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(November 10, 2010 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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I absolutely love the holiday season. I love everything about it Ė picking out the perfect gifts, hot cups of cocoa by the fire, reading books with winter weather outside. Itís all outstanding as far as Iím concerned, and my obsession with the holidays extends a bit further than most. I start my holiday shopping now Ė well before Thanksgiving Ė and hereís why.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

There are always super hot items that everyone wants over the holidays, and I donít usually fight for those, but I do get a bit picky when it comes to certain things. Iíve been burned once before when an item I needed was off the shelves and unavailable before Christmas morning. I wasnít even that late in the season, but I was out of luck and I now try to never come up against that obstacle. I head out to the stores or I go online to shop now just to be sure I get exactly the right thing.

Lower Prices Ė No Really!

Stores are on to our little games. They know that there are big discounts expected right after Thanksgiving extending through the holiday season. So, every year Iíve watched some prices scoot up right before Thanksgiving, just so that they can be marked down again before Christmas. If you shop during the late fall rather than the early winter, the stores are still trying to move items after the beginning of school rush and often youíll find some terrific bargains. This fall especially there seem to be more coupons than ever before floating around.

Fewer Crowds

While holiday shopping is great fun, holiday crowds are not. The crowds are a part of the holidays, sure, but that doesnít mean I have to endure them. You will almost never find me desperately trying to find specific items in the mob scenes right after Thanksgiving. I might go out shopping, but itís usually more for fun things that I stumble across rather than something Iím going to have to physically fight someone else for in the middle of the electronics aisle. Shop in peace in the weeks before Thanksgiving and you can spend your Thanksgiving holidays setting up your decorations for December instead of elbowing your way to the last remaining whatever.

Price Adjustments

Depending on where you buy certain items, youíre likely eligible for a price adjustment if an item goes on sale within a certain amount of time. Consider the typical holiday shopping season. Right around the end of November, everything is slashed for the weekend. Most people are trying to run and grab the Wii or DVD player that is now on sale. You, however, are able to breeze into the store bearing the receipt for the item you bought last week.

Since youíre within the fifteen or thirty days required for price adjustments, you are able to return and buy the item again (often without it even being in the store) for far less than you paid on the day the store was empty. You get the perfect item, you get it for the same discounted price in the holiday ads and youíre in and out of there again in record time.

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United Kingdom
Posted On: November 29, 2010
I hear about people being trampled underfoot at Black Friday sales... O.o Even in our January sales, people aren't quite that brutal.

I once had a woman try to snatch a skirt from my hands once in the sales, tho. It was the last in my size and it was pretty; red velvet. She gave me a glare when I pulled it away just in time. XD
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Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 27, 2010
We have Black Friday here in the states, which is always the day after Thanksgiving, and that's the time for us to shop is in November.

I think Aaron's Aunt might seriously be depressed if she lived with you in the UK Miranda, lol! She LOVES Black Friday, they go every year!

I've only ever been once, since our paychecks quite normally are not alligned with the holiday. But last year it did and we went to the mall. It was crazy hec.tic, but still fun. I got some great deals that day, lol. But now that I've had my experience I don't think I'd like to do it again. Maybe when I'm older and have teenage girls as a bonding experience, but not right now or near future for me.
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United Kingdom
Posted On: November 26, 2010
Over here, it's different; there's often special offers in supermarkets and stores that only start in December. So all the people getting their Christmas shopping done in early November miss out on those.
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