4 ways to deck the halls on a budget
Over the festive season, retailers will be doing their best to tempt you with all sorts of decorations and novelty items to mark the time of year, from fun Christmas lights to reindeer antennas for your car to tinsel, garlands, crackers and pretend snow. After Christmas you’ll be faced with more potential purchases to ring in the new year, like party poppers and sparklers.
So, how do you have all the festive paraphernalia you want without breaking the bank? Here are some tips.
- Consider doubling up on decorations and buying in bulk so you can use them for both Christmas and new year. To avoid impulse purchases think about what you really need.
- Don’t forget to check your cupboards at home before you head to the shops. Make sure you don’t already have a large supply of bonbons and party plates before you buy more.
Confer with your party guests to find out what they’re bringing before you end up with 10 packets of sparklers.
- Think about making your own decorations. DIY garlands, streamers, wreaths and ornaments can be perfect activities to keep the kids amused. There’s a wealth of craft instructions online to help you create simple and effective decorations. You can even take inspiration from nature and make use of what’s on your doorstep – flowers from your own garden are always a nice touch.
- If you can’t resist hitting the shops, buy up in the post-Christmas sales when decorations are heavily discounted.