Your Way points to buy for someone else, no problem.

How close are you to being done Christmas shopping? Do you have any top secret techniques for Christmas shopping on the cheap?

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44 Comments on "We’re Done Christmas Shopping in July."

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Lee
Lee

How do you know what people are going to need or want for the next Christmas?

Marsha
Marsha

I have started shopping and half way there! Love it!

Money Saving Dude
Money Saving Dude

That’s nice for you. One can definitely save more doing Christmas shopping way before the Christmas season starts. Great job!

Kendal
Kendal
I always tell myself I’ll shop for Christmas early to avoid the late-season chaos, but it never seems to happen! Recently, I’ve become incredibly disenfranchised with how consumer-oriented Christmas has become. It’s not fun anymore — as grown-ups, it’s hard to spend money on a gift just because that’s what’s expected to happen during the holidays. My husband and I are gifting ourselves with zero car payments this year — our car will be paid off in November. As for everyone else, they’re likely getting gift cards (which I buy at a discount). The rest of my budget is going… Read more »
Agnieszka Obara
Agnieszka Obara

Christmas in July..what a great idea! I usually do last-minute Christmas shopping and it is so stressful but of course a bit fun. However, I do agree that the earlier you shop the more time you can compare prizes, the higher the available discounts are and the bigger the savings. Which of course can make you enjoy Christmas more.

The Wallet Doctor
The Wallet Doctor

Congrats on already being done! You can get such awesome deals the day after Christmas. If you can get out there and start making those choices, then you can do quite well. I try to exercise the bargain and discount rack as much as I can. Nothing like getting the perfect item at the perfect price!

Syed
Syed

Buying things without researching ahead of time almost always means you’ll pay more, and sometimes a LOT more. Great job on getting rid of the stress of one of the most trying times of the year.

Debt and the Girl
Debt and the Girl

I hate waiting till the last minute to buy things. I like to shop ahead of time as well. That way you are not paying these crazy prizes simply because you have to. Everyone knows that stores like to jack up their prizes around christmas time because they know a lot of people are going to be scrounging. Good for you for getting it out of the way early.

Brad @ How to Save Money
Brad @ How to Save Money

Sorry, but I just can’t think about Christmas shopping until much later in the year. Say around December 15th. I grant you that you get much better deals doing it your way, but my list is short and I can just never really get my act together. More power to you for having it so together so early in the year.

Natalie @ Financegirl
Natalie @ Financegirl

This is hilarious! I cannot believe it. Well, good for you! You can enjoy your hot chocolate without carrying lots of bags around 🙂

Richard | FrugalityMagazine.com
Richard | FrugalityMagazine.com
It’s funny; not too many years ago I used to work for a company that specially opened gift shops all round the country in October and ran them through till early January to capitalize on the Christmas shopping rush. It never ceased to amaze me how many people left their shopping till the very last minute! More than once at 5pm on Christmas Eve as I was shutting up I’d have some crazed individual (who am I kidding; it was always a guy 😉 literally yelling that I HAD to let him in! Really? Christmas is the same day every… Read more »
dojo
dojo

We don’t shop for Christmas (we’re not too much into celebration), but these are indeed GREAT tips. Shopping in time and finding the best deals can really save you a lot of money

Belinda
Belinda
Excellent tips!!! I always love talking about Christmas!!!! I use a lot of these strategies too, and am currently about 90% done with all Christmas shopping (and other gifts required for other celebrations for the remainder of the year). I usually wait until around September to do the final 10% 0f my shopping, as I like to supplement some of my gifts with consumables such as chocolates etc, which have expiry dates. Finishing up in September still enables me to shop the sales to get really good prices. As I’m a happy ‘budgeting nerd’, I love to maintain a spreadsheet… Read more »
Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans
Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans

AWESOME! This year, I’ll try to get a head start for next Christmas!

Laurie @wellkeptwallet
Laurie @wellkeptwallet

We are starting to get better at this. Last year the kids wanted these great patriotic flip flops for the 4th of July. I didn’t buy them, but later on I saw them on clearance for $2 a pair and got them for Christmas. I’m learning. 🙂

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