Christmas decorating is a big deal in most
families. The problem is that it is easy to spend a lot of money to make your
house look the prettiest on the block. Never fear — it is possible to
decorate for the holidays without "breaking the bank". I’m
not just talking about popcorn strings, but really classy decorating can be
completed on a budget.
First, I would suggest that you use an
artificial tree, garland, and wreaths. This saves a lot of money. Six
years ago we bought a real tree. The cost for the tree was $40. Then, the
wreath for the door was $15. Garland would have run us an additional $15-20.
This comes to a total cost of $75 per year (more in some areas).
Buying an artificial tree, wreath, and garland will cost less than $100 if you buy it after the season. If you use them for five years, that averages $20 or less per year—a savings of $55 per year! Artificial Christmas trees and leaves look more and more realistic, and even come prelit with lights that change color.
Another inexpensive holiday decorating idea is to purchase baskets at the Dollar store and put glass balls and little sprigs of pine in them. Set these around the house as decorations. They are classy and beautiful.
Glass balls are fairly inexpensive, but I have found the best way to get them is to look for classic, antique glass balls at yard sales during the summer. I have gotten boxes of beautiful hand-blown glass balls for 10 cents or a quarter. You can also find pretty baskets for nearly nothing at yard sales. They are great tools for Christmas decorating
A suggestion that kids will love to do to
decorate for the holidays is to paint the windows. This involves cutting
sponges into “Christmas” shapes such as stars or bells.
Then, you mix common acrylic paint found in the Walmart or Target craft section with about a teaspoon of dish-washing soap. This makes the windows easier to clean after the holidays. To make the painting more classic looking, I would recommend using either gold or silver metallic paint. Another idea is to do snowflake sponge-painting on the windows with white paint.
Always search yard or rummage sales for
Christmas decorations. Some things to look for include: older classic Christmas
cloth tablecloths, fancy garland, and Christmas lights. Often you can decorate
your whole home for a fraction of the cost of going to the store and buying
These are just a few suggestions, ideas to help you get started with your Christmas decorating while living debt free. If you have additional ideas for adorning your home for the holidays, feel free to contact me and let me know. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the season.