Decorating For The Holidays Doesn't Have To Break The Bank

Created: 12/03/2012 6:12 PM KSTP.com By: Ellen McNamara

Many of us will decorate our homes this holiday season, but making your home bright with Christmas cheer does not have to break the bank.

Angie's List has some ideas on how to keep your budget in check.

Many homeowners would love to have the brightest house on the block, but worry about a big bill.

To help give your house holiday curb appeal, Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, says try using old ornaments.

"If you pick up old ornaments that you don't use anymore, use them outside," Hicks said.

Hicks also says an ornament swap with friends can help you save.

"What is old to you, is new to someone else," Hicks said.

Once the outside of your home is complete, decorator Karen Mercer says focus on places that people gather inside your home.

"A centerpiece on a table would be an area or an entryway," Mercer said.

Mercer suggests shopping at a consignment or dollar store and using pine cones from the outdoors to save money.

Hicks says a lot of homeowners do like to hire a company to put up lights, however she says make sure the company has insurance.