Christmas Tree for Free

December 8, 2010|By David Lester

Happy holidays everyone! I can’t believe this year has only 23 days to go.

To help spread that holiday season in my place here in Hollywood I decided to get a tree. My family is coming to stay for the holiday and I wanted to have one for them and to make warm and snowless California feel more like home.

My place here has a garden and I thought why not get a live Christmas tree that I could plant in the garden when I was done with it? I wanted to get some plants and then I’d get to use the tree as my holiday tree for free.

I went shopping at a local garden shop and found the cutest little Charlie Brown Christmas tree and HAD to get it. It was leaning to one side all crammed in a corner. I think one of his little branches actually moved a bit to get my attention. He’ll be great for the backyard and perfect for my apartment.

To make him as Christmasy as possible I went to Target and the .99 cent store and decked him out for $10. He got tons of colorful mini-balls, some candy canes, silver beads and an angel for the top. His top branch is a bit wobbly so the angel had to be taped to the top but she is there and shining bright!

I actually got too many items for his little size and so I’m actually taking what I didn’t use back to use those dollars for something that I need. If I learned anything from business school it was proper inventory management. Money sitting in things that I’ll never use could be earning me interest in a high interest account and so I’ll take anything back that I don’t use and you guys should too.

In January I’ll look forward to digging a hole in a special spot in my garden and then watching him grow. Right now I’ve wrapped him in lights and he’s glowing and filling the air with that Chirstmas pine scent as I write this now! Win win for me and for the tree because he gets to re-locate to an awesome garden. I think he’s happy he got my attention back at the garden store. 🙂

Keep loving your money and it’ll treat you with your own Christmas tree that keeps on giving back!

Have a festive week,


David Lester
About David Lester

David Lester is a best selling author and professional Financial Coach, helping people be better with their money. David has written a personal finance book that breaks with traditional attitudes towards finance and describes his own philosophy to money that he has gained through his personal and professional experiences. His philosophy on money applies to many areas of everyday life, including banking, investing, goal setting, shopping and entertainment.