I’m going to share with you a couple decorating tips for tight budgets. I absolutely know that this will not be the best blog you see on this topic, but I at least want to pen down a couple things I’ve done the last couple years to really help make my house look festive and yet not spend too much money doing it.
1) Forego what you don’t have now so you can have it later.
The last few Christmases, along with trying to my find my “style”, I’ve basically just had a tree–which was a trial and error experiment all in itself.
But as I really began to know what I liked, I would wait until the week following Christmas and go in and buy things on clearance…ornaments, lights, etc.
I do not like pointless or excess junk so for me, I just buy one or two things so that I can maybe do this every year. That way I don’t peak too soon, ya feel me? 😜
2) Less is more…
I came to terms a long time ago that I like my tree to have a theme, which meant that collecting all my kids school crafts and grandma and grandpas random ornaments they send every year and feeling obligated to stick them on my tree was not my style and that was OKAY and didn’t mean I was a bad mother, daughter, or granddaughter.
It’s my tree and having it look like the Cracker Barrel Country Store at Christmas was not something I particularly enjoy. No offense to anyone who does like this, I’m just saying that it isn’t my style.
I do love my kids crafts and grandma and grandpas ornaments however, so instead, something I decided that I would start this year is buying my son a mini tree to put in his room. He can put all his ornaments on it that he makes at school or anything grandma and grandpa get him. Once my baby girls get older, I plan to do the same with them. This way, we can keep the sentamentality alive and make it more intentional, but I can still have a style and theme that I enjoy as well.
3) Do the unexpected…
I like to look for things that maybe some people would overlook to incorporate into my decor. For instance. The blush pink “ornaments” you see here aren’t technically ornaments at all. They are “gift toppers”. Two in a box for only $3 and the look gorgeous on my tree.
Same thing with my girls stockings. However, this one I can’t take credit for. I saw this idea online at Target and fell in love!
I feel like most people do this, but believe it or not, I’ve heard of some people that don’t. What?!?! Gift bags are expensive, y’all! I am like the polar opposite of “hoarder”, but I literally save 9 out of 10 gift bags + tissue paper I receive. I got a baby section, Birthday section, Christmas section, and even a Victoria’s Secret bag section. Ok, that last stash is mostly my fault and their bags are so cute and make for great bachelorette party bags.
Anyway, my point: save and recycle!
Another cool thing I’ve done this year, is buy a bulk pack of linen bags on Amazon and fabric pens. I wanted to make some of my bags more intentional by drawing on them and writing something. These bags are also something that someone can use for groceries or anything else they might like.
5) Quality over Quantity
I don’t remember the last time I had a Christmas that was just overflowing with material gifts. In my home, as we got older, it was more about quality and intentionality over how many things we got. Then, being a young married lady, me and my husband didn’t have a lot of money so we really focused our energy in the same manner. Now we have kid, and to be honest, we still don’t have a lot of money. But, even if we did, I really enjoy smaller Christmases. If I’m “buying just buy” then something is wrong with the motive and I’m especially missing the core of what Christmas is truly about.
We buy (and buy for each other) so much of what we want and need through the year that we focus on a few things for the kids (mostly needs and some wants), and one or two things for each other.
Kids love having multiple things to open, so my husband and I try to wrap or bag everything individual. (Another reason to save the bags) 😉
So there it is. Five practical tips to making Christmas intentional and wonderful without breaking the bank.
How do you make Christmas on a budget special? I would love to hear ways that you save money during he holidays without sacrificing the beauty and heart of the season.
Share with me in the comments below! I love hearing new ideas!