Well, have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
According to a new study, 1 in 3 Brits have already made a start on their Christmas shopping – although I'd wager that a fair few Playpennies readers have probably already FINISHED their Christmas shopping by now.
The survey of 1,067 UK adults (conducted by heating oil supplier Super Saver Oil) has revealed that 34% have already begun to stock up on essential items to beat the pre-Christmas supermarket rush.
That's in part due to the fact that families say they tend to run out of food and other essentials during the festive period, with 26% of Brits using up their supplies of home heating materials (coal, logs and oil) during the Christmas festivities.
A quarter of Brits (24%) run out of batteries before the Christmas season begins (DON'T FORGET TO BUY THE BATTERIES!) and a further 21% say they run out of drinks. Other popular items likely to dissipate are kitchen foil (9%), parcel tape (5%) and firelighters (3%).
I'm kind of useless when it comes to Christmas shopping. I do start early but in a haphazard sort of way whereby I impulse-buy the odd thing here and there, and then completely forget where I've hidden it when the time comes to get my wrapping done.
And while part of me envies those organised types who have all their presents bought and wrapped by July and their cards all written and posted in November, I also think there's something a tiny bit joyless about being over-organised when it comes to Christmas shopping.
I like meandering round the shops during the festive season and don't really feel Christmassy until I've had a proper session of Christmas retail therapy. Somehow doing it all online in three months in advance just doesn't have the same appeal for me.
I also don't really get all these people running out of food at Christmas, either. My house tends to be the opposite for the entire month of December, pretty much heaving with festive foodie treats. I do like stocking up on the odd bottle of Baileys or box of sweets ahead of schedule, though, and you can nab some serious bargains on such things round about now.
Here are the items consumers are most likely to run out of at Christmas:
Food – 48%
Home heating fuel (coal, logs and oil) – 26%
Batteries – 24%
Drinks - 21%
Cleaning products – 19%
Laundry detergent - 16%
Loo roll –11%
Kitchen foil - 9%
Parcel tape – 5%
Firelighters - 3%
Does this ring true for you? Do you stock up on household essentials before the Christmas season begins on account of the likelihood that your usual supplies will run dry?
And more importantly, how much of your Christmas shopping have you already done? Leave us a comment below or join the debate over on our Facebook page.