Before you go getting all riled up, pump the breaks. We're not saying you should go full-on Charlie Brown Christmas tree and leave all frills behind. What we are saying is that whether you're getting a fresh tree or an artificial one, some of the prices are gouge-worthy.
If you prefer a fake tree, find yourself a good, reliable one and refrain from giving in to an upgrade every other year because some new TikTok trend convinces you you need a twinkling tree controlled by a remote. Real trees, on the other hand, are an annual expense. Your best bet if you don't have a private property to source your Spruce from is to find a trustworthy tree lot to keep coming back to, and learn the difference between reasonable price tags and outrageous ones to avoid.