Experts weigh in on best time to shop for Christmas

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is less than two months away.

Experts say people who haven’t started their holiday shopping are already falling behind.

According to the National Retail Federation, about 40 percent of Americans start their holiday shopping before Halloween.

Experts tell NBC News that shoppers who start early can get better deals on certain items than those who shop closer to Christmas.

Anything denim will most likely be cheaper in October than in November.

According to Louis Ramirez, senior features writer with, a lot of stores currently haves sales on denim for 40 to 60 percent off. Those sales will likely be replaced in November with sales that have a minimum purchase requirement.

Most experts also agree now is the time to buy outdoor items like camping gear, grills and patio furniture because stores are selling them at discounted prices in order to make room for winter stock.

However, there are some items shoppers may want to hold off on buying.

Experts say shoppers who are looking for a new TV, computer or tablet should wait until Black Friday to get the best deals.

Also, stores will start slashing prices on holiday decorations starting around Thanksgiving.

Toys are a tricky category.

Toy prices usually hit their lowest prices in mid-December, but some of the popular toys could be sold out by then.

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