Friday, December 14, 2007

Sticking To My Budget

I've made it a goal to stick to my $14 or less decorating budget again this year. I'll admit it would be easier if it were $20! But it is fun though to try and do it for as little as possible. My ornaments from my previous post came to less than a dollar or free depending on how you look at it because I didn't buy anything. I had everything in my stash of craft items.

My hubby brought home a Poinsettia as a present. The only thing I have bought were a couple of red checked tablecloths for $3 and a green cross stitch pillow from the thrift store for .50. I'm using these items to decorate my porch. The arrangement on the table I already had. (I found that table on the curb btw. Gotta love it!) I made a wreath for the door from a couple of garlands and ornaments I had and added a velvet bow I bought for .20 on clearance last year. I think the results are festive and I have only spent $8.70. I still have $5 left for supplies for our traditional "Gingerbread" houses. I have spent so much money in the past for Holiday decorations. Most of them bit the dust years ago after 4 kids. It is such a good feeling to be able to make things look nice for pennies. If and when I do decide to spend money on decorations I won't feel like I've been wasteful.


Meredith said...

Carrie, I LOVE IT!

The red gingham is such a nice pair with the white wood swing--and the yellow siding and green rug are so cheery with it.

Remind me--how did you arrive at your $14 limit in the first place?

Carrie J said...

Thanks Meredith. I was asked at last minute to decorate a tree for charity last year and didn't have much money to work with. I did it for $14. Then I challenged myself to decorate my house for no more than that. I will try to link to it here. If it doesn't work look at the post Christmas Greetings, there is a link in that post.