It’s just that “once” now seems to span from pre-Halloween to 12/25/12. Blech.
Point is, as of 11/1/12, store aisles and circulars will be laden with holiday gifts and sales. It’s time to steel ourselves for the onslaught of pre-Black Friday, Black Friday and Christmas sales.
Speaking of, don’t forget to sign up for a Black Friday site. I’m subscribed to BFAds.net. It does regular giveaways and does side-by-side comparisons on the various TVs, computers etc offered on the big day.
So I’m curious how everyone’s saving/shopping is doing. Don’t forget that there are only 17 days left for the Christmas savings challenge. You have a chance to win up to $500. And wouldn’t that provide a lot of stocking stuffers?
I’m still trying to decide what this year’s Christmas spending limit should be. As some of you remember, last year we had a $25 Christmas. Each couple could only spend $25 on a person.
It worked pretty well. We put extra thought into our gifts, and I didn’t have to worry too much about Tim overspending on me.
I would like to increase the spending a bit, but not go crazy. I’m leaning toward a $40 limit. It’s not too much, but it gives us a little more leeway for what we can get each other.
As for actual present buying, almost nothing is done. I haven’t figured out what I’m getting most of the people on my list, let alone actually made the purchases.
Thanks to our old friend Groupon, I have the major part of one person’s present. I hit a sale, used the Groupon and found an old Visa GC with $4 on it. As a result, I got a nice little array of items for $11.04 — including the cost of the voucher itself.
I’ve started Amazon wishlists for Tim and myself. It may be my new favorite thing. And if you install the toolbar option, you can add items from anywhere on the Web.
It’ll make an easy reference for friends and family. Now if only I knew which items on it I was going to get him.
The good news is that I have plenty of rewards points saved up for the seasonal shopping.
How’s your guys’ progress?