I love decorating my home for Christmas, but I don’t love shelling out tons of money to make it look good for only 1 month out of the year. Sometimes I’ve even considering being a Grinch and not decorating for Christmas at all.
After all, it can be costly to your time and your finances to put up decorations you’ll only get to enjoy for about 30 days out of every 365. Alas, I do always end up decorating because I love my decorations and I enjoy looking at the twinkling Christmas lights each day, even if it’s short-lived.
Here are a few ways I’ve saved money on decorating for Christmas.
Only Put Up One Tree
I know this might be a foreign concept to some, but there are people out there who put up multiple Christmas trees in their houses each year. To me this seems crazy. It takes a lot more time to put up multiple trees and I could use that time for more productive things instead.
Plus, whenever you add more Christmas trees you’ll need more lights, garland, ornaments, and electricity to power them. Those expenses can really add up, especially if you have expensive taste when it comes to decorating.
Limit the Use of Electricity
Don’t leave your tree or your outside Christmas lights plugged in 24 hours a day. Instead try putting them on a timer. A timer is a great way to have your outside lights go on and off at specific times, this way you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn them on in the evenings and off before bed or in the morning.
Plus, the timer will also help to make your home more secure if you are planning to leave town for the Christmas holiday. Having your outside and inside lights go on and off periodically makes potential thieves wary that someone may be home after all.
Recycle and Reuse
I opted for a fake Christmas tree in my home. Partially this is because I’m allergic to real trees, but also because I know it’ll save me money in the long run. I spent about $30 on my 4.5 foot tree and I’ve already used it 4 times. It’s still in great shape and I know I can get a lot more years out of it in the future. By the time I’m done using this tree, it will have cost me only $1-2/year of use.
My tree trimmings: garland, lights, and ornaments, along with my other decorations, like figurines and stockings are also used year after year. Some of my favorite decorations are the ones I received for Christmas when I was a kid and I’ve been using them ever since.
If you’re like me, you love the look of those big pretty wreaths on people’s front doors. But I like to be unique, so I opted for making my own wreath instead of buying a pre-made one. I hit the craft store and bought a plain evergreen wreath and then added my own colored ornament balls, wired ribbon, tree picks, some bling, and more.
By DIY-ing it, I saved money and had a fun afternoon craft activity. The pre-made wreath I was eyeing was going to cost nearly $100, but instead I made my own for less than $35.
What are some ways you save on Christmas décor?