Shoppers driven crackers by cost of living crisis already stockpiling for Christmas

Shoppers driven crackers by cost of living crisis already stockpiling for Christmas

Families are being warned to stock up early to lessen the pain of soaring winter bills (Picture: Getty)

Stressed shoppers are already scrambling to bag Christmas bargains before the cost of living crisis gets even worse.

Retailers including John Lewis say the trend for planning December festivities early has massively accelerated this year.

Sales of the department store’s decorations and trees are already three times higher over the past month than in the same period in 2021.

With 141 days to go until Christmas, the chain currently has almost 30 individual baubles and 11 types of fake festive furs for sale on its website.

This is a technique known as ‘Christmas creep’ in which retailers start promoting winter-themed merchandise earlier every year.

The uber-premature offers range from £4 for a Tower Bridge Santa bauble to £60 for a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee carriage design.

John Lewis’ cheapest fake tree is an own-brand 6ft illuminated version at £149, with the priciest its 9ft Brunswick spruce at £399.

Dozens of Christmas items at Lakeland are also at budget prices. They include Squires Kitchen’s ‘Jaws and Claws’ sugar modelling kit, down from £9.99 to £5.99.

Baubles and faux furs are among the discounted festive items already on offer (Picture: Getty Images)

Emily Van Schmus, of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, said families should be starting their Christmas planning early to make this holiday less of a financial drain.

She added: ‘Over the summer, take an inventory of what you have and make a list of things you’ll need to purchase.

‘Things like extra Christmas ornaments or personalised Christmas stockings for a new family member can be purchased online year-round.

‘If you’re thinking of transitioning to an artificial tree this year, don’t wait until December to make a purchase.

‘Shopping summer sales can help you save some serious cash on this year’s gift haul.’

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Source:: Metro News

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