It's true that seeing Halloween candy next to Christmas decor in the shopping aisle bugs me silly. But, it's also true that I start Christmas shopping very early. I hate being out in the stores anytime after Thanksgiving. God forbid I have to step foot in a mall during the holidays. Panic attack, anyone?
So, I've been gathering stuff for my family here and there for the last few months. Remaindered perfume gloss for a dollar at Payless (and I have a 20% off coupon) got put away for a stocking. Free beaded bracelets I got with my swagbucks are going to my nieces. They don't look cheap at all. I used my swapadvd credits to get a brand new movie for someone too. It still had a factory seal on it. I used an amazon gift card gleaned from swagbucks to help buy a Timex watch for my son. I almost have enough Disney Movie Rewards credits (almost all found on email newsletters and freebie sites) to get something worthwhile.
I still have to fill in the blanks here and there with some fun freebies. But, I just printed out a coupon for a free bag of Lindor truffles. Now is the time to start signing up for freebies to fill those stockings. Last year I got packs of gum from our local gas station by filling out a questionnaire. Great for my gum loving kids.
If you're short on funds you can still fill a Chrismtas stocking for almost no money. The trick is to get started right now.
Here's a few sites that I love to browse for freebies and goodies:
Freebies 4 Mom
And here's a link to an old post I did on stocking stuffer ideas.
If it's still warm enough outside for garage sales you might try the freebie boxes too. I just had my own garage sale and can say honestly that I put some pretty good stuff in those freebie boxes. I sold the other kids toys for a song also.