As my family put out the decorations Thanksgiving morning I realized that even in decorating for Christmas we apply thrifty principles.
Here are 10 Ways Thrifty People Decorate For Christmas
1. We start thinking about decorating on December 26th
After Christmas sales are the best time to grab Christmas decor for as much as 90 percent off. Each year the day after Christmas as we are taking down the Christmas decorations my husband and I discuss what we would like to add to our collection for next year and what we need to replace (lights, ribbon, etc).
2. Salvaged Materials
I love it when people give me gifts wrapped in fancy ribbon. I am like a toddler who seems more happy with the box than the gift. I immediately un-wrinkle the ribbon so I can use it on in next years Christmas display. It might show up in my wreath, or wrapped around a bowl full of candy canes, and each time I look at it I remember what gift it came from (yes I know I am weird).
3. Yard Sales
A few years ago I made our Christmas wreath . Searching yard sales for decor to use is a frugal and thrifty way to save tons of dollars!
4. Thrift Stores
Red and gold beaded garlands can be found in our Christmas decor both from thrift stores. I generally find BAGS of ribbons and decor knick knacks at our local thrift stores.
5. Simple DIY ornaments
I love making up a few new Christmas tree ornaments each year and keep an entire Pinterest board full of ideas of what to make each year. What I makes depends on what supplies I have around the home or can find for less. I donâ€™t spend a lot of craft supplies.
6. Dollar Tree
My entire Christmas village is made up of pieces from the Dollar Tree! Forget spending $15+ a piece on a Christmas village!
7. Childrenâ€™s Toys
Use your childs train set instead of purchasing an expensive one or use other toys for decor to cut back the funds!
8. Shop Sales
Before Christmas, holiday decor items can be found on sale for as much as 50% off. I use these sales to buy those items you donâ€™t want to buy too far ahead, like candy canes, as well as those oh my we didnâ€™t get enoughâ€¦..items like Christmas lights.
9. Give everyday items new life
Use a trifle bowl to hold a huge bunch of red glass Christmas ornaments. Even a bread basket can hold a display of gold and silver. And a cake platter is pretty when filled with a mini nativity scene.
10. Wait until the last minute to buy
I started selling things on eBay to try and raise the cash for the holidays and throughout the year in general, but I found waiting to the last minute can really pay off. The day before Christmas many people are ready to toss out the trees or get rid of them at a much discounted price. If you wait til the day before you may be able to score a great deal as many have in the past!