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Don’t waste all your money on decorating this season…here are tips to be frugal when you decorate!
This time of year is such a hard time to spend money wisely.
First you have the money spent on presents. Then there’s the tree, gingerbread houses, ornaments, presents for the people you forgot, stockings…it’s endless!
Here to share some tips for frugal holiday decorating is Andrea Woroch, a money-saving expert who transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers by sharing smart spending tips and personal finance advice. You can follow Andrea on Twitter or Facebook for daily money tips.
7 Ways to Deck Your Halls
1. Branch out of the box.
Home stores are popular destinations for holiday decor, but customers often pay a premium for products prior to Christmas. Discount retailers like TJMaxx and HomeGoods are more budget-friendly destinations, carrying everything from ornaments to wreaths to candle holders. For example, this 36″ LED lit pine tree from Pottery Barn is currently priced at $119, compared to a similar product from TJMaxx for just $29.99.
2. Shop close to the holiday.
You likely have plenty of holiday decor in your arsenal, so hold off until closer to Christmas before you buy more. This strategy enables you to take advantage of savings of up to 40% off, with enough time to showcase your new pieces for guests. The best time to buy holiday decor is during post-holiday sales, so if you find something you love that’s outside your budget, make a note to return to the store on Dec. 26 for discounts of 50% or more.
3. Check local listings.
The easiest way to save money without skimping on your trimmings is to buy used. You can find gently-used stockings, trees, ornaments, outdoor lights and lawn decor at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Otherwise, check Craigslist to buy someone’s unwanted decor items at a fraction of the cost.
4. Find coupons for extra savings.
Seek out holiday decor-specific coupons before you buy. Use a website like CouponSherpa.com for deals including $10 off $50 or $25 off $100 holiday purchases with a Target coupon, or 40% off one regular-priced item with a coupon from Michaels. These deals will help you save big on a full-price piece you can’t live without, or further discount the deals you find as you shop!
5. DIY your favorite looks.
If you find something you love but can’t afford, consider how you might create something similar. A glass lantern filled with LED lights from Crate & Barrel, for example, is easily replicated with a lantern purchased from Ross or Hobby Lobby and a strand of mini LED lights from Target. An elaborate dinner table centerpiece featuring candles, pinecones and greenery can also be reproduced with inexpensive stems from your local craft store or by taking a nature walk and collecting real items to bring inside.
6. Find lower-priced versions of luxury products.
A surefire way to sabotage your holiday decor budget is to open Restoration Hardware’s holiday catalog. You don’t have to forgo the luxury look altogether though as you can seek out lower-cost versions of such holiday items by simply comparing brand options. For example, these Starlit Trees from RH cost as much as $255, while a similar productfrom West Elm can be found for as little as $111.
7. Go faux.
If you typically prefer real trees, wreaths and poinsettias to decorate your home for the holidays, consider the money you could save by going with artificial options. With so many authentic-looking faux trees and trimmings available these days, you don’t have to sacrifice your holiday decor to save. Though you’ll have to dish out a little more upfront, you will reap savings year-after-year every time you reuse them. When shopping for artificial trees and other decor, try to strike a balance between price and quality; you want something that will last several years, after all.
Andrea Woroch is a money-saving expert who transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers by sharing smart spending tips and personal finance advice. As a sought-after media source, she has been featured among such top news outlets as Good Morning America, Today, CNN, Dr. OZ, New York Times, MONEY Magazine, Consumer Reports, Forbes and many more. In addition, Andrea’s stories have been published among leading publications and sites such as Yahoo!, AOL Daily Finance, CNN Money, Huffington Post, LearnVest and New York Daily News.