With the holidays on the horizon, many people have started their shopping. Some have been at it for a while already. Does shopping early really help you save money though, or do you just end up buying more that way? For some, I'm sure it works well. If nothing else, it allows you to spread out the spending, so it's not a large chunk of money all at once. You can also take advantage of lots of sales, not just Black Friday and other holiday specific sales. For me, I tend to end up spending more (overall) if I start too early. I pick up lots of cute things, and I'll think I'm done, but then I see so many more cute things later. This is especially true once the holiday sales begin. I also find myself tempted to give the gifts out early. I can't wait, especially when it comes to the little ones. I want to give them their stuff now.