Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Economics 101 - Getting A Roi On Your Christmas Tree

During tough economic times like these, we are all forced to ask ourselves, “Am I getting the most out of what I am spending?” And when it come to the holidays – the single greatest shopping time of the year – it becomes increasingly important. A good place to start auditing your spending is with the very centerpiece of your holiday celebration - the Christmas tree. It pays to look at the options and compare the costs of real vs. artificial. So, let’s break it down.

Add One Christmas Tree

Or maybe…two, three, four…because with a natural Christmas tree you have to buy a new tree each year. Depending on where you live, a natural full size tree can range from $50 to well over $200. Sure, the same sized high-quality artificial Christmas tree can cost anywhere from $150 to $500+ but remember artificial trees last for 10 years or more. That can add up to a big savings in just a few years, making artificial Christmas trees
a practical and financially sound choice.

How much can you save? A lot. Let’s do a little paper napkin arithmetic here. The life of a natural Christmas tree is about 30 days. With an average price for a high quality natural tree going for about $75 to $150 that’s a $750-$1500 expense over just 10 years. Added to that is the money spent on gas driving to and from the tree lot year after year, Christmas tree stands, disposal fees some cities charge, as well as the investment of your time caring for a natural tree throughout the holiday season each year.

Compare that expense to the cost of a high quality artificial Christmas tree
averaging $200. This artificial tree will last at least 10 years. That’s a savings of $500-$1300! Now imagine, like many people, you keep your cherished artificial Christmas tree for 20 years or more – the savings keep on rising! What’s more you’ll save on the expenses of Christmas tree stands since artificial trees come with the stand included as well as saving on gas – especially if you buy your tree online with free shipping.

What’s more, you are sure to appreciate the time and effort you will save around the busy holiday season. Imagine not having to run around year after year trying to find the perfect Christmas tree. Not having to water and vacuum up dead needles and not having to worry about having to dispose of your tree. Your artificial Christmas tree will be waiting for you in storage, requiring little effort or time to set up and take down.

Plus Lights

Plus lots of lights that is - for a natural Christmas tree. Who doesn’t have piles of tangled Christmas lights in the attic? You have to buy new Christmas lights year after year. Either you’re not sure how many strands actually work or you decide this year you are going to switch from colored to clear lights, for whatever reason you seem to spend on lights each year. That expense adds up!

Since many artificial Christmas trees can be purchased pre-lit you save on the expense of lighting your tree and the hassle of stringing your own lights. Imagine setting up your tree and just plugging it in, no untangling and stringing lights required - now that’s priceless!

High quality artificial Christmas trees also come with far superior lights to the average store bought versions and most come with light warranties which protect your investment for years to come. What’s more, some high-quality pre-lit Christmas trees even come with both color and clear lights, allowing you to choose between them with a touch of a remote control!

These days you can even buy an artificial LED Christmas tree pre-lit with LED lights. These lights are far more expensive than the ordinary incandescent lights. However if you take a broader view of the consumption, LED lights will last up to 50,000 hours or more and use less electricity so you also save on your utility bill.


An artificial Christmas tree equals a substantial savings. Not only will you save cold hard cash but also you’ll also save a lot of time and hassle which is priceless around the busy holiday season. Now that’s a wise investment!