Well hey, we don’t want to keep you from living your life. But being a teeny bit budget-conscious can save some cash. So, here are 5 ways you can save money on a Christmas tree. Oh, and while you’re at it, here’s how you can save on Christmas lights!
What’s your budget
The best way to save money on a Christmas tree is by having a budget. There is nothing rude telling a tree farmer your budget. It will save you some time and they will appreciate it because it saves them time as well. We’re sure that the sweet tree farm guy will show you the area with trees priced in your range. That way you don’t have a sticker shock.
Do you know your trees?
If you think all trees look the same, think again! There’s fir, pine, cedar, blue spruce and the list goes on. While each of these trees has unique traits, they each come at different prices. Pine especially Scotch pine will always cost less than your fir varieties. If you are on a budget look for pine varieties are as opposed to the more expensive fir.
Chuck the extras
With Christmas trees, you can add all sorts of extras. You can flock, do a bit of needle shaking and wrapping. But is all of that necessary? Trees tend to shed needles and that’s a bitter truth. And also throwing the tree on top of your truck doesn’t require fancy wrapping. So, what now? Let’s chuck the extras and stay focused on the tree. You can do it. Easy peasy!
Your tree is on the curb in a few weeks
We don’t want to be downers here, but we do want you to be realistic. Everyone loves a fresh tree no doubt. But we also need to be realistic about the fact that it will get pitched out in a few weeks. Anybody would love 7-foot-tall spruce that has been flocked, de-needled, and bundled for $125.
But should you be happy with a 5-foot pine that is less than perfect and full of character and charm for $30—yes that seems like a good deal as well. The latter is also your chance to let your creativity come out.
Also, it will be so much easier for you to haul the cheaper tree than the expensive one out to the curb. We promise!
Foot by the foot
Are you one of those people who cut the trunk down after you buy it? If so, then don’t pay by the foot. A lot of farms that charge by the foot are more expensive per foot than if you buy a tree at a flat rate. If you do go to a per foot farm or tree store, choose the small one. You don’t want to end up cutting half your tree when you are paying close to $10-$15 per foot.