The holidays on a budget
Where to find cheap trees, party clothes, booze and more.
Real trees for a real discount
First: Accept that if you want a real tree, you can’t afford a six-footer. These three-foot options will do just fine (fewer needles!).
Christmas Trees Chicago
3458 N Clark St (877-929-2783) Cheapest tree: $27
BA Florist & Nursery
1000 W Randolph St (312-421-6326) Cheapest tree: $25
Chicago Christmas Tree Lots
2407 N Elston Ave (715-851-0880) Cheapest tree: $20
The case for a fake tree
Yes, there’s nothing like the smell of fir, but here’s the thing about those real trees: They don’t last (except for the prickly pine needles scattered all over your living room carpet). And while, yes, a seven-foot prelit holiday faux fir from Target costs a pretty penny ($120 and up), you can nab a sturdy six-foot faker from your nearest Family Dollar for a doable $25.