O, Christmas Tree, thy leaves are so not cheap
It seems a bit strange to have spent about $100 on Christmas stuff when we haven't even finished putting up all our Halloween decor outside, but that's what I did. But it was all stuff on sale! I was tempted to spend more, but decided to wait for the next paycheck before I buy outdoor lights.
You see, this will be the first Christmas my roommate Amanda and I have at our bachelorette pad. And we have hardly anything to decorate the place! The holidays get me in a very jolly spending mood, so when I saw half-priced Disney tree ornaments at the Disney outlet store at Sawgrass Mills Mall... well I couldn't resist. We have no ornaments for our first tree, so you got to start somewhere. And since we both are obsessed about Disney, I knew Amanda would love them.
Plus I picked up a few items that will be Christmas presents for friends and family, so not all of the $100 went to decorations. I tend to collect presents as I come across them, so there's no last-minute hurry to get everyone's Christmas gift. And in this case, I found some nice deals.
But getting a tree is going to be a tricky situation next month. We're both renting... so do we get a real tree and split the cost? We both come from families that have a big fake tree, so we don't exactly feel like dealing with the hassles that come with a real tree. Do I really want to spend a lot of money on a fake tree when it's just me and a roommie? Or if I find a good deal, is going fake a smarter investment because I'm not throwing my money away?
I also have to keep in mind a sensible budget for outdoor lights. I'm a big Christmas lights nerd, so I can easily get carried away in the store. But maybe not this carried away... yet...