Holiday Decor Isn’t Worth Filing for Bankruptcy

I had a post request from a friend: “How to decorate for the holidays without breaking the bank.” She goes on to say, “I could spend countless amounts of money on holiday home decor. It’s a problem. My husband wants to kill me.” I have a few ideas that might save the men of the world from feelings of murderous rage. You’re welcome, husbands. You see, this blog isn’t just for women after all…

  • If you’re starting from scratch in a new apartment or home…you’re screwed. Ha, no but you’ll probably want to start with a tree. I prefer artificial trees because less mess. You will be happier in the long run if you buy the more expensive looking tree. This is an investment piece that you’ll use year after year. I’ve been told time and time again the best time to buy a tree is after Christmas. That’s great for the lucky few who get to the store fast enough. For most of us sorry suckers, the trees are gonezo. Look for sales throughout the season leading up to the holiday. Black Friday might be a good time, but I wouldn’t be caught dead at a retail store on the day after Thanksgiving. You can also do this with things like outdoor Christmas lights. Stores will also have flash sales leading up to the holiday so you check the websites and you check them often (insert diabetes man commercial voice here).
  • You don’t have to decorate the whole house all at once. Be patient and accumulate things over time. I know the feeling of: “I NEED ALL THE THINGS AND I NEED THEM ALL RIGHT NOW!” If you’re feeling like that, ask your best friend to slap you across the face. You don’t need all the things now. Why? Because there will always be more things. Tomorrow, next month and next year. Start with one room or one focal feature of your home, like the fireplace or centerpiece for the kitchen table. Do that and do it well. Then move on from there when you have more available funds.
  • Don’t neglect The Dollar Tree. They have a lot of really great stuff if you take the time to look. You should already be shopping there for gift bags, tissue paper, wine glasses and vases. You should also shop there for seasonal items. For Halloween, I bought some really great plastic skull party cups and creepy mirror clings (which freaked out my husband every time he walked by the bathroom, hehe). For a party recently, my friend snagged some decorative pumpkins, seasonal napkins and cocktail skewers. Super affordable and festive AF.


  • The Dollar Tree, continued. If you’re just starting a tree and still accumulating ornaments, you can get some great “filler” generic bulb ornaments there. This is especially great for when you accumulate your own personal collection. Just toss the cheap stuff and not feel a bit bad about it. The generic bulb ornaments can also be used to fill a glass vase.
  • You should know me by now and you should also know what my next point is going to be. Wait for it…wait for it…TARRRRRRGET!!! Their seasonal decor is so current and so affordable. Their website has a huge selection. I would be willing to bet they have some online Black Friday sales too. Also take the time to browse through stores like TJ Maxx and Home Goods. Their holiday decor is on point this season. Fun fact: you can now order online from TJ Maxx. Also worth noting is Home Goods has some absolutely amazing wreaths right now. They are preserved from real plants and smell di-vine! The above pictures feature a wreath from Home Goods. Hurry along now…these items are limited.
  • I once had a friend tell me regarding her parent’s house: “It looks like Santa threw up in there.” Knowing when you’ve gone off the deep end is tough. And this is coming from a girl who loves all things sparkle. There comes a point when too much of a good thing just goes terribly wrong. Don’t feel bad about discarding some of that old, tired decor. Donate it to someone who’s just starting out, hand it down to a family member in need or box it up and make someone at Goodwill a very happy camper.
  • If you can afford it and you happen to stumble upon that statement item you’ve been longing for – buy it now! If you don’t, someone else will.
  • DO buy gift wrap after the holidays. Always available and always on sale.

I sincerely hope this helps you. The holidays are stressful enough.

See ya on the next post.

-The Chic(ish) Chick


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