For those still planning on buying a live Christmas tree, don’t fret: It is possible to find a great deal on a tree without settling for less or overpaying out of desperation. Here’s how to get the best deal on this traditional yuletide symbol:
Always compare prices at different lots before making a purchase. Don't get caught up in the urgency and sense of panic that is often associated with holiday shopping. Resist the temptation to buy the first tree. Take an hour during a couple of evenings to visit a few different tree lots and compare prices before making a purchase.
Apps, social media and daily deal sites
Use the same tools shoppers turn to for other bargain searches when seeking grocery deals, clothing sales and other specials: Tap in to area deals by using daily deal sites like Living Social and Groupon and apps such as Yowza and Google Shopper. Check Facebook for area tree lots and posts about special sales.
Wait for it
Good news for procrastinators! Trees are often sold at reduced prices in the final few days leading up to Christmas. Buying a tree at the last minute means a healthier tree, too. It won't spend as much time drying out inside a dry, warm house.
Cut your own
Make a lasting family memory by cutting your own Christmas tree. The U.S. Forest Service has a Christmas tree cutting program, and it is in place within communities throughout the country. Visit the USFS website to see a national map for Christmas tree cutting programs in each state and to get more information. Costs vary by region, but a permit to cut a tree from a nearby forest is typically around $10.