Today my tip is simple. Don't look, don't buy. What you don't know you're missing won't hurt you.
I love outdoor Christmas decorations. I get lots of pleasure looking at outdoor displays and have enjoyed having one of the most decorated homes in the neighborhood in years past.
Time has taken its toll on a number of our decorations, but our budget just isn't able to replace anything this year. Which also means that we're not able to add anything new.
So, I've been avoiding the outdoor decoration aisle when shopping this year. I know there are probably some new cute things that would look great in my yard . . . but I'm not going to miss what I don't know is there.
Our yard still is lit up. We have a few inflatables. It's probably the most subdued it has been since we moved in 7 years ago, but there are still lights. I comfort myself with the fact that there are still lights. And that I haven't spent money we can't afford to spend.
Maybe next year!