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Decorating for the Holidays on a Budget

by Nicole on December 2, 2010

When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, things can quite easily become pretty expensive.

Depending on what you buy, the cost of decorating all the main rooms in your house can cost in excess of $1,000… so how can you make your house look as festive as possible on a budget?

Well, it’s not as hard as you may think – but you’ve just got to think frugally!

This guide should provide you with a few useful tips/ideas on how you could make your home look fantastic this Christmas… for less!
Tip one: recycle last year’s decorations

One of the easiest ways to decorate your house on a budget this Christmas is to ‘recycle’ last year’s decorations.

Ok, so you might want your house to look a little different from last year – and that’s fine, you could mix your decorations up in a different way by trying different colors in different rooms, for example.

The point here, though, is that by re-using the decorations you used last year, you won’t have to buy any new ones! Of course, you might want to spend a little bit of money ‘topping up’ your decorations, but try not to spend too much!

Note: If you are planning to go out and buy some decorations this year, it might be a good idea to set yourself a realistic spending limit. If you have a rough idea of how much you are prepared to spend, you can roughly work out how many decorations you could buy and won’t risk overspending.

Tip two: buy budget decorations and personalize them

If you don’t have that many decorations left over from last year and you really fancy a change, you can still head out there and buy some.

What you could do this year, though, is head to cheaper stores to buy your decorations. Even budget items, when placed in the right way/with the right colors, can look great.

To add your own personal touch to your decorations this year, you could – as mentioned – buy cheap ones, but personalize them. This doesn’t mean write your name on them, or (necessarily) paint them… but perhaps add your own bits of decoration to them.

For example, if you’ve managed to pick up a lovely wreath for your mantelpiece… why not give it that extra special touch by sprinkling it with glitter, or adding bits of tinsel to it? Be as creative as you can be and really ‘deck the halls’ this Christmas with your style of decorations!

Tip three: get your kids to help

If you’ve got kids, the thought of Christmas will probably bring you mixed emotions! You’ll feel the excitement your kids do… but you’ll probably feel the fear of having to spend so much money on presents, food and decorations.

The good thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way! If you’ve got kids, you can actually save money this Christmas – and here’s how you could do it…

Ask your kids to help out with decorations this year – not just in putting the decorations up, but in creating them, too.

Allowing your kids to create their own decorations to be displayed around your house will fill them, and you, with a great sense of festive pride. Not only this, but it will help you strengthen the view that Christmas is a time for families.

If you set your little ones the challenge of creating a few decorative items for each room (or even the angel/star for the top of the tree), it means you won’t have to buy these items – plus, they’ll have a lasting meaning to them and you can cherish them for years to come!

So, as you can see, decorating your house on a budget can actually be a lot easier than it sounds… you’ve just got to think frugally.

This article is a guest post written by A financial solutions company.

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1 chemin December 3, 2010 at 10:05 am

the dollar store can be a great ornament store to fill in and give great color to your tree put more fancy ornamnets on theouter braches but fill in with the 1$ ornament esp. if you have kids because most of the 1$ ornaments are plastic – unbreakable

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