Christmas decorations often end up being too heavy on the pocket. People tend to spend a lot more on the decorations and the presents than they intended because they could not plan a suitable way to stay within the budget. It has been estimated that an average British family will spend as much 800 pounds which includes decorations. Christmas is the biggest festival for Christians and nobody wants the festivities and decorations hampered by money constraints. As a result, the expenditures incurred during Christmas become a problem later due to the depleted funds before the next salary day. These are the best 5 ways to save money on Christmas decorations.
1. Using LED Light
Christmas lighting is an essential part of the decorations. Instead of using the traditional Christmas bulbs, it is desirable to switch over to LED Christmas lights. The LED lights utilize 80% less electricity than the conventional lights which means that they can save around 24% of the electricity bill of the house during Christmas. The amount of energy consumed per string of light is five times less than the normal lights. LED lights are also made up of plastic and do not break easily.
2. Buying the decoration materials way before Christmas
The Christmas decorations can be bought at the seasonal sales or right after New Year. The stores put up the previous year’s leftover stock which they want to sell off immediately. As a result, these goods are heavily discounted and can be bought for even 75% less than its price. Planning for the decorations and buying the items throughout the year saves a lot of money. In fact, one should start looking for the items just after Christmas for decorations the next year.
3. Buying used Christmas decorations
There are many second-hand shops where one can go looking for Christmas decorations. There are always many Christmas ornaments and other decorative items to be found in good conditions. Many people just throw their old decorations for new ones though the former are in a perfectly usable condition. A lot of items such as wrapping paper, stockings, etc. can be bought for very low prices which save a considerable amount of money. Second-hand Christmas decorations are also available at Ebay and Amazon.
4. Make the Christmas decorations yourself
There are a lot of Christmas decorations such as Christmas tree ornaments, snow globes, etc. that can be easily made at home. They can effectively substitute the expensive ones that are available in the stores. There are many online tutorials available for making Christmas decorations. Christmas trees can also be made at home which is a lot more fun besides saving money.
5. Re-using old Christmas decorations
The Christmas decorations that are in good condition should not be thrown away. They can be used for the next Christmas as well. The old Christmas decorations can also be used on a gift wrap for Christmas gifts.
By adopting the above means, the Christmas decorations can be made affordable without compromising on the quality.