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Holiday Decorating On A Budget

You want to decorate your home for the holidays but all those decorations can really add up, and it doesn’t make sense to break the bank for something that’s only going to be up for a few weeks out of the year.

Here are some tips to liven up your home to make it festive and cheery without breaking the bank.

Thrift Stores Are Your Friend

Some of the decorations at thrift stores and secondhand stores can seem like a blast from the past, but stuff like candlesticks and plain bulb ornaments never go out of style. Shop around for ornaments, decor, blankets, throw pillows, and anything else that matches your holiday mood.

Try Some Spray Paint

A can of gold spray paint costs less than five bucks at any hardware store and can instantly transform old, dingy ornaments into stylish new ones! Try red, green, white, gold, and silver to spruce up vases, bowls, candlesticks, and anything else — best of all, you know they’ll match!

You can even take it a step further — go outside with the kids and gather pine cones, branches, interesting rocks, and anything else that you like the look of. Spray those as well and arrange them in a bowl for a festive centerpiece.

Keep An Eye On Sales

Craft stores like Jo-Ann and Michael’s have great decorations, gift bags, candles, and other holiday stuff, but they can get expensive. Luckily, they also run sales all the time! Sign up for their mailers or email newsletters to get coupons sent to you, and stack them with sale prices for great savings.

Buy Your Ornaments Late (Or Really Early)

We’ve all browsed the candy section right after Halloween for discounts, right? Well, Christmas decorations are no different. Make a trip to the big box stores in your area a few days after Christmas and pick up steep discounts on lights, garlands, and trinkets. They don’t spoil, and you’ll be ready for next year!

Go Smaller On The Tree

A six-foot tree in your living room is impressive, no doubt. But it’s also expensive. Make the same visual impact with a smaller tree on top of a small table. It’ll reach just as high, it’ll be easier to decorate, and, most importantly, there’s more room under the table for gifts! You can even decorate the table itself with a festive tablecloth or ribbons.