November 24, 2009

Tip of the day

Since many people will be putting up Christmas decorations this week and weekend, here are a few money saving tips on trees:

  • The environmental impact of artificial trees is greater than purchasing a tree from a tree farm.  Many people have allergies and prefer artificial trees, though. If that is the case for you, I encourage you to look at thrift stores, tag sales, antique stores, and Craig’s list to buy a used tree.  This will help keep the tree from ending up in a landfill and will meet your needs.  Trees that are sturdy can be “dusted” by using a blow dryer in an open area (garage, outside)
  • Buy a small tree.  We started purchasing smaller trees a few years back and have been very pleased.  The trees are more in scale for our daughter, and she is able to decorate more of the tree herself. 
  • If you have a larger property or farm, consider cutting down a tree there.  When I was a kid we would go out to the farm and pick the perfect tree.  Check the trees to make sure no animals have nest in the branches.  Give the tree a few good shakes before bringing it inside.  Often we would keep it outside for a day and shake it again before bringing it indoors.
  • While I’ve never had luck with buying a potted tree to plant later, other people swear by this. While you will pay more out of pocket initially, you might have a tree that will grow on your property for years to come.

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