After putting together your budget for the holiday gift list, groceries for the big dinner, and new holiday outfits for the kids, there might not be much left over to decorate the house. But contrary to what all the glossy design magazines would like you to believe, decorating for the holidays need not be expensive. Decorating for the Holiday Season without breaking the bank is easy. Here is how to save money on Christmas decorations.
4 Ways To Save Money On Christmas Decorations This Holiday Season
Take Stock Of What You Have
The first step in decorating on a budget involves taking stock of what you already have. Can you transform your grandmother’s plain white bowl with a little red and green ribbon and mistletoe? What ornaments, trinkets, and ribbons from last year’s decorations can be reused? Try to think of new ways to use what you already have and avoid shelling out cash for new decorations. Some cinnamon sticks from the kitchen wrapped with scraps of last year’s ribbon makes a perfect holiday decoration, costs just pennies, and smells good too! Take stock of what you have and make a list of Christmas decorations you still need.
Develop Your Own Personal Theme for Your Holiday Decorations
What are your favorite decorations that it just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without? If you don’t have any favorites yet, what is your favorite color to decorate with for the holidays? Holiday decorating magazines flaunt new color schemes each year, but you’ll save a lot of money in the long run – and your holiday decorations will look more cohesive- if you pick your favorite theme and build on your collection each year. Is it the traditional red and green, or perhaps farmhouse rustic Christmas style? The best time to shop for new additions is right after Christmas when all the decorations are deeply discounted for stock clearance.
Get the Kids Involved in Holiday Decorations
Holiday crafts are not only inexpensive, but they can become priceless family heirlooms as your children grow. Take them for a hike to go treasure hunting for pinecones that can be used in holiday crafts. Spray paint them colors to match your theme, sprinkle with glitter, and place them in a glass bowl for a fun and inexpensive decoration. Head to the craft store and purchase some plain ornaments, and let the kids make their own holiday decorations. They’d also enjoy creating whimsical clothespin reindeer with just a little paint, glue, string, and googly eyes. Decorate your home with unique snowflakes by giving your children some construction paper and having them fold and cut out different designs. Make your own garland. Each year when you unwrap your family’s holiday decorations, it will bring back fun memories for all of you. That’s what the holiday is all about!
Shop the Discount Shops First
If you’ve done all of the above and still need a few things to put the finishing touches on your home’s holiday décor, save money on Christmas decorations by shopping at the discount stores first. If you have a second hand shop nearby, browse through their inventory. Dollar stores typically have a diverse stock of inexpensive holiday trinkets, silk poinsettias and mistletoe, candles and votive holders, ribbon, and other decorations. Just make sure you’re not lured by the value and only purchase items that fit your home’s holiday theme. (That is why you need to take stock of what you have before you shop.)
I hope you found these tips for save money on Christmas decorations helpful. The decorating options are limitless, and you need not spend a lot of money to create a home full of cheer for your family this holiday season. Choose a theme, and your holiday decorating will become a snap, and bring back memories of all your happy holidays together.
How will you be saving money while you are decorating for the holiday season?