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 wouldn’t mind shoveling my driveway (I’ve never done it before!), 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. Because I don’t decorate for other holidays throughout the year, I 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 the tree lights. Being a young and frugal means I have to be smart with my money, and wise on where I splurge. Christmas decorations are not where I 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!