If you find yourself tight on money this Christmas holiday season, decorate your Christmas tree on a budget. Pick up an artificial Christmas tree at a garage sale or visit the Goodwill and purchase one for pennies on the dollar. (If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you can cut your own, count your blessings and cut your tree to bring home to your family.) Here’s how to decorate your Christmas tree on a budget:
Popcorn strings. Stringing popcorn can be a fun-filled, family activity because you can all sit around the fire (and the television) while you work. All you have to do is use some fishing line and carefully poke a hole through each piece of popcorn and push it down to the knotted end. Continue the process until you fill up enough fishing line to wrap around the Christmas tree in a swirled fashion. (Be sure to not string warm popcorn because it will break apart.) You might want to start your family on the popcorn-stringing process early and let all share in the work because this process take awhile to complete, but is well worth the work and easy on the budget.
Hair ribbons. Don’t waste your money on the cheap packet of bows that stores sell at Christmas time. Spare your budget and use hair ribbons if you have some. If you don’t, skip the ribbons and use icicles. These come a whole gob to a box, and you can easily get these on sale at two boxes for a dollar during the Christmas season. Make sure not to use icicles on your tree if you have really small children around, though. Children can easily pull these icicles off the tree and suck them down their throats and choke. It’s wise to even caution the older children not to play with icicles by putting them in their mouths because they could also choke.
Baby booties. If you’re expecting a baby or already have a baby in your home, why not use baby booties to decorate your tree. Baby booties are colorful and small enough to hang on a Christmas tree and cost nothing if you already have them. All you’ll have to buy are the ornament hangers to hang the baby booties on your tree with. If your children are already grown, you can give them their booties that you saved all these years to hang on their own Christmas trees. This can start a new tradition of passing down booties for ornaments and will give your grandchildren (and great-grandchildren) a thrill, while helping out the family budget.
Candy canes. If you are a thrifty shopper, you can easily purchase candy canes in a variety of colors at Christmas time for a dollar or less per box. These candy canes can serve you well in decorating your Christmas tree (and in saving your budget). Plus, you can take them off the tree on Christmas Eve and use them to stuff your family’s Christmas stockings. If your family doesn’t eat all that many candy canes, don’t worry. You can save these for the next time your family drinks hot chocolate and serve them up as drink stirrers. Even better, you can use these candy canes to make your family some homemade cough syrup next time your family gets sick.