Decorating for Christmas on a Budget

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” What could be better than celebrating Christmas with your closest family and friends? Throw in Christmas movies, hot cocoa by the fire, and lots of cozy evenings then you have the perfect season. Now is the time to start decking those halls and getting your home in tip-top Christmas shape! You don’t have to blow your monthly budget just because it’s Christmas. Follow this budget-friendly advice to keep from getting coal in your stocking from Santa. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Take Inventory of What You Have

Don’t start from the ground up each year for Christmas. Get ALL of your Christmas decor down and see what you have before you start buying new items. Look around your house and see what you can incorporate with Christmas decor that you already have out. Once you see what you have then you can decide on your theme and colors.

Choose Your Colors

Now that you have taken inventory of all of your Christmas decorations, which colors do you have the most of? Do you have more traditional colors like red and green? Are the winter whites and neutrals filling your boxes, or are the icy blues and silvers more your style? Using the colors that you have the most of will be the easiest on your budget. It’s not unheard of to change your Christmas decor colors, but it will cost a little bit more.

Pick Your Theme/Style

What theme or style are you envisioning for your space this year? Does a vintage style Christmas complete with shiny brites and bottle brush trees warm your heart? Is your style leaning more towards rusty scales and antique windows with winter greenery? Whatever your theme/style is, it’s best to figure it out BEFORE you start purchasing any new/used items.

To help find your decorating style, check out this post!ย 

How Many Rooms Will You Decorate?

Deciding on how many rooms of your home will be decorated for Christmas will be a key factor in determining how many decorative items you need. If you focus on the main areas such as the kitchen and living room then you won’t need a ton of decorations. If you are like me and like to sprinkle Christmas cheer all throughout the inside and outside of your home then you will need to get a bit creative so you don’t break the budget. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shop for Christmas Decor AFTER Christmas

If you can restrain yourself from buying new Christmas decorations until AFTER Christmas then you will save a TON of money. I know that it’s not easy to practice that self-control, but it will pay off in the end. The best items will be found the day after Christmas for 50%, but the biggest discounts (75% or more) won’t happen until after New Year’s Day.

Treating yourself to a meaningful Christmas item such as a new piece for your Christmas village or an antique Santa for your collection is definitely OK in my book. You need a little reward after all of the hard work from decorating your home and buying Christmas presents! ๐Ÿ™‚

Search for Ideas on Pinterest

What did we do before Pinterest, honestly? So many of my Christmas decorating ideas come from Pinterest. If you know what style or theme you are going for then you can type it into the search bar and find months worth of scrolling and pinning material.

Follow my Pinterest board if you love all things vintage, farmstyle, rustic and plaid. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Search Thrift Stores After Halloween and Thanksgiving

If you haven’t frequented thrift stores for your Christmas decorating needs then you are missing out. After Halloween, most thrift stores start piling in the Christmas decorations. You can find vintage Shiny Brite ornaments for pennies. Tinsel trees are another great find and faux greenery/wreaths!

Another great time to shop your local thrift stores is after Thanksgiving. Most people wait to decorate for Christmas until after their Thanksgiving meals are finished. A few days after that, the thrift stores will be restocked with items that others have recently gotten rid of. You can take advantage of that for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Free Hand-Me-Downs from Family

One of my favorite ways to acquire “new to me” Christmas decorations is to go through the decor that my family members are getting rid of. Hello, free! If you spread the word that you are in search of various items (like vintage blow mold nativity scenes like me), then you are more likely to stumble across a family member who doesn’t use theirs anymore. Spreading the word can also have more sets of eyes looking for your specific decorating needs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bring in Natural Elements

Bringing in pine cones (bake them first), fresh sprigs of greenery, live poinsettias, and twigs can definitely add a fresh element to your decor. If you are going for a “lodge style” or “minimalist” then these items will fit the bill. You can also spray paint twigs with glitter or white paint to add a frosted effect.

Add Pillows and Cozy Throws

Winter time is the perfect time to pull out all of your cozy throw blankets and furry pillows. The flannels, wools, and sherpas add a cozy feel to any room. If you have flannel or plaid sheets on your bed then fold your comforter back to expose them. It will boost your coziness to the next level. ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t Forget the Dollar Tree

Oh, Dollar Tree, how I love thee!! If you’ve never visited your local Dollar Tree during Christmas season then I suggest that you drop whatever you are doing and go now. I LOVE shopping at the Dollar Tree during the Christmas season. Everything costs $1, and you can find some good quality items for cheap. Some of my favorite Christmas items to purchase at the Dollar Tree are:

  • peppermint scented candles

  • fake greenery

  • faux snow

  • ornaments

  • battery powered string lights

  • candy

Shop Online

There are great places to find farm house/rustic Christmas decor online. One of my favorite places to shop online is Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime then you can get free 2-day shipping as well. If you love the farm house look then don’t miss window shopping around my Maven boards!ย 

Donate Decor You Don’t Use Anymore

You may find that your style has changed since you purchased your first Christmas decoration. If that is the case then let your family and friends go through the items that you want to purge. You can donate whatever is left over. It will not only free up some attic space, but it will make you seem less like a hoarder. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How do you decorate for Christmas each year? Is it a one-woman show, or do you like having your family help? Do you have any money-saving tips for Christmas decorating? Let me know in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

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