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  1. heathermama
    January 30, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    those are some good ideas. i am a fearin’ our credit card statements. lol although i have opened them and been paying on them.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 30, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

      Thanks Heather- even if you only set aside 1 or 2 hundred dollars that is still less you have to squeeze out from somewhere else at the last minute!

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  2. Julie Glover
    January 30, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    Every year, I swear that I am going to cross-stitch a Christmas stocking for my husband, and then I remember around November — much too late to make it happen! This is a great idea. I need to think ahead and get crackin’ early. Thanks, Alica!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 30, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

      Of course Julie! I’ve already started my knitting- nothing fancy, but still it’ll be nice to not rush at the last minute.

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  3. Patricia Yager Delagrange
    January 30, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    I love your idea of starting now and buying along the way during the months to come. It would ultimately save me from having to put out a huge chunk of money come December.
    And I like the video. The guy’s voice is a mixture of Bono and someone else.
    I’ve never even heard of this contest.
    Patti

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 30, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

      I found about this contest years ago when on online friend was complaining that her daughter took over the TV to watch it- I found Apocalyptica the next day! The years I have followed this advice I’ve had the best holidays’
      Thanks Patti!

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  4. Kilian Metcalf
    January 30, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I have Christian friends and family members who do. I keep an eye out all year long for gifts, and I stash them in the front closet along with the wrapping paper, gift bags, and bows. I love being Jewish – all we have to do at that time of the year is eat chocolate shaped like gold coins, eat jelly donuts, eat potato pancakes and light candles. I can do this!

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 30, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

      I can eat yummy food, maybe I should look into switching LOL- of course my kids are going to want presents for 8 days straight- I might have to wait until they leave home.

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  5. Lynn Kelley
    January 30, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    I try to buy gifts throughout the year when I see a good deal. The holidays just sneak up way too fast. I like that song.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 30, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

      The holiday’s are very sneaky Lynn- I think if I get some gifts cards ready for Amazon’s cyber Monday sales and finish all my knitting by November 30th I’ll be super happy! Of course I’ll have tee shirts for everyone to support my addiction to teefury.com 🙂

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  6. gingercalem
    January 31, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    I say EVERY year that I’m going to start buying early and be all done and cruise through the holidays. Never happens. Woot has a shirt of the day and I often chuckle and think of the person I’d buy it for. Ah … all good plans. Maybe THIS will be the year? 🙂 Great tips.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 31, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

      I love shit.woot and teefury I check them every day- I’m a little obsessed. I’ve already bought my first gift shits this year 🙂

      I’m think about reminding everyone in August- maybe I can help you reach your goal of an easy holiday.

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  7. Emma Burcart
    January 31, 2012 @ 1:51 am

    This year was the year that I did things different. I have a friend who buys all year round and she encouraged me to do the same. It was awesome! When Christmas rolled around I literally had everything I needed except for two things. They were all nicely stacked in the cupboard where I decided to store them. Now, if only there was a way to get out of wrapping, Christmas would be perfect! Great post.

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 31, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

      Wonderful- I love it when plans come together. As for wrapping- the only advice I have to offer is gift bags 🙂

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  8. August McLaughlin
    January 31, 2012 @ 3:51 am

    I’m a fan of early holiday prep, too. My mom starts so early, she gets post-Christmas discounts. LOL

    Ooh…teefury.com. I’m intrigued! Off to check it out. 😉

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 31, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

      I love teefury- sometimes they will have a run of shirts I don’t care for but when they have something I like I get really excited. If you check daily you will find the perfect tee shirt for the special geek in your life. LOL- Thanks August

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  9. Lesann
    January 31, 2012 @ 4:57 am

    Some excellent ideas!

    I shop year round too, making like a squirrel and storing good gift objects away for future use. I’ve been so busy this January that the Christmas tree and ornaments made it upstairs into the guestroom…and that’s where they’ll stay until I find time to pack everything away in the closet. That could have been better thought out.

    On the upside, I bought stamps last Saturday and can now finish my Christmas cards….

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      January 31, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

      LOL- I never got around to Christmas cards, but last week I finally mailed my last two packages with Christmas gifts in them. Thanks Lesann

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  10. Fabio Bueno
    February 1, 2012 @ 4:51 am

    Wow, this is what “planning ahead” means! 🙂
    I’m a compulsive gift-giver. When I see something that I think it’s perfect for a friend, I buy it and store it, sometimes for months.
    I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one…

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    • alicamckennajohnson
      February 2, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      You’re definitely not alone- I’ve already bought tee shirts for this coming holiday season! LOL!

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  11. Debra Kristi
    February 1, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    Excellent idea with the gift cards Alica! , Planning ahead can make a big difference in any budget. Thank you for all the great tips.

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