1. Add sparkle. Think outside the tree when stringing your lights this year. Lining a mirror can be a great way to add a little ambiance, or a string of lights around the fireplace can set the stage for cozy evenings.
2. Think Thrift. Don't spend a fortune on decor. Pinterest can be an amazing resource for ideas and thrift stores can help bring those ideas to life on a budget. I got a group of these Christmas trees at a thrift store last summer for a quarter each. Some quick spray paint and they make an awesome centerpiece. Same goes for old candlesticks, bottles or ornaments.