The pressure to spend money during the holidays is intense, even when difficult economic conditions are swirling about. One way to minimize stress during the holidays and save a few dollars in the long run is to incorporate holiday-related decorations into your celebration that are reusable.
Indeed, financial experts are recommending that cost-conscious families consider buying goods that can be reused season after season. They may cost a bit extra initially, but the savings over time can be substantial.
First, consider the cost of live Christmas trees that continue to escalate in price. In some cases, live Christmas trees can easily cost more than $100, and that's money families are throwing out each year after the tree dries up and becomes trash or mulch. In fact, on average, real Christmas trees cost over three times that of artificial Christmas trees. For an analysis of the expense of real Christmas trees compared to the savings of an artificial Christmas tree, click here.
Next, artificial Christmas trees are often more uniform and attractive in appearance than live trees, allowing homeowners to decorate with style and class. With an artificial tree, there is no need to strap a large live tree across the top of the family automobile, water the tree each day and worry about it drying out before the holiday season passes. And we all know that watering a Christmas tree is a thankless task. First you have to remember to do it. Then you have to crawl under the tree and pray that you don't spill a gallon of water on your hardwood floor or soak your carpet.
Finally, artificial Christmas trees help prevent live trees from being chopped down each year, with as many as 10 trees annually remaining alive for every artificial Christmas tree purchased. Families can help the environment, save money in the long run and enjoy the holidays with a picturesque artificial tree in place of a live one.
Christmas Tree Options Could Save Holiday Cash
With costs rising, wages falling, and unprecedented economic uncertainty, consumers are forced to spend their money in much different ways. This holiday season the facts are clear--artificial Christmas trees save real money over the annual purchase of real Christmas trees....read more»