For most of us, decorating for the holidays is a must and it doesn’t quite feel like the holidays if we don’t. For others, decorating isn’t really important, which overall, I guess that’s the best way to save on décor. I kid, I kid. Anyways, Christmas décor can get super pricey which often times makes many of us either go light on decorating or festivities in general. There’s no reason to hold back at the holidays as it’s the one time a year going “ham” on being happy and enjoying oneself is allowed and normal. Decorating is one of the ways I enjoy the holidays and celebrate it so it’s hard for me to NOT do it just because it’s expensive. So, here are a few ways to still decorate without giving an arm and a leg while doing so.
Reuse Old Decorations – It’s definitely ok to put out the same decorations you had the year before. In fact, when I was younger, my mother cherished her décor and would wrap it up carefully each year and store it again for the next year. We never bought decorations unless a bulb went out on the lights and we had to replace it. It can be a fun tradition to reuse the same decorations.
The Dollar Store – Do not be ashamed to buy decorations at the dollar store. They have some pretty neat stuff sometimes! Not to mention, you can usually make your own decorations from the things you can find there.
Secondhand Stores – I have found some of my most treasured Christmas items at a secondhand store before. For example, I have a large nativity scene that I scored for $10. Let’s just say, in-stores, it’s well over $100 for the set.
Yard Sales – Throughout the year, people sell boxes of Christmas stuff for cheap. It’s really not a bad idea to be keeping out for decorations throughout the year to score a lot for cheap.
Wait to Buy After the Holidays – My husband and I used what we had or skimped by one year until we could score some decorations on sale. After the holidays, the Christmas decorations go on sale 50% off or more. This makes buying a lot of decorations achievable.
Craft Store Coupons – Most craft stores such as Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnnes, have a consistent weekly coupon they put out for 40-50% one item. If you buy one thing at a time and take your time doing it, you could really score some neat stuff before the holidays for cheap.
Buy a Thing or Two at a Time – Make a plan on how you want to decorate and then settle for the cheaper versions because often times, they still look just as good. Then, buy one thing here and there to make the cost of it all, feel easier and less abrasive.
Make Your Own – If you have the capabilities, make your own. Spend $5 at Walmart for the plastic bulbs and then spend $1 on some twine and make rustic ornaments. Of course, this is only one idea. The possibilities are endless and you can usually make a lot for much less. For example, I made a wooden Christmas tree and it only cost me about $5 in supplies. In the store, the same tree was $40 plus tax.
Overall, Christmas is about spending time with each other but if part of enjoying the holiday is decorating, don’t feel bad for doing it and spending money on it. Use these tips to save and go at it!