We were in two minds about whether to drive to IKEA for this year's pay £25 for a tree and get a £20 voucher for the store. However, having researched the prices of other real trees we have decided that it is worth it. We need a few, new pillows and other people are charging over £25 for smaller trees so Mr Shoestring is going to use his free day to go and get one today.
We put up the tree on Christmas Eve so he will make a cut in the trunk and store it outside in a bucket of water until we need it. If we leave it any longer to get one then they will all be gone. A bit of effort means that we get a Christmas tree for £5 and then can take our time choosing some pillows in the New Year.