Budgeting for holiday shopping

Published: Nov. 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM EST
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Shoppers were unanimous on Monday, Nov. 24, in saying they don't wait for holiday deals to do their holiday shopping.

"I love to shop, so I shop all year," said 

(WTVM) - Jackie Murray from Columbus, Ga.

"We usually start buying presents - oh I don't know, three or four months early," added 

Michael Jones, also from Columbus.

Columbus shoppers say there's no waiting till the last minute to make or check their gift lists. Households with an annual income of $50,000 or less are more likely not to make a gift list at all. Yet shoppers in Columbus plan their gifting as a regularly budgeted items.

"Just to make sure that we have enough for whatever we're going to spend," 

Jones explained "

So, that way we have enough money in the event of an emergency or something happens."

How much is enough? One study suggests 54 percent of adults plan to spend $400 or less on gifts for friends and family this year. Murray's gift to her family is simply monetary.

"Well I have two kids and now they're teenagers," Murray said. "So, now what we do is we just go ahead and give them their money that Thursday so they can go ahead and do their shopping."

Murray and Jones agree that the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday deals are tough to touch. Jones adds getting the better deals for the family, early on is sometimes easier to do online.

"We can get a lot of stuff that would normally be - we'll say, like $100, sometimes you can get good deals for half the price," Jones added. 

Whether shopping online or in-person these shoppers say their lists are made early. So, now instead of last minute crunching, they're just checking them twice.

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