Save Money: Buy Your Christmas Tree at Your Thrift Store

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Like many of you, I prefer an artificial tree to the real deal. With an artificial tree, I am able to decorate as early as I want which is usually Thanksgiving Day. With a live tree, there is the worry of drying out, needles everywhere, keeping it watered, as well as the fire hazard. I never understood the concept of cutting down a beautiful tree to enjoy for a few weeks. My parents use to buy a real potted Christmas tree to decorate and enjoy, then planted it in their backyard after the holidays—great idea!

Our last artificial tree was with us for many years. Last year, I noticed that the trunk had split and I was unable to repair it. After scouring the after-Christmas sales, I was unable to find my perfect tree at the perfect price.

Then, a few weeks ago while shopping at one of our favorite thrift stores, Carol called me over to look at a Christmas tree. It was the perfect height (at 7 ft. tall) and smaller in diameter for our small living room. It was exactly what I was looking for, and at $9.95, the perfect tree for my family.

This year, I chose to decorate the tree with beautiful silk poinsettias that I purchased for only 10 cents each while shopping the after-Christmas sales last year. I added beautiful sprays of feathers and branches (also 10 cent each) atop the tree, and filled the tree with gold and red Christmas ornaments.

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The after-Christmas sales are a great time to grab beautiful decorations for very little money. After years of shopping, I’ve discovered a general rule of thumb about when stores mark down their merchandise:

  • 50% off: the day after Christmas
  • 75% off: the day after New Years
  • 90% off: about 7-14 days after New Years; you have to call or check back daily to grab the best deals

Of course, this depends on the store, so don’t assume. Ask, ask, ask; then ask a different clerk, because many times you’ll get different answers.

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This is my favorite decorated tree from all the years past. It is an example of what we can accomplish with very little money and a little imagination.

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