I used to start basically the day after Christmas, because that's when things would go on sale. I did a lot of shopping back then, so starting right away, especially when I had received gift money for Christmas, was helpful, since I could spread the cost throughout the year. I had more storage space back then, and the children in the family were younger, so were easy to buy for. Nowadays, my family has cut back significantly on Christmas shopping, so I don't have to start immediately, and I often make gifts, so will start them several months before the holidays, but not as soon as I used to. When do you start your holiday shopping? Do you shop as much as you used to, or have you cut back?