The recession may have placed restrictions on your wallet, but you should not have to sacrifice the enjoyment of holiday cheer. The following is a plan to spend less than $100 to decorate your front lawn in fine seasonal style.
Mastering the Holiday Front Lawn
Hang the wreath on the front door. Jingle Bells are an optional piece. They run from 50 cents to a dollar, depending on size.
Lights can add a festive atmosphere to your yard. Purchase a box of 500 lights for about $10 or less, and string them around your bushes.
Place lawn ornaments--reindeer, sleighs, and other seasonal decorations--as fillers anywhere you think needs a little cheer. These can typically be found at your local dollar store.
Mastering Your Indoor Tree
Be sure to include the indoor tree in your budget. According to economist Tracey McBride, spending between $50 to $60 on a tree is about average.
Be sure to fully inspect the tree before buying it. If pieces are wilting, do not assume water will save it once you bring it home.
Assess the situation. If you or a family member see something you love above your price range, there is no harm in trying to bargain down the price with the merchant.
Set up your tree in a place visible from your front lawn.