How Early Christmas Shopping Saves Money and Time

Don't leave everything to the last minute this Christmas. Read on to find out how getting an early start saves time and money.

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There’s a lot to be gained by wrapping up Christmas shopping by the end of November. Here are a few of my tips that will make this Christmas more affordable and stress-free.   

Shop during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Tick gifts off the Christmas list on the 24th and 27th of November this year by making the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. If you already know what you’re looking for this can be a great way to make savings. In fact, Black Friday is a shopping season in itself these days, with many discounts already on offer. But not every deal is as good as you think, so make sure you do your research and check price comparison sites like CamelCamelCamel.   

Don’t miss out on popular gifts

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Every year there’s a most wanted list of gifts - often including the latest toy craze. The chances are the closer you get to the big day the more likely it is to sell out. And nothing is worse than panic buying a most wanted toy at double the price in December! Or even worse - battling the bids on auction sites.  

Make shopping enjoyable

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Avoid shops bursting with shoppers, long queues and fighting for car park spaces. Once December hits the festive seasonal shopping trips quickly go from a dream to a nightmare. Getting as much of your shopping completed by the end of November is far less exhausting. You will even have time to reward yourself with a festive coffee…or two!  

Avoid buyer regret

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Buying gifts by November avoids last-minute panic buying. When you have time to browse the shops either in person or online you are far less likely to regret your purchase. Use November to check comparison sites and create wish lists of gifts. It’s the best way to avoid overspending and buying something the recipient will love.  

Ensure online orders arrive before Santa

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As our love for online shopping continues to grow it puts additional pressure on delivery companies at Christmas time. Previous years have seen several delivery companies struggle to deliver timely parcels to customers. Make sure you are ahead of the chaos and get all your orders placed before the end of November.  

Get ahead on treats and booze

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Get all those Christmas chocs and drinks stocked up during November. The supermarkets are filled with special offers and discounts earlier each year. Many of the deals end as soon as December kicks in. Just don’t forget to hide all the goodies from the rest of the family until Christmas!  

Sarah-Jane Outten
Editor

Hi, I’m SJ. I’m an editor and content executive here at MyVoucherCodes. I started my journey here as a deals expert which gave me the skills to become a money-saving expert. You can find my tips and recommendations in various publications including The Sun, The Mirror, and The Telegraph.

I gained a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2018, and I’ve put my writing skills into many projects since then. My portfolio at sarahjaneoutten.com includes my work with Cardiff Times, Buzz Magazine and more. 

I write poetry and short stories for pleasure and enjoy getting creative with watercolours and lino printing. I hope that I can merge my love of writing and art into a children's book in the future - watch this space!