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Christmas Decorating on a Budget

I've had times in my life when I was literally scraping the bottom of the decorating barrel, looking for ways to make my home more festive without spending a dime. I was in such dire straits, I didn't dare go purchase a Christmas tree. However, I didn't want my kids to know the situation. I wanted them to feel secure and happy and enjoy the Christmas season. We had always had a Christmas tree, however, and that was definitely on my agenda. So for those of you who are pinching pennies and need to get everything you can as inexpensively as you can, here are some ideas that might help you with your "Christmas Decorating on a Budget" Plan.

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  • I like to use strings of beads on my trees, but when finances were tight, we popped popcorn and sprayed it with gold or silver glitter and strung the popcorn instead.
  • Look in your garden or at a near by park or beach for discarded items from nature to use. These items are free for the taking, in most cases.
  • Spray painted sand in a clear bottle can become an attractive table ornament.
  • Colorful wrapping paper (not the expensive foils) will add instant color. Try to find papers that color coordinate for best results.
  • A bowl filled with colorful fruit will make your dining room table look exquisite.
  • A bowl of chestnuts or party nuts brings a festive feeling into the room.
  • If you go out on Christmas eve or the day before to your local supermarkets and other stores that sell Christmas trees, you can often find trees for free that would just get thrown out. But if you get a free tree, check it thoroughly for extra dryness, as a really dry tree can become a fire hazard.
  • Handmade gifts are always appreciated and you get cut a lot of expense out of gift giving by making presents.
  • Dress up your wrapped gifts with items collected from nature: a pine sprig, a pine cone, or just a handmade card or note. I love handwritten notes with a message written just for me from the giver. I'll often remember the message on the note long after I've forgotten the gift. And it sure won't hurt the budget either.

Quick Christmas Decorating Links

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