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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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I know for many of you things are really tight this Christmas. Recently I heard a mom sharing that even getting a tree was an expense they couldn’t handle this year. In spite of all the difficulties I know many of you are still awesome at taking little things and making a household full of decorations and cheer around the holidays.

Home decorating is not my strong suit, but we have found many ways to make our house feel festive for little to no money. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Take a piece of yarn and tie each end to each side of a curtain rod or nail it to a hidden place above your cabinets. Leave a little slack on the yarn, and then put each Christmas card you receive on the string. Within weeks you will be surrounded by beautiful pictures but also by reminded constantly of the other families thinking of you this year.
  • Make your own Christmas ornaments! Our Christmas tree is probably 80% decorated with homemade crafts made by my girls. For some great cute ideas check out books from the library, we even found some with ideas using recycling items! The pictures above are two that we’ve made. The sand dollar is one of may favorites, we found it on the beach and my husband drew the palm tree on it.
  • Head to local Christmas tree farms and ask if they have any tree trimmings available. Many have a bin that they chunk small branches in and you can take any you like (always ask first). Use these around your house to dress up candles or table centerpieces for FREE!

Now I’d love to know, how do you spread real cheer with your holiday decorating? Please reply below and unwrap coupons and deals from Sears by seeking inspiration in the Cheer Tree. For all your holiday decorating needs and solutions, don’t forget to visit Sears and discover real deals, real cheer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sears. The opinions and text are all mine.

    • Chi

      Don’t forget thrift stores–I’ve found tons of “like new” gorgeous decorations for pennies on the dollar at some of our local thrift stores.  It’s one of my favorite places to find Christmas decorations, seasonal frames, etc.  

    • Megmitchell05

      We make a lot of our decorations ever since we bought our house 5 years ago. I have to admit, I “redecorate” for each season or holiday but it is fairly easy. I use glass bottles from sauces and such that I soak and clean then fill with colored glass from dollar store, then I have flowers of every color, again from dollar store, and then just change flowers out as the season or holiday changes. Across my dining room I put twine across the wall and then use wooden clothes hangers to hang things the kids have made for each holiday and such from school or that we made at home. Right now our walls are decorated with various sized paper snowflakes in a variety of colors that the kids cut out last weekend. This year our ornament of choice we have been making are beaded candy canes. Cut a pipe cleaner (any color) in half. Use kids jewelry beads to fill in, leaving a little at each end, we have found a variety of beads that fit on the pipe cleaner so you would be surprised. Tie off ends so beads don’t fall off and then curve one end to make it look like a candy cane and hang on tree. My kids have loved the color combinations they have come up with and my younger daughter has been making a few each night to give as gifts to family and teachers.

    • Mommyof3

      A great way to save money is to wrap with other items besides wrapping paper and bags.  Thing different and outside the box!  I have wrapped a present with a Tree skirt purchased at 50% off from the Dollar Tree last year.  I’ve used old clothes cut up, plastic tablecloth…the $1 ones people only use once..wipe them and down and GREAT wrapping paper!  Use your imagination!!