I pretty much love everything about the holiday season. Family, food and creating new memories is something I look forward to this time of year. Another one of my favorite things is to decorate our home for the holidays. There’s something about a Christmas tree and twinkling lights that makes a home just a tad more festive. However, I also know that holiday decor can add up quickly and be quite expensive. So today I’m sharing 5 ways you can save money on holiday decor so that you can spend your money on better things, like chocolate. 😉
5 Ways To Save Money On Holiday Decor
1. Use what you already have.
I know that it’s very tempting to change out your decorations every year. I personally love looking at the beautiful store displays this time of year. However, I know that in order to duplicate what I see I have to drop a nice chunk of change. So instead, I buy pieces that are classic and well made so that I can use it for several years. In fact, our current Christmas tree is older than my 10 year old son! I almost considered purchasing a new one this year, but I’m pretty sure I can get another year of use out of it.
2. Buy it used.
I’m not a huge fan of shopping at malls, but I absolutely love shopping at thrift stores and yard sales. People will purchase lights that turn out to be the wrong length or buy decor that only gets used for one year. That’s where you come in to take advantage and buy their unwanted decor for a fraction of the cost. I also like to check out Craigslist and eBay for specific items that I might be seeking.
3. Make your own.
If you are crafty (or can at least handle a glue gun) use items you already own to create unique holiday decor. You can also buy plain ornaments at a craft store or dollar store and spruce them up with some glitter. I made our Christmas wreath by purchasing a plain and inexpensive wreath that was on clearance. I simply added decor that I purchased on sale. The cost was only a fraction of what an already completed wreath from the store would be. If you need some DIY and decor inspiration simply follow my Christmas Pinterest board!
4. Keep it simple.
One of the reasons that people are spending hundreds each year on holiday decor is to simply keep up with their family and friends. They see a neighbor with a huge light display and feel they need to keep up. The holiday season is not about the size of your outdoor display nor the amount of decorations you can cram into your home. I find that keeping things simple not only keeps my costs low, but also gives me more time to focus on what’s truly important.
5. Shop sales.
If you must shop at retail stores I suggest you start as early as possible. Set a budget prior to heading to the store or making an online purchase. Also, never pay full price for an item. Instead, compare prices, use coupons or search online for coupon codes. Also join Facebook groups or forums that share the latest deals. In fact, a group of my blogging friends and I have created a Facebook group to keep you updated on the latest deals. Simply request to join by clicking here and let us know what deals you are seeking so we can search for you.
How do you save on holiday decor? I would love to hear your tips!