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Why You Need to Start Holiday Shopping Early

Published: October 12, 2015 | Updated: November 10, 2020

Holiday shopping takes time, effort and money. If you want to save on all three, you should start shopping right now! Here’s why:

Choose the perfect gifts: Do you want to hit gift-giving gold? Then take the time to really consider whom you’re buying for and what they like. Instead of impulsive purchases that can fall flat, give yourself time to think before you buy. Finding just the right gift for just the right person is an art. Are you an artist?

Compare prices: So you’ve come up with the exact right gift for that special someone. Don’t buy it yet! When you start shopping early, you have time to find that great item at a great price. Check out retail stores but also go online to compare features and prices. And don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price. When you shop early, you’re not competing with tons of buyers –and the seller knows it. They need you more than you need them.

Spread out payments: Have you ever put something on layaway? It’s a great way to buy what you want and pay for it over time without the expense of credit card interest. Even if you don’t use layaway, spreading out your purchases will help you use cash instead of credit which will save you money and help you maintain your good credit.

Save time: The frustrating thing about shopping when everyone else does is that everywhere is so crowded! Roads are gridlocked, parking lots are jammed, lines are long, inventory is low. The shopping trip that would only take you an hour or two today can take you all day in December. What a waste of your precious time!

Be less stressed: Shopping is a much more pleasant experience when you’re not surrounded by crazy consumers all on the same tight deadline as you. When you start shopping early, you get done early. Won’t it be great to sit back and enjoy the holidays instead of stressing over them?

At Charter College, we know it’s hard to stay on a budget, especially during the holiday season, but we know you can do it! We believe in you and your success. Do you? Check out all we have to offer you and your future. We have career-focused programs in business, health care, information technology, veterinary assistant and the trades. If you’re ready to change your life, we’re ready to help you.