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How to Find Christmas Decorations on a Budget

I love Christmas. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! But it can get expensive, so I’m here with some tips on finding cheap decorations this holiday season.

I know that not everyone has unlimited money available at their fingertips, and maybe you’re looking at your budget like, “Please don’t let me spend any more today.” Don’t worry, though- there are plenty of ways to find Christmas decorations on a budget right now.

Here are some great places and ideas you might not have thought about:

How to Find Christmas Decorations on a Budget


Not only do auctions offer a ton of different items in a single area – including Christmas decorations – they also often feature sellers who don’t want or need their items anymore and will sell them at discounted prices


eBay has an entire section devoted specifically to holiday decorations, so if you’re looking for something specific, this may be your best bet. Just keep in mind that shipping costs may add up depending on where you order from.

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How to Find Christmas Decorations on a Budget

Craft Supply Stores:

If you’ve never been to a craft store like Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabric, or Hobby Lobby, it might be time to fix that! These stores offer plenty of Christmas decorations for cheap because they’re hoping to sell them as fast as possible.

This is especially true around the holidays. Always check for coupons to these stores online. If you are new to shopping at Hobby Lobby, don’t buy anything unless it is on sale.

And trust me, everything goes on sale every other week. I like using the app Flipp to check stores’ local ads to see what is on sale for the week and compare prices.

I shared a Titkok video explaining the app below.

How to Find Christmas Decorations on a Budget

Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Other Thrift Stores: 

These stores are great for finding ornaments, garlands, wreaths, artificial trees, and little trinkets. If you haven’t shopped at a Goodwill bins store yet- you are missing out.

There is always an excellent selection of Christmas lights, too. Lights are an easy way to decorate your home for cheap. I love getting small LED string lights and placing them in my corner cabinet.

Just be sure to check back often if you don’t find what you’re looking for right away.

READ THIS: How to Decorate for Fall on A Budget

Facebook Marketplace: 

This online market is where locals buy and sell everything from used clothes to furniture, so it’s perfect for buying decorations! Just keep in mind that you’ll have to meet the seller somewhere that isn’t your home.

Read: 7 Ways to Make Money on Facebook

Buy Nothing Facebook Group

This is a great group to join for any and everything. These groups are a place to come and offer something to give away. Others usually comment on the post, expressing interest.

The gifter chooses one of the commenters for pickup. Here, you can check out the leading website for more info on finding your local group.

BJs wholesale club

Wholesale Clubs

If you have followed my blogs, you know how much I love my wholesale memberships. I shop at BJs and Costco because Sam’s is too far away. BUT they put their Christmas decorations on clearance fast! So most of the time, you can score a clearance price well before Christmas. The middle aisles of wholesale clubs are where the holiday decoration treasures are.

I share all the Costco deals on my Costco blog here and all the BJs deals on the BJs blog here.

Keep an eye out for deals all year round:

It might seem early to start looking, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth starting now! Stores are constantly trying to get rid of old inventory so they can bring in new products.

So keep your eyes open, and you’ll probably find some great sales on Christmas decorations.

Keep up with deal/coupon blogs so you have an idea of items that constantly go on sale. Also, follow Facebook groups for deals, especially Dollar General Penny Deal groups.

Read: 7 Unconventional Frugal Ways to Celebrate Christmas

How to Find Christmas Decorations on a Budget

DIY Decorations:

There are plenty of ways to get creative and make your decorations on a budget. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

You can manipulate yarn into any number of shapes to make a garland, hangers, and more! String lights are also an excellent material for making your decorations.

Candles are surprisingly versatile when it comes to home decorating. You can use them as candle holders or even hang them upside down with twine. The possibilities are endless! You can use empty glass bottles to hold just about anything. Just grab some Mod Podge and spray paint and get crafty!

Evergreen trees are a classic part of Christmas decorating, but they take up tons of storage room after the holidays. If you can’t bear to part with them, you can repurpose trees into shapes that will be just as beautiful when the leaves are off. Just cut your tree into pieces and use wire or string to bend them into whatever form you want!

If you don’t have a ton of storage space, this is a great way to save some for the following year.

To make your wreath, get some base – like a styrofoam disc or even an old wire hanger – and wrap it with evergreen branches, twigs, or pinecones. You can also use this for door decorating! You can even use different colors of ribbon and twine to make variations and hang them together for a fun holiday display.

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For a fun twist on the traditional Christmas ornament, grab some paper (wrapping paper works best) and create designs with it to make bows, reindeer, snowflakes, whatever strikes your fancy!

Then you must punch a hole in each shape and string them on some twine or ribbon to hang. This is an easy way to get your kids involved in holiday decorating, so don’t forget about this fun option!

Check out these Easy Kid Ornament Ideas here.

You can glue just about any pinecone, branch, or twig into whatever shape you want to create adorable decorations. For example, my daughter made an angel pinecone ornament that is precious. Pinterest becomes a lifeline when you are looking for DIY decorations.

Try making a Christmas tree, wreath, or even an abstract decoration for the mantel! This is another easy way to get creative with your holiday decorating, especially if you’re on a budget. Dollar Tree has wreath-making supplies and other Christmas crafts.

There are plenty of ways to decorate your home for less. Be creative using what you have around the house and do a little digging at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales.

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