|It's Christmas, y'all!|
So here are my priceless tips.
1) Have an appreciation for vintage items. You must like older things that may or may not be falling apart in order for the rest of the advice to really work. So if you must have new, shiny decor, stop here. I can't help you.
|From Ryan's collection.|
|The roaches only got one of the pretzels.|
3) Buy a live tree. But an inexpensive one. In years past, we've had small Charlie Brown style trees, but this year I wanted bigger without the bigger price tag. So we headed over to a local church where they had many varieties at all price points. We opted for a 6 foot Scots Pine (our ceilings are only about 7.5 feet tall, so we can't go crazy anyway). It looks like it was picked straight out of a fantasy forest. And just like in fantasy books, this tree will flat out attack you. It's spiny and painful, but it was only $30. The upside is that its branches hold ornaments very well not only because they're pretty hefty but also because any child who dares to put their hands near the tree will pay. I know my arm hurts from decorating this nasty beast. I also keep waiting for it to grow legs and start walking around the house screaming it's going to eat me.
|There should've been a disclaimer to sign for this prickly cactus-like tree.|
4) Never say no to free stuff. When my mom offers me old Christmas decorations, I take 'em. She also sends me things she found on clearance, like the 72 feet worth of lit garland we just hung up outside. Yeah, I know it's unfair that I'm telling you it's easy to be cheap when you're given stuff, but I read advice along these lines all the time in Bloglandia. You read "tips and tricks" on some site about frugal home decor, and lo and behold, it turns out the blogger was comped every item she recommended (I say "she" because they're almost all chicks). That is infuriating! But apparently, it's accepted practice, so I'm just jumping on that bandwagon.
|Yes, I'm old! But that makes me awesome!|
|Nativity, gifted by my mother.|
7) If you're feeling inadequate, buy some holiday nog and drink some. But only buy it on sale. Or ask your mother to give it to you.
Hope this helps, broke people of America! Even us little peoples can enjoy Christmas decor!