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.