If you are like most people who celebrate Christmas, then you probably enjoy decorating for the holidays. It is a way to put a little holiday spirit into your daily life and give your home a warm and cozy feel. While decorating for the holidays can be an enjoyable event, it can also run up a bill.
Since the holiday's are a time when most people's personal finances are stretched, the last thing many want to do is spend a lot on Christmas decor.So how can you save money on decorations for Christmas without making your home look tacky? Sure you could go out to the dollar store and hit the garage sales to find random holiday decorations to save money. Unfortunately, most of the time, the quality of the items is poor and you don't have any consistent type of decorations.
Are you are interested in saving money on decorations this Christmas, and want a classy looking house? If so, be sure to check out the 4 money savings tips highlighted below that can help keep some of that hard eared cash in your wallet.
1. Outdoor LED Christmas Lights
One of the most popular and easy ways to decorate for Christmas is by putting up outdoor lights around your home. A few hours of work putting up outdoor lighting can really go a long way to making your home feel warm and festive during the holidays. While you can purchase outdoor lighting (like the popular icicle lights) fairly cheap, there is one thing that isn't so cheap - your electric bill!
An alternative to the traditional standard incandescent mini-lights are LED Christmas lights. At first glance, it may seem like you are spending a lot more money purchasing these lights as they can cost four times as much as the standard light. The advantage that the outdoor LED Christmas lights have over the traditional incandescent is that they last much longer and they use about 15% of the energy than their predecessor. This is where the true savings comes in. Spending a little bit more now on the LED lights will save you a lot more money overall.
TIP - If you can hold out until next year to get your outdoor LED Christmas lights, then wait for the post holiday sales. Often times you can find these lights on clearance for 50% - 75% off the original price.
2. Christmas Decorations Sale
Do you scout out the after Christmas sale bargains? You may want to start this year after the holiday's are over. Shopping for discounted or clearance Christmas decorations is a great way to save some money. Stores are anxious to move their inventory and will drastically mark down the remaining items.
Unfortunately, this doesn't exactly help you save on Christmas decor this year, but should help you out in the long run. Another thing to keep in mind is that you have to be flexible and creative with these deals. You may not always get the items you are looking for so patience is the key.
3. Christmas Greenery
One of the most classiest ways to decorate for the holidays is to use natural greenery in and around your home. Not only does it look very nice, the smell of Christmas greenery will put you in the holiday mood. If you are looking to decorate the outside and inside of your home, you could choose to purhcase these items from a nursery or home improvement store. Christmas trees, garland, and wreaths are just a few of the items that can be used to decorate.
Purchasing these items at the store can run up a high bill very quickly. So instead of going out and buying these items, why not consider going out and cutting these items on your own? Sure, not everyone can go out in their backyard and cut down a fresh Christmas tree. However, you may be surprised at the items that you can simply take clippings from that are in your yard.
A few items that you may have in your landscaping at your home include - holly with red berries, pine clippings, boxwood, juniper, bay leaf, etc. Many of these Christmas greenery items can be used to decorate holiday place settings, centerpieces, and more. Get creative and save some money this year with cutting your own Christmas decorations!
4. Indoor Christmas Decorations
Depending on the size of your home, indoor Christmas decorations could range from a simple tree to an all out holiday display. The nice thing about setting up indoor Christmas decorations is that you can buy items year to year and add to your collection over time. The main thing to keep in mind here is to look for discounted indoor decorations on clearance or at deep discounts. You need to be flexible and patient, but overtime you can build up a nice collection of holiday decorations to add to your home.
Do you have children? If so, you could try having them make Christmas decorations for your home. Popcorn garland for the Christmas tree or hand made ornaments tend to be a hit with the kids and a keep sake for the parents.
If you have any types of sewing skills, then making your own indoor Christmas decorations can be a snap and save you a ton of money. Even if you don't have an sewing skills, you can still add crafty items to your home. For example, instead of spending over $50 on a Christmas tree skirt, go to your local fabric store and purchase some holiday material. Bundle the material up and place it around your tree instead for a nice low cost alternative!
Be Creative and Have Fun!
The most important thing to keep in mind this holiday season is to have fun with setting up your Christmas decorations. If you don't enjoy doing it, then maybe you should skip it and save yourself the trouble. Another thing to keep in mind is that thinking creatively can really help you save a lot of money. Look for tips in magazines and websites on ways to decorate your home and then think about how you can save money creating the same look.
Have a wonderful holiday!