How To Trim Your Christmas Tree Without Breaking the Bank

Christmas TreeDecking the halls is fun for all, but it can be quite expensive if you're not careful. Putting up a tree and all of the trimmings can take a big toll on your budget at this time of year when you most need those hard-earned dollars.

While it's easy to get caught up in all of the fa-la-la-ing, with just a little planning, you can create a beautiful tree for a bargain, even if you don't want to use the same old stuff year after year. Here a few tips on how to put up an amazing Christmas tree without breaking the bank.

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1. Bargain for your tree. You don't have to give most places the asking price. Try out your negotiation skills, ask them to throw in a free stand, take one that's got a hole in one side for a big discount then place it against a wall where no one will be the wiser.

2. Less is more. Sometimes the simplest trees are the most beautiful. You don't need hordes of heirloom-quality ornaments to enjoy the fresh pine scent and beauty of a tree. A few lights and a couple of color balls is sometimes the most striking. I love this uber simple tree, for example.

3. Make your own ornaments. Not buying the whole less-is-more thing? Fine, you can fill your tree with lots and lots of inexpensive, homemade ornaments for almost nothing. I love this recipe for cinnamon dough ornaments. Or check out these amazing ways to spruce up plain glass ornaments.

4. Trim with what you have in house. Extra feathers, paper chains, popcorn strung on a string. There are so many items around your house that you can use to decorate a tree. Get creative, and you'll have a gorgeous tree in no time without spending a dime.

5 Buy Ahead. I know it's hard after all those weeks of shopping to force yourself to hit the stores again after the holidays have ended, but that's when there are major bargains to be found. Starting the day after Christmas, prices plummet, and you can pick up artificial trees and all trimmings for a fraction of the original price. You may not be able to get much use out of them this year, but you'll be oh-so happy when you dig out the decorations next year.

How do you save on Christmas tree costs?


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