I am one of those who refuses to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving has finished. Shop on Black Friday? There is not a chance. Overall, I like to take part in the enjoyment of Christmas without too much consumerism involved. I make gifts, I shop online when possible, and I enjoy all the free festivals and fun stuff that the season has to offer.
That said, I think the holidays are a great time to save money as well, especially on things I use on a regular basis. In other words, if you look at the larger picture, Christmas can be a time of savings for the future. Even though money is tights with the holidays, I make every effort to take advantage of some of these deals, so I can save in the long term
When I go to the grocery store, I've seen many things on sale now that I would not see on sale at other times of the year-ad I'm talking some serious sales here. Baking products including sugar, canned milk, canned sweet potatoes, turkeys, hams and all kinds of other things are on sale where I live. Not only that, most of the grocery inserts have had good coupons to go with it. I'm looking at five pound bags of sugar being more than half off before a coupon. Most of these items keep for a long period of time.
I have seen piles and piles of really good deals at various deal and discount sites worth saving for later. Joe's Crab Shack will give you a $30 gift card if you buy $100 in gift cards. No matter how I end up using this deal, it will be a winner. I could gift the cards and keep the bonus card. I could sell the bonus card online and keep the others for myself. Right now Groupon has two great offers in my area that are good for at least a year. The first is $50 worth of food for $25 at this continental restaurant. I could put this away toward a birthday or special event sometime six months down the road. They also have $30 worth of books at my local bookstore for $15. This is a really good deal, and I will be getting as many as they allow. I don't buy many books, but I do buy some non fiction and certain magazines-these will be well worth it when I dole them out to myself.
I can buy stuff that I need. I've already missed black Friday and cyber Monday, but if the economy is any example, almost any basic need will be deep discounted between now and Christmas. My daughter just moved from a roommate situation to a single apartment and needs to fill it. She is slowly finding everything from a deep discounted TV stand to new kitchen items. I have a short list of what I want (the same list that goes to thrift stores) so that I can keep my eye out.
For sure I do not have a great deal of money to "invest" this way. I have Christmas and travel ahead. and limited "disposable" monies. I will still certainly take advantage of a few of these deals. I really NEED a couple pans to replace the good pans I left on the stove with the flame still on. I'm looking for green mugs with purple accents for said daughter. From the looks of linen prices, I may do better shopping now instead of waiting for traditional linen sales in January -who knows?
Ill guess I'll be jumping into the Christmas shopping fray here and there-and not just for others!