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Affordable Christmas Tree
updated: Dec 05, 2012, 9:36 AM

I would love to buy a Christmas tree for my family this year, but we are on a tight budget. Who has the best prices for great trees around town?

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 COMMENT 350446P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 09:42 AM

Home Depot - not particularly romantic to shop for a tree there, but the prices are very good and we've had good luck with freshness.


 COMMENT 350447 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 09:43 AM

You can always wait until about the last two weeks before Christmas. Thats when places start to get rid of their unsold trees and put them outside. They're up for grabs after that. I've done that two yrs in a row. Best place is in Ventura.


 COMMENT 350448 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 09:43 AM

I heard Costco has trees this year and they sound pretty reasonably priced.


 COMMENT 350458 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:00 AM

An 8 ft at Home Depot is $55 min at Costco $45


 COMMENT 350459 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:02 AM

Costco. Noble Fir. 7-8 feet. $45. Cant beat that!


 COMMENT 350462 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:07 AM

Costco has beautiful trees for $45. While you are checking out, tell them that you want to purchase a Christmas tree. They will hand you a ticket, which you take to a truck in the parking lot. Hand them the ticket, and they will bring out your tree and load it for you. We did this two years ago, and were a little skeptical about not being able to pick our own trees. However, it didn't matter - my group bought two trees, and they were both the most beautiful trees we have ever had. You can't get an 8' tree at that price anywhere else in the area.


 COMMENT 350464 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:11 AM

Skip the tree. No point in promoting an outdated tradition in times of economic crisis. Use the extra money to buy your kids better gifts, like stuff that is made in this country.


 COMMENT 350466 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:14 AM

Any suggestions on durable artificial trees? My cats will eat the real thing :)


 COMMENT 350469 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:14 AM

trees are made in this country - buy two. Support local west coast economy.


 COMMENT 350474 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:24 AM

Agreed. This is why Food Stamps are such an excellent idea for keeping Americans employed--food and agricultural products like xmas trees are about the only things still made in America.


 COMMENT 350475 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:27 AM

There's a Living Social Deal at Anthony's right now. You can purchase a voucher from LS for $15 then get $30 worth of credit to spend at Anthony's.

I'm not a "Community Member" so am not able to post the link here. However, if you go to Living Social on the web, sign up then choose Santa Barbara, I'm sure you can search for it.


 COMMENT 350487 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 10:51 AM

We have always gotten ours at Home Depot, best price by far. Just got a 6-7 ft Noble Fir for $40. At Lane Farms or any other little place like that we'd be spending 2-3 times that.


 COMMENT 350508P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 11:26 AM

Home Depot has Douglas Fir for $19.95. I think that is for 5-6 ft., but don't quote me on that. It was probably $29.95 for 7-8 ft. And there are smaller trees if you don't have the space.

While the Costco tree sounds beautiful, those of us looking for "economical" cannot afford a Nobel Fir. Douglas Fir will have to do...


 COMMENT 350524 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 11:53 AM

Why don't you talk to the lady who is getting Disney tickets for that hard working family of 7? Maybe she will create an Indiegogo donation page for you.


 COMMENT 350556 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 01:09 PM

@524, that Disney question must have really rubbed you the wrong way.

I always get live trees and plant them. One in my back yard is 20 ft tall now. I can remember when it was the last one at Target and growing crookedly. From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow.


 COMMENT 350596 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 03:11 PM

Why not just forgo the tree? Save a tree save your money and put up lights instead. Or get a small indoor plant and get creative with the decorating. In years to come your family will likely love the memories of that "one year" you didn't have a tree and did something different instead.


 COMMENT 350640 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 05:02 PM

We just bought our Christmas Tree from Lane Farms last night. It may not have been as cheap as home depot, but we paid $60.00 for a 6-7 ft Grand Fir. Grand Firs are usually the more reasonable type, and smell so good! Our kids (us too!) had fun running around looking at all the different trees trying to find the right one! We bought kettle corn and treats, and they gave us a couple of bundles of trimmed branches that we will make a wreath out of. May not be the cheapest, but its great for the memories!


 COMMENT 350683 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 06:45 PM

They are called Holiday trees now.


 COMMENT 350703P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-05 07:20 PM

$45?!?! That's a week's groceries! but if it was, you wouldn't be looking for a tree would you. When I got trees I looked for "Charlie Brown" trees. Well, not that bad. little 3-4 foot trees. much more affordable. But I wasn't entertaining or decorating for kids.
yeah, I'm money challenged, but internet access is important to me. It keeps me aware, entertained and in touch. It's my splurge.


 COMMENT 350761 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 06:55 AM

Bought a BEAUTIFUL tree at Costco!!! $45.00!


 TROLLEY TOM agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 07:19 AM

Home Depot 6' Douglas Fir - $25 absolutely beautiful. We elevate it on a sturdy plastic box for added height and also it leaves room on the floor for gifts. Cover the box with a beach towel or a blanket. Decorate it and SMILE. Ours is fresh and smells wonderful. Feed it a liter bottle of 7-up and it will last until way after Christmas. We need a small tree because we have a small house and we want room for friends and family to be in the DR,


 COMMENT 350775 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 07:29 AM

Buy a smaller live tree at Osh for less than $20. They are beautiful. Take care of it and use it for years, or plant it somewhere in need of a tree.


 COMMENT 350776 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 07:33 AM

Id that true sbout feeding the tree. Liter of 7up?????


 COMMENT 350851 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 09:44 AM

I hate to be a grinch, but planting conifers in Santa Barbara is BAD BAD BAD from a fire prevention standpoint, Those things become huge Roman candles in a wildfire. The more of them we have in the urban and suburban forest the worse it is for your firefighters. Also, make sure you take a fresh cut off the base of a non-living tree and keep it well watered and make sure you follow manufacturer's recs on how many strings of lights to use. Turn it off when you leave!


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 09:52 AM

I can remember when I had to struggle to get the $20 trees at the grocery store. After 45 years, after all the kids were raised I was sick of putting all the decorations away so eliminated trees.There are many creative ways to decorate w/o one. I make what I call a "focal point" to put presents around. For a few years it was a Jacobs Ladder (historical, here when no trees available in the mid 19th century), another my saddle w/pepper and cow lights. Or, a batch of driftwood long sticks from the beach put in a huge crock, with tiny white lights and a few red balls.


 COMMENT 350919 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-06 12:12 PM

LUV the idea from 596 I have also seen Artificial trees at thrift stores.


 COMMENT 351626P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-08 07:33 AM

I have an artificial tree which I purchased after Christmas which is a fiber optic tree. Got it for half price at a drug store having their honest clearance and have loved it over the years. Yes you can use it again and again.


 COMMENT 352044 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-09 08:55 PM

The original poster of this thread has probs already figured out where to get his/her tree. For those who are still looking for an affordable option (in addition to the deals found at Home Depot and Osh), Lane Farms is currently running their own "groupon-like" deal through SB Axxess. If you're a member (or know someone who is), you can log onto the website and claim a deal for $10 which will give you $20 to spend at Lane Farms. Probably only good for a couple more days. :)



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