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By now you all know I am a mommy on a budget. Even if I have the money to spend I do not like to pay full price for anything. I am a bargain hunter, do it yourself kind of girl. So it should be no surprise that I have a budget-friendly post for Christmas decorations. And don’t worry. I have one coming up for shopping as well. Subscribe to the blog for an update on when it comes out.
I also want to make note that I have not pulled my decorations out just yet, nor did I remember to bring my camera shopping with me. I know, I am a bad blogger. It might be a little early to pull those heavy boxes down from the attic, but it isn’t too soon to prepare for Christmas. So once my boxes come down, and I have Christmas decorations to photo, I will. I promise.
Now I have been at this budgeting game for a while. When I was married we were a one income kind of family. We both believed in mommy taking care of the baby. And the only jobs I was able to get at the time would have paid for daycare only. I mean seriously that has gotten to be expensive.
Now that I am a single mother, I am on a budget for a whole new reason. The money just isn’t there, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have nice things. So, of course, I have tips on shopping that I want to share with all of you. I know my audience. Most of you want to save a dollar or two as well. I mean who doesn’t
Now I have come up with my best five ways to save on Christmas decorations. I have been doing this for years, and I promise it is not as hard as it might seem. I’ll pass off my secret money-saving tools to you, but you have to use them. Now let’s get into it.
Okay so maybe the word secret wasn’t the right one to use. Everyone knows you can shop off-season, but so many people just don’t. I am telling you this a goal mind. And it isn’t as scary or hard as you think.
The number one complaint that I see about buying off-season is that all the good stuff is gone by the time you get there. Well, let me tell you a little secret. Stop waiting until the last minute to go out there and buy the dang stuff. Walmart does a fifty percent off sale the day after Christmas. Instead of waiting until days later just go the day after. It is not as crazy as you think.
I have gotten many decorations the day after Christmas. I got up early and went to my Walmart the minute the sale started. The worse part was that it was super early. I think many a handful of other people had the same idea as me. The doors open and we were all very nice while we walked to the Christmas section. Trust me guys, this is not black Friday.
Shop the Dollar Store
Chances are if you are not shopping the Dollar Store, then you haven’t been in a while. It is no longer the place where junk goes to die. The Dollar Store is a place where you can get all kinds of wonderful things. The best thing there, in my opinion, is the decorations.
I buy all my decorations from the Dollar Store. They have high-quality signs, cute ornaments, little figurines, and so much more for just one dollar. I mean the price alone is worth the trip. Even if you don’t think you’ll be impressed still make the trip. You won’t be disappointed. But go soon. They put the seasonal decorations out way early and all the good stuff goes fast. I believe Christmas stuff will be put out right after Halloween.
Buy Open Box On Amazon
I bet you didn’t think about this, did you? I love Amazon. Buying your Christmas Decorations from here will help you save money because you’ll simply see what you are spending before you purchase them. Buying open box helps even more. I always buy open box when the option is available.
Open box is just the returned items Amazon gets back. Sometimes people buy stuff and realize it isn’t what they wanted and they send it back. Sometimes the item might have even arrived damaged, but don’t worry. Amazon inspects and repairs all items before sending them to a new home. And the same policies apply to open box items as regular items. There is no risk in buying these products.
I saved so much money a few years back buying my gifts and Christmas decorations this way. Here are a few of the times I bought so you can get a item on how cute the stuff is. These items might not be available in open box, but at least you’ll get an idea.
Make It Yourself
You knew I was gonna say this, didn’t you? I mean it just won’t be a budget blog if I didn’t say get off your butt and make your own Christmas decorations. And I mean I get it. You’re busy and just don’t want to make the time. I know I am just too lazy, but this is the best way to save money.
We live in the age of technology. Just google what you want to make (or use Pinterest, because who uses google anymore?) and follow the tutorial. Chances are you’ll get a few different ones. There is even a chance that once my life calms down I might jump on the DIY blog post bandwagon. So stop staring at the DIY pin you pinned a month ago and get to it. I bet it will look great.
Alright, so many I built up the post when I said super secret money saving tips. All these are super simple and pretty obvious, but let’s not pretend like some of ya’ll don’t need to hear this. I know I am that type of person who has to read something or be told something a million times before it sinks into my head.
Saving money this season doesn’t have to be hard. It is more willpower than anything. You have to convince yourself that you really do need to save money. Remember that goal you have in mind when it comes to the amount you want to spend this year. Share your budget with us in the comment section so we can help keep you accountable.