1. Consider LED Christmas Lights instead of traditional incandescent lights. LEDs are a better investment because although they cost a little more to buy, they save you lots of money on your power bills year after year. LEDs last longer and use up to 98% less energy than incandescents. That means you pay just 98% of the cost to power them and you don't have to replace them as soon. In fact, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently made this announcement to its residents: "Upgrade decorative or holiday lighting with ENERGY STAR qualified Light-Emitting Diode (LED) holiday lighting strands. LED holiday lighting strands last up to 11 holiday seasons, rarely burn out and will save you up to $100 per year on your energy bill!". That says it all.
2. Buy an Artificial Christmas Tree, don't spend money year after year on real trees. Real trees can cost up to $95 or more for the nice ones. While it's pleasant to smell them initially, its's not as nice when you have to water and dispose of them. It's even worse when they (God forbid) catch fire. But, you never have to take that risk with artificial trees. They don't need watering or disposing and they are fire resistant. Cost-wise you're talking about 2 to 3 times the cost of a real tree (depending on the quality), but they come with warranties that last for up to 10 years or more. In fact some families keep their artificial trees all throughout their children's childhood and long after they leave the house. You may remember that about your own family tree. So again, just a little bit more upfront will save you 7 times the cost or more compared with replacing real trees. No wonder artificial Christmas trees are the most popular option for families. It just makes more sense.
3. Shop online for Christmas Decorations. Online shopping is way more convenient. You don't fight traffic, waste gas, pay sales tax (in most cases) and can get items you won't find at your local stores. Our company, Christmas Lights Etc. (www.christmaslightsetc.com) is celebrating it's 9th Christmas online this year. We have a pretty good idea of what most folks are looking for and we've got an unparalleled selection of products to choose from. The best trees are available with FREE shipping (for Tree orders over $95) on top of other savings. All orders placed before 12:30 ET each day are shipped out the same day so you get them faster. It's hard to go wrong with more choice, no tax and FREE shipping.