Estimated Monthly Savings: $150
Christmas is the time of the year where we want fill our house with the sights and sounds of the holidays. There is nothing like the memories of the twinkling lights and sparkling ornaments. But the cost of ornaments, stockings, and outdoor lights, you may have you worried that you don’t have the budget to go all out, considering all the other expenses the season brings. Don’t worry, Christmas decorations don’t have to be expensive. So turn on some Bing Crosby, pour yourself a glass of eggnog, and discover how you can deck the halls without taking a loan from Santa.
1. Take Inventory of What You Have
Who hasn’t been guilty of going a little overboard on the Christmas decorations or making that impulse purchase at the mall? There’s nothing wrong with decking out your house with everything that is Christmas, but you don’t want to come home from the mall and realize that you have five dancing Santa’s and enough wreaths to hang on every door in the neighborhood. Before you decide to go out and add to your collection, take a look at what decorations you own. Figure out what you truly need and what should go on the “Do not buy any more” list. This will save you from wasting your money on things you already own and create a display that is unique and diverse.
2. Consider Garage Sales and Thrift Stores
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who has bought one too many snowmen. And guess what, all these extra snowmen (and so much more) are waiting for you at your local thrift store or garage sale. You can find all sorts of decorations including beautiful antiques and brand new treasures. The best part is you will often see savings upwards of 75% off retail price.
3. Plan Ahead
By far, the best time of year to buy Christmas decorations is after Christmas. You may be thinking, “I’m taking down my decorations, I don’t need any more”, but so is everyone else. The retailers know that they need to get rid of their Christmas stuff fast so they will offer deep discounts. You can expect to see items 50% off the day after Christmas and 75% off or more in the weeks to follow.