December shopping before LABOR DAY? Does that sound absurd?
Actually, some of my frugal friends love to do their winter holiday shopping during the summer months. Lulu, for example, likes to save money by shopping year-round for presents.
In that fashion, she can stretch out her holiday budget and purchase gifts as the mood and the price move her.
Lulu stockpiles gifts in the garage or a closet and really, really tries to focus on finding the right gift for each person on her list.
She's not alone. That idea was recently touted in a current issue of a magazine. [I will look for the publication.]
Back-to-school promotions -- especially with the tax holidays in different states -- represent a great time to pick up trinkets, clothes, and paper goods for less. I also like the end-of-season sales that arrive with August.
I once purchased a cute jacket from Ann Taylor Loft for $15....reduced down from $105. I wear the jacket often and constantly receive compliments on the item.
So forget Black Friday! Let other people fight the Post-Thanksgiving crowds. I'll take the leftovers.