There are so many reasons why this time of year is one of my favorites. Everything from the food to music to decorating all has a part in creating the magical feeling of Christmas. Since it doesn’t snow in the South Bay we don’t get those “white Christmases” that everyone sings about. To be honest, I’d rather not shovel my driveway, but I do like the idea of reading a book by the fire while it snows outside. Come to think of it, I actually do that now – minus the snow part, that is. Decorating for Christmas is a tradition I have been doing since we’ve been married. Because we don’t decorate for other holidays throughout the year, we like to go all out for Christmas.
Over the years I’ve noticed how expensive decorations have become. I have had the same stuff for over five years, and only recently replaced our tree lights. Being a young married couple means we have to be smart with our money, and wise on where we splurge. Christmas decorations are not where we splurge. So I thought I’d share a few of my tips on decorating for the holidays on a budget.
Christmas Decorating on a Budget
~ If you’re eyeing a really nice ornament, wait until it gets closer to Christmas and you might find it on sale. This brings me to my next tip…
~ Buy your decorations after the holidays! It’s amazing how discounted decorations are after the New Year. Two years ago I bought my stocking holders from Pottery Barn for 40% off after Christmas.
~ Check out discount stores, like Dollar Tree or Home Goods. I bought my stockings and tree skirt from Dollar Tree. The tree skirt is always covered with presents, so it’s not really visible anyway. Every time I look at our stockings hanging over the fireplace I’m happy that I only paid $1 for each. That way I can use the extra cash I saved for what really matters – stuffing the stocking!
~ Use nature and what you already have at home. The pinecones I have on my fireplace mantle are from every camping trip I have gone on. Not only are they a nice decoration, but they also bring back positive memories. The mason jars I filled with acorns are the same ones I use for flowers throughout the year. Reusing and repurposing what you already have will save you money, but might require a bit of imagination. It’s all part of the fun!