Very few people start thinking about buying holiday gifts in June, but if you do not want to go into debt paying for your holiday gifts, June is the perfect time to begin thinking about them. Beginning to save for your holiday gifts in June gives you six months to put away money for the gifts and search for sales on the items that you know that your family wants. By planning ahead of time, you can make sure that you get the items that you want without having to use credit to do it. Here are some things that you can do to start saving for holiday gifts today.
Create A Holiday Savings Account
Many employers allow their employees to split their direct-deposited paychecks into multiple accounts. It is pretty easy to set up a savings account that has no minimum balance or fees and deposit a percentage of your paycheck into it each pay period. Depending on the number of children and their ages, you should deposit between 5% to 10% of your pay into this account to pay for holiday gifts in December. You do not have to use all of this money for gifts, but it will be available if you need it. Any money that is not spent can be placed into your regular savings account.
Search Clearance Items And Sales
If you look hard enough, you may be able to find the items that you would like to give as holiday gifts on sale or on clearance at various times of the year. Electronics, video games, movies, and books are often on sale during the summer and fall months and clearance items at your favorite stores will change on a regular basis. If you have some money saved for holiday gifts and you see a wanted item on clearance before the holidays, go ahead and purchase the item using your saved funds. Just because the item is in the home doesn’t mean that you have to give the recipient the item right away. Find a creative hiding place for the item or wrap it up early and put it away to be opened during the holidays.