A December 2012 Nielsen Survey from the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) found the average cost of an artificial tree to be $80, while the average cost of a live Christmas tree to be $45. However, many tree varieties can edge up to over $100, depending on the size and species. Comparing these price points, using an artificial tree for even just two years would provide savings of at least $10 over buying a real Christmas tree every year.
In an exclusive interview with Michael Bondi, professor of forestry and regional administrator with Oregon State University Extension Services, GoBankingRates.com asked for his expert advice on how shoppers can get a deal on a live Christmas tree and keep more money in their savings accounts.
“Trees that grow faster are less expensive because they can be brought to market faster,” Bondi said. “Shoppers looking for a cheaper Christmas tree should ask to see species like Balsam and Douglas first.”
Shopping around is one of the best ways to find a good deal, and it can also help shoppers find a tree that is fresh, healthy, and the size and look they desire. Local garden centers offer the freshest stock of live Christmas trees, and local nonprofits often sell cheap Christmas trees for a good cause. “The money you spend on a Christmas tree is an investment in the economy and the environment,”
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