Trimming the Tree while Trimming your Costs

Decorated Christmas TreeNow 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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6 Comments on Trimming the Tree while Trimming your Costs

  1. SuburbanFinance
    December 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM (9 months ago)

    Thanks for guest posting, Noelle! It was great to have you on the blog.

    • ThisLifeOnPurpose
      December 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM (9 months ago)

      Thanks for having me Daisy!

  2. Jay@MoneyBulldog
    December 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM (9 months ago)

    I read your post, Noelle. Wonderful post! It definitely wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree. And these things don’t always have to be expensive.

    • ThisLifeOnPurpose
      December 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM (9 months ago)

      Thanks for reading Jay!

  3. Broke and Beautiful (@brokeandbeau)
    December 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM (9 months ago)

    I’ve never had an artificial tree, but I feel like it would be the most cost effective. You can use it forever!

    • ThisLifeOnPurpose
      December 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM (9 months ago)

      We always had an artificial tree growing up. And they are definitely the most economical choice for the long-run. Not quite the same experience though!


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