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Cheap Christmas Decorations

Posted on 12/5/2012 11:18 EST

The holiday season comes with lots of pressure to turn your home into a winter wonderland. From the Christmas tree to backyard decorations, sticking to a budget while keeping up with the Joneses is no treat. But attractive and cheap Christmas decorations can be had. Here are several that are worth checking out.

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Cheap Christmas Trees.

No doubt about it, the life cycle of an artificial Christmas tree makes it a far cheaper option than the real thing. The key to selecting the perfect specimen is to focus on the number of tips; the more tips the artificial tree has, the fuller and more realistic it will appear. For $50 at Target, you can purchase the seven-foot, 739-tip Unlit Fraser Fir Tree, which comes with a stand and is flame resistant. Several Christmas decorations reviews at Target say this is an excellent value but note that the tips require "serious fluffing" to reach maximum fullness. Several reviewers contend that this cheap Christmas decoration is not as appealing as the in-store display or the online picture, but others say the tree looks pretty good after putting in fluffing time.

For folks who aren't keen on lighting the Christmas tree, there are plenty of pre-lit Christmas tree alternatives. To date the best bargain we've found is at Kmart, where the six-foot Trim A Home Boulder Mountain model is priced at $64.99. This cheap Christmas decoration comes with 300 multicolored lights, six spare bulbs, three fuses, and a metal stand. At MyGofer.com it garners a full five stars from reviewers who say they appreciate the just-right size and the hinged construction, which makes for quick setup. Holiday revelers also note that with 1,563 branch tips, the tree looks particularly full compared to other artificial options. Bonus tip: Buying the tree online won't cost any extra it comes with free standard shipping or free store pick-up.

Cheap Christmas Ornaments.

Once the tree is all set up, it's time to add the ornaments. Look no further than Walmart, which stocks an extensive selection of shatterproof decorations. For $27 you can get a container of 101 60mm balls in white, pink, and green that can be used indoors and out. One reviewer is thrilled with the Victorian look but another says the ornaments are smaller than expected. Packages with fewer baubles, like a set of 50 in several shades of purple, go for $17. Buyers say these cheap Christmas decorations are safe to use around children and don't look low-cost. But note: Hooks are sold separately and some assortments are available in-store only.

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One way to add pizzazz to a tree, windows, or doors is with Trim A Home's Lighted Tinsel Bow, which Kmart sells for $10. This 24-inch red bow contains 20 incandescent lights and can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

Cheap Christmas Backyard Decorations.

Perhaps you want to impress the neighbors and make the kids happy without having the backyard look like a carnival. If so, consider cheap, inflatable Christmas decorations like a 3.5-foot Santa, reindeer, snowman, or penguin; a two-for-$30 deal is currently available at Walmart and each is also sold individually for $15. The characters come with stakes and tethers and, according to consumers, fill with air in seconds.

You can also add a little light to the yard with Trim A Home's standing deer or grazing doe. These three-dimensional figures made of white wire are embellished with 70 lights and sell for $17 a piece at Kmart. A cheap Christmas decoration, it is eligible for free shipping with other special offers.

Cheap Christmas Wreaths.

Walmart carries a variety of holiday wreaths, but most are out of our price range. We did spy two less costly choices, though: a bare and artificial 24-inch Virginia pine wreath with 180 tips for $20 and a 24-inch General Foam Plastics pre-lit evergreen fir wreath with 100 multicolored lights and 80 tips for $18.40.

by Alyssa Goldman (Google+ Profile)

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