PromotionalCodes.com Suggests Preparing for Christmas in July

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Holiday retail sales in 2012 totaled $579.8 billion dollars in the U.S. according to the National Retail Federation, but savvy savers who spread out holiday purchases throughout the year can avoid December debt.

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Planning and purchasing gifts in advance will not only go a long way to maximize savings over time, but also helps alleviate the hustle and bustle associated with the holiday season.

The holidays can be extremely expensive times of the year, so PromotionalCodes.com today released tips for how to prepare in July to relieve the financial burden often felt in November and December. Holiday retail sales in 2012 totaled $579.8 billion dollars in the U.S. according to the National Retail Federation, but savvy savers who spread out holiday purchases throughout the year can avoid December debt.

“Planning and purchasing gifts in advance will not only go a long way to maximize savings over time, but also helps alleviate the hustle and bustle associated with the holiday season,” said Regina Novickis, consumer savings expert with PromotionalCodes.com. “Along with avoiding overspending on last minute necessities, early shoppers can also say goodbye to the long wait in the mall parking lot.”

Here are the top five tips from the experts at PromotionalCodes.com to maximize savings when holiday shopping in July:

1.    Put the bikini down, but grab a tablet or headphones

While clothes can be difficult to buy early due to seasonality, electronics can be purchased in advance and stored for Christmas. The Dell XPS is the world’s thinnest and lightest portable all-in-one featuring an 18.4’’ full HD touch display and the best battery life in its class. Monster Products is offering 15% off its DNA headphones as well.

2.    Stock up on swag for outdoorsmen

Fourth of July will bring great sales for outdoor gear and backyard supplies. July and August are a great time to purchase barbeques, sporting equipment like kayaks and more. REI is one of the many outdoor retailers offering amazing deals during the Fourth of July season on PromotionalCodes.com.

3.    For the nesters, search for home décor and furniture

Summer time is peak time for saying “I do’s” and along with it comes great sales from Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath and Beyond and more. If a loved one is looking to stock up the house with linens, kitchen appliances or other home décor, this is a great time to ride the sales.

As the old adage goes, July is a great month to buy furniture because the new fall collection begins to come out in the following months so retailers offer deep discounts at this time of year. This can be a hard gift to hide however, so only purchase a big item like furniture if space permits.

4.    Christmas can come in other months too

Use sites like PromotionalCodes.com to stay on top of sales throughout the year if looking for a specific item. Using coupons and discounts on gifts can add up to big savings by never leaving the promotional code box at checkout blank when shopping online.

5.    Set a calendar reminder

Even the savviest early shopper can hinder efforts by forgetting the gifts purchased in advance. To avoid double Christmas shopping, make a reminder for late November or early December so gifts purchased early will be remembered.

To begin holiday shopping early and find the best deals, visit PromotionalCodes.com or follow the site on Facebook or Twitter to receive the latest exclusive coupons from over 20,000 retailers.

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