To be Christmas ahopping
Busybuzzybumblebee · 22/07/2015 21:19
I know it's really early but we're not exactly flush so I start really early, got a few bits this month. To add to it all my dc bday is early jan before the jan payday, so have to get both sets of pressies. Anyway it happened to come up at work and you'd think I'd just shat in the floor the horrified reaction. I thought it was normal to start early???? Or is it just me?
MrsHathaway · 22/07/2015 21:24
You want the Christmas topic where everyone will sympathise.
I think Christmas shopping in July is horribly depressing. If you need to spread the cost, save up. Christmas already lasts as long as retailers can possibly string it out. Pressurising oneself to make things perfect by planning from the previous spring is just hideous.
TruJay · 22/07/2015 21:25
My mum and I started getting a few bits earlier this month for my dcs when we went to the Disney store and there was a huge sale. We don't have a huge amount either so if I see a bargain, I grab it, just sensible in my opinion, it doesn't really affect others so I don't understand the negativity surrounding it.
If you can afford to go out and buy everything two weeks before xmas that's great but I have to do it bit by bit.
MrsHathaway · 22/07/2015 21:28
I just ...
DM used to buy throughout the year, and it was painfully obvious because on Christmas Day you'd open things that were really relevant to stuff you'd been into earlier in the year but no longer liked. And you had to be grateful for it because at some point it had been a really thoughtful present.
glenthebattleostrich · 22/07/2015 21:31
When I but early its things like Lego, clothes, dolls, prams etc. Stuff that's pretty much used throughout the year.
We do budget for a 'must have' item too. I didn't convince a friend to go halfway across London to get the last snow blower Elsa in the fucking world then courier it, oh no
Dolallytats · 22/07/2015 21:32
Not unreasonable at all. We too are skint and have had to tell everyone we are only buying for the smaller children this year-have even had to tell the adult children that we can't get them anything. I don't like it, but that's the way it is.
The trouble with saving instead of buying presents (I've found anyway!!) is that I know there is money if I need to dip into it. If you buy a physical item there's no pot to take from.
FarFromAnyRoad · 22/07/2015 21:34
Holy freakin' smoke - this is doing my head in! It's JULY for the love of mercy!
Anyway - 10000000% what ilovesooty said, with bells on
Perhaps the horrified reaction was because it's a bit early to be discussing Christmas?
People can do what they like but I wish they'd lay off the subject until a few weeks before
Honestly - if you're banging on about Christmas in Ju-fucking-ly then I'm embarrassed for you. Stop it!
specialsubject · 22/07/2015 21:35
logic of this escapes me...if money is tight, reduce presents! So the boiler conks out and you've no money but lots of plastic tat?
no presents for adults makes sense and we should all do it. Spend time together, share food. The planet and your wallet thanks you.
Busybuzzybumblebee · 22/07/2015 21:41
I am using an extreme, my point is there is always something else to spend the money on, so buy as you go. I am not looking to justify what I spend on Xmas, my question was when people start shopping, as thought loads of people started early. My budget etc is irrelevant
DinosaursRoar · 22/07/2015 21:41
For things like shift work and holiday allowances in some companies, sadly you do need to think about it early, or if you leave it until say, November, then you'll find that other more organised people will have already booked their leaved/bagsied the good shifts.
We don't normally think about it until October when the Ocado order slots become available, but might need to get Dh to book a few days a lot earlier than that as at work either him or another colleague has to be in, and both will be fighting over the school holidays. (Used to be easier when he was working with child-free types who only wanted term time holidays and would happily be the on-call people for Christmas so long as he'd cover New Year).
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