You might think you should shop early because of the typical benefits of better sales, financing options, short lines, etc. But in reality, shopping early for the holidays allows you some more important benefits:
- “How can I help you?” Oh wait, you can’t. You’re a temp. Shop early and you can avoid the temporary sales clerk, who really has another job…or not, and has no idea of the products they sell or even where to find them in the store.
- You don’t need another bear. Who really needs the added step of being pressured into buying a silly, stuffed, imported-from-Taiwan bear that benefits another foundation? If I wanted a stuffed animal, I know I can probably find one. And I don’t care if they pile them up so high you can see them from the parking lot. Go now, because the bears are still in a warehouse.
- And speaking of parking. If you shop early, you can avoid accidentally stepping into the mounted horse patrol’s “meadow muffins” (or the “lot lumps”) they recklessly leave behind. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like horse hummus on your heel. Maybe that’s how they slow down the shoplifters.
- Research shows you live longer when you shop early. Okay, maybe not real research. But it makes sense that if you get more sleep, you are going to be healthier, right? So sleep in on Black Friday and dream about all the presents you already have wrapped. Then watch football and eat too much.
- The weather. You can actually shop in comfort. We all know that hauling a heavy coat around while shopping can be cumbersome. Especially if you shop online. It makes no sense to walk around your home in a heavy coat.
- Johnny Mathis. Seriously. Shop before your chestnuts get roasted on an open fire, and you can avoid the dreaded crooner Christmas tunes from the ‘50’s. Enough already. Isn’t a background track of Adele better? Wait…maybe not.
When and where you decide to get your shopping done, remain calm and remember the holly jolly holiday spirit.