Christmas/getting thrifty with it, decorating your home on a budget


It’s that time of the year where decorating your home feels magical and festive. It’s a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate the holiday season. And Christmas reminds us to slow down and appreciate the important things in life.

But one thing Christmas shouldn’t do is add more anxiety to an already busy time of the year, and with so many families already enduring enough challenges and struggles through 2021, going “all-out” and decorating homes to look like a Sears catalogue is just out of reach for so many people. 

With some crafty out of the box thinking and options to make your home feel special this Christmas, here’s some options to bring your home to life.


Shopping local may feel like the expensive route, but with so many local businesses facing their own challenges as well as many new pop-up businesses on social media, it’s easy to be tempted to go to the big-box stores but you may very well be surprised at the discounts to be made buying locally made Christmas decorations and gifts. Everything from tree ornaments to table-toppers, if you can buy items made locally with quality materials you’ll also save money in the long run.


Perhaps you’re thinking about decorating your home on a budget and need a place to get pre-appreciated Christmas decorations. Look no further – Lethbridge has a couple of thrift stores in town that will have your home looking like a million bucks!

The Winter Wonderland Christmas Store is located at 2932 26th Avenue S. (former Sobeys Liquor Store). The store has all manner of Christmas-related items on hand for purchase including a forest of Christmas trees. You can also check out Mission Thrift Store near Costco. 


Permanent Christmas Lights (or Holiday Lights) are all the jazz right now! And if you see these pop up in your neighborhood, chances are that you’re looking at lights installed by Platinum Lighting in Lethbridge. 

Some of the benefits of permanent holiday lights:

  • Low energy consumption – MUCH more efficient than normal Christmas lights
  • Waterproof – so you’ll have no maintenance issues with water or snow
  • No need to hang up or take down – saving you time AND money!
  • You can change the color/pattern right from your phone (This is our favourite part)
  • AND – Celebrate holidays year round, not just Christmas (the options are endless!)

Call Platinum and see if Dave will give you our Mate’s Rates.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday season with your loved ones. We thank you all for a great year and look forward to working with you in 2022.

And if you’re looking for some more tips, check out November’s blog on winterizing your home.


Jose & Lisa