Based on the past few years of when stores put out their Christmas offerings, next year you can expect the Christmas season to start in June. There were stores that had their Christmas decorations up in August, this year. AUGUST.

Whether you're into it that early or not, it's just about Christmas tree season. By which, I mean this is typically when people start buying their trees and putting them up. With that in mind, I thought I'd pass along some info on the best and worst times to buy your Christmas tree.

The bad news is, when most people want to get a tree and put it up is obviously the most expensive time. If you want to pick up a tree the Monday after Thanksgiving, or Cyber Monday, you'll shell on, on average price, $81 dollars.

According to MarketWatch, the second-worst time to pick up a tree, or make the yearly trek to the tree farm to cut your own down is the day after Thanksgiving where you'll drop, on average, $77 dollars. By the way, as an aside, going to the tree farm to cut down your own tree still confounds me. I mean, it's like going to a buffet; I have to do all the work and still pay the same price as if I went to a different restaurant who served me? Something about that is wrong to me. But I digress.

The best time to pick up your tree? If you're Scrooge you'll love it - Christmas Eve. Even then, you're still going to shell out around $50 dollars for the tree. The week leading up to Christmas you'll pay an extra $10 bucks, dropping an average of $60 dollars.

Or, you could do what I do; buy a fake tree. It's there when you want it, the lights are built in and you've already paid for it, so that's more money you can save for gifts. It's not for everyone, but I prefer to have my trees outside. Plus, this way cleanup is quick, easy and I don't have to figure out how to get the tree home, tie it to my roof wrong, have it fly off my car as I drive down 90 causing several other cars to swerve so as not to be hit, causing a crash that ties up traffic for 2 hours.

Allegedly...