Deck the Halls on a Budget

Nothing brings out the holiday spirit quite like decorations. Steeped in tradition and meaning, they have a magical ability to give you those warm, cozy feelings that can only be felt during the holiday season. If you’re renting or staying in temporary housing, a little festive décor can make any space feel a bit more like home.

But decorations aren’t always budget-friendly. For many folks, the holidays come with a string of expenses that’s longer than Santa’s list. And who wants to spend a fortune on pieces that will only be up for a few months? Lucky for you, we’ve landed on some pretty sweet, money-savvy tips for decking out your space in all things merry and bright.

Browse the House. Let’s start with no-spend options. Take inventory of what you already have lying around the house and in storage. Household items like candles, pillows, and blankets are great for making a room feel extra cozy. Presents, or just wrapped boxes, can also be placed around for added festive flair. And if you have any extra ribbons from gift-wrapping or strands of lights, string them up and around to brighten the space.

Shop the Yard. You’ll be surprised at just how many decorative pieces can be found right in your backyard. Branches, pinecones, and twigs can be easily fashioned into wreaths, ornaments, and center pieces. Just remember to shake your findings out before bringing them inside!

Go All DIY. Feeling crafty? Design and create your own decorations with some glue, markers, a sewing machine, or other pieces from the craft stores (they always have great coupons). One of the simplest projects is using a few yards of fabric as a throw, but you can find zillions more on Pinterest and craft store websites.

Hunt for Bargains. Holiday décor doesn’t always come at a hefty price tag. There are plenty of budget-friendly options at local grocery stores, thrift stores, flea markets, big box stores, and even online retailers. But before you buy, do your research by comparing prices and keeping an eye out for coupons and sales.

Whether you craft only a few simple pieces or attempt a festive overhaul, we hope these tips and ideas will help your home (and your wallet) feel extra holly and jolly this season. And if you run out of time, that’s okay! At the end of the day, the holiday spirit is all about spending time with the ones you love, so decorated or not, don’t be afraid to share your space with friends and family.