We’ve always had a real tree. I think it may be less time investment for us than an artificial tree. We drove to Lowe’s less than a mile away, got a thin Frasier Fir for a corner in our living room, just put it in the Ford Escape without any netting around it (it fit just fine), brought it in the house and put it in the stand. When we’re done with it, it just goes to the curb. Easy peasy.