We search for ways to save money on just about anything from gifts to decorations during this time of year. Your Christmas tree should be no different. Whether you go with a fake Christmas tree or the real thing, there are several ways you can save on your holiday’s decoration’s crowning glory.
Ways to Save Money on a Christmas Tree
1. Decide on a lower cost type of pine tree if you buy your Christmas tree from a lot. Some tree types are actually more expensive. Find out what trees are easier to grow in your area and you will get a better bargain. This is also a greener option because the trees won’t have to travel by truck far, either.
2. Be willing to haggle with the lot person. For example, you may be able to get a good price if it is later in the season (around the 18th of December or so) or if the lot has not been very busy. Also, later in the evening is a good time to haggle as they are getting ready to close up shop for the day. Ask for a tree that has imperfections at a discount. If it has an “ugly side” you can just put that side facing a wall.
3. Chop your own tree. Make sure to get a permit from the Forest Service, first though. These can cost as little as $10-$20. Of course, you will want to make sure you have a proper saw and a way to lug it home, but this can be an excellent way to get that fresh evergreen scent into your home for very little money.
4. Buy from a charity sale rather than directly from a tree farm. You will save a lot more doing this and most likely, they are more willing to haggle.
5. For a fake tree, consider buying second hand. Thrift stores often have trees available this time of year at half or more off the retail price. Just make sure to check the box and make sure all the pieces are there so you don’t end up with a tree that has a huge chunk missing or no top.
6. Check the paper or Craigslist for free trees. You can sometimes find fake or even real trees online this time of year if you look early in the season and check in the mornings before they get snatched up.
7. Borrow. Ask your friends and neighbors if they have an extra fake tree in their garage. Many times, people a tree one year, use it, and then go back to real Christmas trees.
8. Go for a tree alternative. String lights on your wall in the shape of a tree and hang a few ornaments from it. Have your kids color a giant picture of a tree to hang on the wall. This is especially a good idea if you are living in a small apartment and a tree might not even fit, anyway.
Once you find your tree, use make some of these frugal, homemade Christmas ornaments.
How do you save money on your Christmas tree?