Half of Brits Christmas shopping already!

Christmas is still 12 weeks away but half of us are buying early to beat the credit crunch.

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More than half of us have started Christmas shopping already, a survey of 8,000 men and women by supermarket giant ASDA has revealed.

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But there’s method to our madness, as three quarters said the early start was a bid to spread the cost of the festive season as the credit crunch continues to bite.

The survey also revealed a third of shoppers are planning to spend less than last year, with 80% saying they hope to spend around £250 less on presents for loved ones.

Think it’s just the shoppers being early birds? The stores are close behind with John Lewis window displays around the country already being dressed for the festive period. And one branch in Hampshire is already selling baubals, giant stockings and mini Santas for excited shoppers to stock up on, despite it only being October.

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