Although you can save money by buying an artificial Christmas tree an using it for several years, the initial lump sum of money spent on the tree can set you back quite a bit.
This is especially true if you are planning on buying a high quality, large Christmas tree that can cost you upwards of $500.
If you plan on buying a fake Christmas tree for your home this year, then I recommend that you wait until the right time so that you can save yourself some money.
The Best Time To Buy A Fake Christmas Tree – How To Save Money On A Christmas Tree
In very basic terms, the best time to buy a Christmas tree is when it is on sale and you can get it for a great price.
Some people prefer to put up their tree early in November, but you may just be able to save yourself quite a chunk of change if you wait until later into the holiday shopping season to buy the tree.
When Do Christmas Trees Go On Sale?
When it comes to Christmas trees on sale you aren’t going to find that great of deals until around Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) time.
In the past years I have seen awesome sales on trees for Black Friday and Cyber Monday at places like Target, Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowes. In fact, the week after Thanksgiving I was able to pick up a new Christmas tree for 50% the original price.
*Buy Your Christmas Tree During Black Friday Or Cyber Monday Sales
My advice is to wait until at least Black Friday sales before you buy a tree. Unless something changes this year, you’ll find the best deals on artificial Christmas trees starting at this point in the holiday shopping season.
If you don’t mind waiting longer to put up your tree you can sometimes even find better deals the closer you get to Christmas day.
In years past I have seen trees go on a huge discount starting around 2 weeks before Christmas. If this is too close to the holiday for you, then definitely start checking out sales flyers right around Black Friday.
*Get The Best Deal On Fake Trees At After Christmas Sales
If you truly want the best deal on a Christmas tree, wait until after the holidays to buy one for next year. Most stores wil drastically reduce the price of the trees starting a few days before Christmas or a few days after Christmas.
Now, this may not help you this holiday, but keep this in mind for the future as you can score fake Christmas trees for up to 75% off the original price after the holidays.
If you need a tree this year, you could always go with a real Christmas tree for this one year and then check out after Christmas sales for a fake one to last you through the next 5-7 years.
3 Tips For Buying An Artificial Christmas Tree
Make Sure The Tree Will Fit In Your Room
It can be tempting to want to go all out and buy a large Christmas tree, but if you don’t have enough space for the tree you’ll just be left with a tree you can’t use.
If you are short on space you may want to consider one of these top pencil artificial Christmas trees. These have a slim shape that allow you to place the tree in smaller areas but still have a full size tree up to the ceiling.
Of course you also aren’t going to want some little 3 feet tree in the middle of a grand living room. If you need some help on finding the right size tree for your home, check out my post on Buying The Right Size Christmas Tree.
Consider If You Want A Pre-Lit Or Unlit Christmas Tree
You have two main choices when it comes to lights on your Christmas tree. Do you want a pre-lit artificial tree were the lights are connected right to the tree branches or do you want a tree were you string the lights yourself?
There are of course pros and cons to each type of these trees.
Some people prefer pre-lit trees because they take less time to set up and its convenient to already have the lights on your tree every year.
On the other hand some people like the unlit trees because they can change the look of their tree with different lights or add more or less lights to their liking.
If you are going to buy a pre-lit Christmas tree also consider if you want white lights or multi-color lights.
It’s a good idea to have a plan on the perfect tree before you start shopping so you can narrow down your choices easily.
Look For a Tree That Is Safe
Make sure that any type of Christmas tree you buy is labeled as fire retardant. It should have the UL Listed tag that shows that it was tested and deemed safe when it comes to fire and electric shock.
Not only should you ensure that your tree is fire retardant, but it should also have a large, sturdy base that keeps the tree stable. You shouldn’t be able to simple just knock the tree over, espcially if you have pets or children.
Look for a wide, steel base for the tree that does a good job of stabilizing the entire tree.
Buying an artificial Christmas tree can be fun especially if you shop at the right time and are able to get your perfect tree for that perfect price.