Now that December is upon us, Christmas is just around the corner. That means that retail stores will be playing non-stop Christmas music, you will be getting holiday invites that will fill up your calendar and it will soon be time to dust off the Christmas decorations.
My favourite part of Christmas decorating has always been the tree, and this year we are going for a real tree instead of an artificial one. Since this is my first experience purchasing a real tree, I was stunned to find out just how much they cost. You can pay anywhere from $25 to $200 for a Christmas tree, and that doesn’t include the tree stand, the tinsel, the tree skirt, the decorations or the gifts to go under! Here are a few considerations to help you trim the cost of your Christmas tree purchase while still embracing the holiday tradition.
Where to buy your tree
There are over 33 million real Christmas trees sold in the US each year. These days most of us aren’t marching into the forest and cutting down our own Christmas trees. Decide if you want to purchase your tree directly from a Christmas tree farm or from a reseller.
Buying directly from the tree farm may cost a little bit more, but generally you go for the experience of wandering around, arguing over which tree is best, sipping some free hot chocolate and maybe even catching a sleigh ride. If you want to make it a family activity the Christmas tree farm can be the way to go, but also consider the cost of gas to get there and back…
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