Every holiday season the nation collectively spends billions of dollars on preparing for the holiday season. One of the biggest expenses is house decorating, especially when it comes to putting up Christmas trees. It’s not uncommon for people to blow through an entire holiday budget getting their tree ready if they’re not careful. Here are some ways to save money on your holiday decor this year.

Keep it simple

There’s absolutely no need to go super extravagant with your holiday decor. Remember, it’s about gathering with loved ones, not showing off how much money you can spend on pricey garlands, wreaths, trees, and the like. Some of the most stunning holiday decor is that which is elegant, tasteful, and uncomplicated. You don’t have to spend much to have a house that looks inviting and beautiful.

Pick a theme and stick to it

If you’re determined to spend a bit on decorating your house, pick a theme or color palette before you start shopping to keep yourself in line. Fail to do this, and you may fall victim to wanting everything in sight at the stores — it can get tempting! There are so many colors and types of seasonal decor that it can get hard to choose, so browse online at sites like Pinterest to solidify where you want to go with your decorations. Make a list of the colors and types of decorations you want, and go to the store determined to stick to your plan.

Make your own ornaments and decorations

There’s nothing wrong with going the DIY route, and it’s the best way to decorate your home if you want decor that’s unique but not extremely expensive. Ribbon, burlap, and do it yourself wreaths are easy options, but you can also find great DIY ornament kits in stores during the holidays. Printable ornaments are another option, as are origami crafts and painted clay and wooden decor.

Shop online or at discount and dollar stores

Online bargains can be incredible during the Christmas season, and you can find tons of ornaments and decorations at a great price. Dollar and discount stores are also invaluable for those who want a nice holiday look without spending much, and you can even find inexpensive types of Christmas trees at some store locations or online.

Pick a cheaper tree

It’s not uncommon for some people to spend more on their Christmas trees than they do on all the rest of their holiday decor combined. To avoid getting into this trap, set a budget for your tree and go with the less expensive types of Christmas trees — there are plenty available both in store and online, and you’re bound to find something that you like. Even if your budget is very modest, there are still trees out there that won’t break the bank and will meet your needs. One tip when you’re working with these types of Christmas trees is not to go overboard with the ornaments. A few well placed ones will look beautiful, while too many on a cheaper tree will look cluttered.