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The Best Ways To Save Money On Christmas Decorations

By Erik Folgate

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Millions of people are dreading the time it takes to decorate their houses for the holidays. But if you don’t do it now, you’ll never do it, and you know how much the kids love it. You know the feeling of when you take a step back like Clark Griswald and look at your decorating masterpiece. So that’s why we do it. We decorate our houses for a lot of reasons, and we spend a lot of money to do it. As a Money Crasher, you shouldn’t be taking our a second mortgage to fund your Christmas decoration addiction, so we will share with you the best ways to save money on Christmas decorations.

Wait

This one is kind of dumb, because many of you want to put up decorations THIS year, but if you’re willing to wait until after Christmas, you’ll find the best deals on lights and decorations.

Make Your Own

Do a Google search, and you’ll find hundreds of great tutorials on how to make great Christmas decorations. This is also a fun thing to do with your kids!

Price Match

This week all of the major retailers are having sales on Christmas decorations and lights. Carefully scour the ads and compare prices. Wal-Mart pledges to beat any local competitor’s price, so not only will they match the price, but they’ll discount it to beat the competitor’s price!

Shop Online

We often don’t think about buying holiday items online, but there are tons of deals online for lights and decorations. And the big push this year seems to be free shipping if you buy over a certain amount.

Set A Budget

We often don’t think about budgeting out an amount we want to spend on holiday decorations and before you know it, you’ve spent $300 on decorations. Look at your budget and what you’re willing to spend without it hurting the rest of your budget, set that money aside in cash, and only spend the cash you have with you.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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  • Casey

    Craig’s List is a great place to find used, yet nice, fake Christmas trees. A lot of the people selling them just want to get a different size tree or want to switch to real trees.

  • http://www.insweb.com Robert

    I think it’s best to re-use many decorations, too, like ornaments and wreaths and other things that can be stored away and used for years and years.

  • Elizabeth I

    There are still great deals to be found on Christmas decorations into late January online. Christmas decorations are an investment and if you buy some decent stuff (fake tree, tree skirt, stockings, etc) you should have them from year to year.

    Ikea has cheap and fun holiday items. I got $2 stockings there one year.

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