I’ve broken down the costs of my hair , face, and pet so I think it's about time for a little holiday-themed fun... let's look at how much my tree costs!
The tree: $10
When I moved out into my own place during college, I "suffered" through a Christmas with a tiny table tree so that I could score a deeply discounted 7-footer on Christmas clearance (at Home Depot). I went for an unlit tree so that I could replace the lights on my own to elongate the life of the tree.
Tree skirt: $20
Again, I held out for a Christmas clearance to snag this timeless Crate & Barrel skirt.
It only takes two strands to light up my 7-foot tree when I stand it against the wall so I was able to get all of them with a 2-for-1 special.
This garage sale find is still my stand-in topper while I wait to find "the one." Who knows, maybe I'll find one this December 26th.
Filler Ornaments: $30
Unlike my parents who are somehow able to fill a 12-footer with sentimental pieces, I'm still working on building up my ornament collection. My DIY tree trimmings for $10, a $10 silver set from IKEA and a a couple of $5 sets of gold stars (fair trade from 10,000 Villages) help fill the empty spots.
The extras: $20/ year
I've slowly started to buy meaningful ornaments to build my collection. In addition, Nate and I are going to buy each other ornaments as part of a new (and thrifty) Christmas tradition.
Total: $66 + $20/year
How much does your tree cost? Do you go for hand-blown ornaments or cut your own tree each year at a local farm? What's your most priceless ornament?