Not too long ago Sophia did a post on how people buy their books. From what I could tell most of us buy on impulse when it comes to our books. I am most definitely one of the impulse buyers. If something looks or sounds good, I will snatch it up. With Christmas coming up, I got to wondering if everyone was the same way when it came to buying presents for their people.
My extended family has this crazy thing where we all draw names. I say it is crazy because there are 11 of us and 5 of them are my family. So if you do the math that means that there is 1 other person that I (because I do the shopping. My six month old is not going to be buying anything) would not buy for. Last year the person we didn’t draw was my mom. Come on. Am I really not going to buy a Christmas present for my mom? Seriously.
Long ago my mom tried to instill planning in to me. My mom, bless her heart, starts her Christmas shopping for the next year on December 26. I swear I was getting boxes of present for my kids in June this year. Who has all their Christmas shopping done in June? I think by that point I might have considered what I was going to buy but to already have it bought, wrapped and shipped? No way.
One year I tried it my mom’s way. I started looking in January and bought a ton of stuff throughout the year. I was pretty darn proud of myself because I had everyone done before Thanksgiving rolled around. I was so smug thinking I could sit back and prop up my feet for the rest of the year.
And then you know what happened? My true nature took over and I impulse bought a whole second set of Christmas presents for everyone. Fail. All planning ahead did for me was make me spend more. I came to the conclusion that it might be best for me to wait until those final two months of the year. While everyone else enjoyed my impulse buys I was crying to myself as I paid the credit card bill that month.
So does your holiday shopping resemble your book shopping? Are you one of those dreaded planners who sets a budget and sticks to it? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants? How do you feel about December 24 shopping? Let me know!
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