“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”….well, at least at our house it is! It is definitely that time of the year again, and all things that twinkle and jingle start showing up everywhere you turn! I enjoy every part of the Christmas season, especially putting up Christmas lights (check ’em out here). And we’re pretty stocked up on ‘nog and gift wrap here in the iHB household, but we also have a ton of Christmas decorations that we’ve amassed over the years. We’ve been fortunate enough to get some great deals on these decorations, and I wanted to share with you some ways that YOU can save money on them as well.
5 Simple Ways to Save Money On Christmas Decorations
- Get an online coupon for your tree. We’ve done this for the past two years and have cut our tree (pun intended!) cost almost in half! Places like Groupon and Living Social offer great deals for little “U-Cut” tree places where you can get half off your tree. They usually have a cute gift shop as well with free cider, cocoa and popcorn, and a place to buy ornaments and candy. This year, we paid $20 for a $40 credit on a tree. Though, we did end up paying another $15 for our tree this year because of Michelle’s champagne taste (on a tap water budget). Out of the 100 acres of tree we could have chosen, where even the Noble Firs were only $40, Michelle picked one of the only Korean Fir trees and said we had to have it. I couldn’t tell the difference, but the tree place got all excited about it and asked us where we found this hidden gem. Apparently they are pretty rare around here, and we found one of the only ones. Figures.
- Go to thrift/dollar stores for decorations. Thrift and dollar stores are a treasure trove of Christmas decorations this time of year, and can be a place where you can stock up on some great stuff for super cheap! Wrapping paper, stockings, ornaments and all sorts of table top decorations can be found here and will save you a bundle over buying at places like Macys. And you can get some really nice stuff. We went here for our first Christmas after getting married because we were living on $14 an hour and the Dollar Tree was just down the road.
- Buy your decorations BEFORE Thanksgiving. Most people know that buying during the off-season will save you some cash, especially right after a holiday. But not many people know that you can buy WAY beforehand and save money as well. “Christmas creep”, as I call it, has caused stores to start putting out Christmas decorations and items just after Halloween. Most of this stuff is last-year’s leftover stock and needs to be cleared out. It is heavily discounted (I saw up to 75% off at some locations), and can really save you a LOT of money on your decorations. The selection is quite limited, but the savings are awesome, so it could very well be worth your time to check out these deals.
- Do it yourself! Michelle is the queen of craft, so it’s no surprise that there are always some awesome DIY decorations hanging around. And now that she’s thoroughly addicted to Pinterest, there are more and more showing up. Check out at the bottom of the post for a quick sampling of what we have cookin’ in the house of iHB!
- Just ask! As I was conglomerating my epic collection of outdoor Christmas lights, I was running out of cash and ideas for how to get more. I put it out on Facebook that I was looking for more Christmas lights, and to my surprise, I had at least half a dozen friends and family members off up their perfectly good-working lights! I ended up getting a few thousand lights from my mother-in-law, and almost paid for shipping to my uncle to send me his old lights as well. I completely stocked up, and still had more available to me if I had wanted. I would encourage anyone who wants to save some money to just put it out there. Ask if anyone wants to part with their old Christmas decorations and lights. Hey, if you don’t try, you’ll never know!
Comments: How did you put together your collection of Christmas decorations? Did you score any great deals? Have you made any of your own? Also, has anyone put up more lights than me on their house? I’d love to see pics!