If you are anything like us here at Line, decorating for Christmas should be one of your favorite activities to do. The decor, the lights, the gifts — they never fail to take you by awe. But, if you’re not careful, the decorations can cost you and make it hard for you to stick to your Christmas budget!
Don’t worry, we’re here to help you know how you can decorate your home beautifully and still save money on Christmas decorations without overspending. While you check out our smart Christmas shopping hacks, here are six ways to buy Christmas decorations on a budget this year. Believe us, it is possible!
DIY your Christmas decorations
DIY Christmas wreaths are one of the most common examples of outdoor and indoor decorations. Grab a few green branches from the outdoors and look for inspiration on Pinterest.
Pinterest is abundant with DIY Christmas table decor ideas. There are many DIY holiday table decorations and centerpieces. You can also repurpose other Christmas decorations you have lying around such as a garland with ornaments around the table.
Split the bill
If you live with roommates, you could suggest that everyone chip in to buy cheap Christmas decorations together. You can budget together and split the cost evenly. Or, you can each pick certain pieces to buy. That way, it’s easier to split up what you bought even when you no longer live together. Here are some tips on how to stop overspending without cutting down on the fun.
Buy discount decorations
This is mostly for Christmas next year. If you want discount Christmas decorations, start buying the day after Christmas. Stores clear their inventory way too quickly to make room for New Year and Valentine’s Day right after Christmas. You’ll get pretty good deals and it’s an excellent way to save money. These day-after-Christmas sales are a good time to stock up on Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift stickers and ribbons for next year.
Decorations for cheap on the let-go list
When people are about to move, they will want to let go of stuff to make their move easier. This often happens in yard sales, especially with Christmas decorations. Since it’s better to sell something that will cost more to ship than buy something new, look out for Christmas trees, ornaments and outdoor decorations.
The best time to look for moving sales is in the spring and fall. You may even get good deals since not a lot of people are looking to buy Christmas decorations during those months.
Coupons all the way
When you do want to buy your decorations before Christmas, look for coupons and budget deals. The deals aren’t as good as after the holidays but you can find 10% or 20% off on store coupons. You can use coupons after Christmas as well. Coupons are a great way to help you stick to your budget when you buy Christmas decorations.
Budget your money and time
Overspending during the Christmas holidays — be it on food, decorations, gifts or all of the above — is a definite possibility. It doesn’t matter how strong your willpower is, you are no match to your children’s puppy dog faces when you try and say “no” to them.
For this reason, create a budget and explain to your kids that they can buy anything they want, provided it fits the bill and budget. There are plenty of lessons kids can learn about money this holiday season. Now you have a plan so you might as well stick to it.