Thanksgiving may look different this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the holiday spirit at home. This Thanksgiving, make your home look festive without spending a ton of money. The good news is decorating for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be expensive. And, with likely less people at your Thanksgiving this year, you can put the money you would have spent on food towards reusable Thanksgiving decorations. There are likely great deals on retail in general due to lower demand which makes 2020 a great time to buy Thanksgiving decorations. Here are 8 tips to save money decorating your home for Thanksgiving.
Buy Quality Cheap Thanksgiving Decorations That Can Be Reused
To spend the least amount of money in the long term on Thanksgiving decorations, buy reusable Thanksgiving decorations. Quality cheap Thanksgiving decorations can be found with discounts and after Thanksgiving sales. Some autumn themed decorations may even go on sale after Halloween like pumpkins. While these decorations may be more expensive at first, you won’t have to continue buying decorations year after year, ultimately saving money. This includes Thanksgiving tableware, [fake] candles, wood centerpieces, and more.
The best way to score deals on quality cheap Thanksgiving decorations is to find what you want to buy first. You can look at sites like Pottery Barn that have a page dedicated to Thanksgiving decorations. Then create a list and watch for the items you picked to go on sale. Some retailers like Nordstrom even send you emails when you put items in your wish list and they go on sale.
Make Your Own Thanksgiving Decorations
Are you crafty? The best way to buy cheap Thanksgiving decor is to DIY Thanksgiving decorations! You can make your own Thanksgiving indoor decorations and Thanksgiving outdoor decorations. There is some decor you can find for free like pinecones and pine branches outside. You can also spend a little money on craft materials from a local craft store. Look out for coupons at local craft stores to buy your supplies and save even more.
Look for inspiration for DIY Thanksgiving decorations on Pinterest such as this DIY wood centerpiece that can be refilled, and ideas for cheap Thanksgiving decor by searching cheap Thanksgiving table settings.
Pumpkins and gourds will cost a few dollars each. If you prefer the real thing to fake ones, grow your own to save money. Then, save the seeds so you can plant them again next year. You can also save money on candles by buying theme candle holders so that the replacement white candles are cheaper.
Borrow Thanksgiving Decorations
Usually, people decorate for Thanksgiving when they are hosting Thanksgiving. If you’re hosting, ask your friends that aren’t hosting if you can borrow decorations or needed kitchen items.
Accept Thanksgiving Decorations and Household Items from Family Members and Friends
Understandably not everyone has the option to get used items from family. But, over time things tend to accumulate especially if you have family that has lived in the same place for decades. Help them declutter by taking Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen items off of their hands. Perhaps they have held onto items that are sentimental but they don’t use. They’d prefer to keep something in the family instead of donating it.
Are any of your friends moving? Or, are you living with roommates now and is there anything your roommates are trying to get rid of? Any time someone moves there are always items – big or small – that they won’t want in their new place. It works out for both of you if you can take something off your friends hands they don’t want anymore.
Ask for Thanksgiving Decorations on Your Wedding Registry
Today, 66% of married couples have lived together before they walked down the aisle according to the NCBI. If you already have the basic items, ask for Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen items needed to host Thanksgiving. There are so many items you need when you host Thanksgiving, and it adds up quickly.
Not sure what kitchen items you need to host Thanksgiving? Here is a starter list:
- Turkey Roaster
- Kitchen aid
- Fall themed plates and bowls
- Extra table settings
- Pie tins
- Extra serving bowls
- Extra utensils
- Table linens
- Potato masher
- Baster set
- Cooking thermometer
- Turkey lifters
- Apple peeler
- Drying mat
- Measuring cups
- Mixing bowl
- Flavor injector
- Cooking twine
- Gravy strainer
- Gravy boat
Buy Thanksgiving Decorations and Kitchen Items at Estate Sales
Estate sales are great for finding great deals on holiday decorations including kitchen items and cheap Thanksgiving decorations. An estate sale usually happens when there is a death and the family is trying to sell almost everything in the house before putting the house on the market. Estate sales are a great place to find complete sets of Thanksgiving table decorations since the family is trying to clear out the entire house. Considering most Thanksgiving decorations are decorating the dining room table, you’ll likely find many of these items at an estate sale. It’s also a great opportunity to find high end household items like Waterford crystal.
To find local estate sales, enter the town + estate sale into Google. If you live in a city, you may have more success looking at close suburbs. This is also a great time to buy furniture or other household items you still need for your home.
Use Coupons When You Buy Thanksgiving Decorations
When you do want to purchase new items prior to the Thanksgiving look for coupons and deals. The deals won’t be as good as after the holidays but you can still find 10% or 20% off the store coupons that you can apply to Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen items. Bed, Bath and Beyond always has 20% off coupons. For higher end decorations Bloomingdales Home has Friend & Family sales (it’s free to become a loyalist).
2020 is the perfect year to take advantage of these coupons and sales. With Amazon delaying their annual Prime day sales until Oct, retailers like Target and Walmart followed with great deals. While these days have since passed, retailers appear to continue the specials they normally don’t offer until Black Friday in an effort to easy crowding during normal busy shopping periods. Also, with fewer people at your Thanksgiving dinner, you won’t need as many items until next year when you can have a full Thanksgiving dinner. Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel already seem to be starting their autumn decoration sales early this year, even though the holidays haven’t yet happened.
Buy Thanksgiving Decorations After Thanksgiving Has Passed
If you want new decorations or a particular decoration buy it after Thanksgiving. Stores want to clear their inventory quickly to make more room for Christmas. And, there are a ton of deals on Black Friday, especially on kitchen items. While the selection may dwindle quickly as the sales get better it’s an excellent way to save money. Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and Macy’s are a few stores where you’ll find Thanksgiving decorations on clearance after the holiday.
Budget Your Money Wisely
It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holidays and spend way more money than you had planned. This is only the start of the season too, so you definitely don’t want to start out on the wrong foot! Create a budget for how much you want to spend and stick to it. Personally, I created a household items and repairs budget and included any holiday decorations and cookware that was required in that part of that budget line.
Saving money on Thanksgiving decorations is only one way to save money during the holiday season. Here are ways to save money hosting Thanksgiving.