Are you ready for cozy season? If you’re looking to make your home merry and bright, we’ve got eight cost-effective tips to help you decorate for the holidays on a budget — because who doesn’t love saving money?

1. Use what you have 

With holiday decorations tucked away in boxes for most of the year, it’s easy to forget about everything you have. Before you start buying new decorations, dust off those boxes, take a look at what you already have, and determine what can be reused. You could even ask your friends and relatives for decorations that they’re not planning to use. You’ll save money and minimize waste too! A win, win.

2. Don’t buy all at once

As we get closer to the new year, new deals start popping up and prices begin to drop. Check the Flipp app every single week for sales on decor items. There’s no reason to rush and buy your decorations all at once, take your time and enjoy the process — and remember to shop at several stores to get the best deals.

3. Visit your local thrift stores 

You’ll be surprised by how many hidden gems or cozy antiques you can find at thrift stores. Sometimes all a previously loved item needs is a little TLC and sprucing up to be the star of the show. To make them look new again while adding your own flair, take out your crafting supplies and get creative. 

4. Shop for basics at the dollar store 

Before shopping at pricier retail locations, head to your local dollar store first to see what’s available. You’ll be surprised by how many basics you can find at low prices: tinsel, ribbon, wrapping paper, vases, ornaments, and even crafting supplies for those who want to get their DIY game on. 

Shop for holiday decor basics at the dollar store or crafts store

5. Keep an eye on craft store sales

Even if you’re not an avid DIY-er, don’t skip a trip to the crafts store. Crafts stores nowadays have lots of unique, ready-to-use decorations that often go on sale. If you want to branch out from the same items you see at big box stores every year, the crafts store is a great alternative.

6. Create homemade mantle arrangements and centerpieces 

Get crafty by putting together your own mantle arrangement or table centerpiece for the holidays. Making your own arrangements is easy if you use simple supplies like vases, pinecones, candles, mini wreaths, and more — the possibilities are endless! For some centerpiece inspiration, check out our Pinterest board here.

7. Get creative with DIY crafts 

If you want to give your home a bit of personalized character, get creative with DIY decorations. You can even set up a crafting station and dedicate a quiet afternoon to making some homemade decorations with your kids. Check out our post, Easy and Affordable Holiday Crafts for Kids for four fun ideas.

8. Shop for next year

Planning ahead is the best thing you can do to save money, and this applies to holiday shopping too. Take advantage of clearance sales in late December or January to get next year’s decorations for cheap. There are lots of classic decor pieces that never go out of style, so don’t miss your chance to buy them on sale. The future you will thank you!

If you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit, don’t forget to visit the Flipp app to start finding the best deals on decorations.

Happy holidays!

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