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How to Save on Holiday Decorations

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

Decorating for the holidays is a fun activity for the whole family, but if you buy tons of specialized decorations and jazzy lights, the costs can start to skyrocket. Next time you're looking to spruce up your house for a party or celebration this holiday season, keep a few of these money-saving tips in mind.

1. Go shopping for holiday items when they're on sale. Holiday gear starts appearing in stores really early - sometimes even at the beginning of September, but how often do you see these items in stores after January 1st? As soon as the festive months are over, stores put all of their seasonal merchandise on clearance, which means you can get deals on everything from Christmas lights to fake spiderwebs. The best part is that last season's decorations will always be in.

2. Shop at places that cater to decorators. Rather than going to a local craft store to buy something like ribbon, try looking online for retailers who supply in bulk or have discounted prices.

3. Sometimes it pays to be last-minute, especially when you're buying a Christmas tree. If you only have a couple of days left until the big day, chances are you can get a good discount on a tree because sellers will be scrambling to get rid of the rest of their supply.

4. Make your own decorations. If you get a little crafty with your friends or your kids, you'll be surprised by the awesome things you can make. Try putting together a gingerbread house, making paper snowflakes with glitter, stringing popcorn on the tree and anything else you think would make a nice holiday decoration.