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Christmas in August: Save Now, Buy Now

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Kids are just getting back to school, but it's time to think about Christmas. Yes, Christmas in August.

It's not too early if you want to avoid two things: that December panic about where the money is going to come from and about avoiding the shopping time crunch. If you start now, you can avoid both.

Can you set aside $25 a week? If you can, that's a grand total of $525 before Christmas to use for shopping. Even if you can only do half of that, it helps.

Shopping now rather than later helps in two ways. You aren't packing it all in around the busy holidays and you can jump on some early sales opportunities.

I scoured some shopping blogs to find that in August it's a good time to buy laptops. If that's on a Christmas list, maybe you want to get it now. In September, as the weather gets chilly, bikes start to go down in prices. And that is something many kids ask Santa to get them.

In October, there are quite a few things to knock off the holiday list like children's toys. You'll need those. Nice jeans, too, because there is overflow from the back-to-school supply. October is also good time to get that nice jewelry and anything for the gardener in the family.

Now, November is a great time to think about getting that cookware you want. It's on sale. And in December it's electronics - like TVs.

But here's a tip: Start looking now at prices for the TV or cutlery, so that when you see something advertised later in the year as a great sale you'll know whether it's really a good deal or not.

And lastly, when is the best time to buy an iPhone? Last year I got my husband an iPhone, but it was an older model at a great price. But by older model, I mean a day old. You see, I got a good deal on an iPhone because I got it after the new phones -- the 5C and 5S - came onto the market. Literally, I ordered his phone the next day. And rumor has it the new iPhone 6 will come out in September, maybe early October, so be ready to jump online and buy.

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