10 Tips to Save on Halloween

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by on October 24, 2011

10 Tips to Save on Halloween

10 Tips to Save on Halloween

The leaves are starting to turn, the nights are getting cooler – and that can mean only one thing – Fall is here! Since Halloween is right around the corner, I know many of you are dreading the drain on your wallet with decorations, costumes, candy and more. But, there are a few things you can do so that you don’t overspend on this holiday and still enjoy your treats. Don’t be scared, check out these 10 tips to save on Halloween!

Save on Halloween

Costumes

1) Don’t Pay Full Price.  There are some really great deals out there right now – and it isn’t too late to find the perfect costume. Many stores have already started to mark costumes down, and it may take a little bit of searching, but you can find your costume for less with some patience.

Thrift and craft stores can also inspire your creative spirit, as well as offer great low cost accessories for your new costume.

2) Make Your Own.  Check closets, the garage, the linen closet, or your craft cupboard to make your own costume! Easy costume ideas include a cowboy, princess, pumpkin, rock star, dog, spider, firefighter, scarecrow, or pirate. Still not sure? Check out some of your local craft stores (like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s) for more inspiration!

3) Host an Exchange Party. Most costumes are only worn once or twice, so why not pass them on to others once you are done. Invite friends/family over and ask them to bring any used costumes (and accessories) that they don’t want. Everyone can walk away with something new and it doesn’t have to cost a penny!

Treats

4) Use Coupons! You probably aren’t surprised that I mentioned this tip, but also make sure that you are using them with a sale to maximize your savings. You can find coupons in the Sunday paper or print them anytime through coupons.com, smartsource, or redplum.

5) Buy in Bulk. Buy candy from a super-store, like Costco or Sam’s Club. If you are buying a lot of candy or want to split the cost with a friend, this may be a cheaper option.

6) Hand out the Candy Yourself. Instead of letting kids grab candy out of your bowl (and take half the bag!), hand out 1-2 pieces per child. This will cut down on the amount of candy that you need to supply, and really kids will get plenty of candy anyhow.

Decorations

7) Be Creative with Decorations. Whether you want a splash of holiday flair or a complete makeover, making your own decorations will help you save. Stretch cotton balls or yarn to create spider webs or stuff trash bags with leaves to create pumpkins. Making your own scarecrow(s) is just as easy with old clothes, newspaper, and a foam pumpkin (found at craft stores), so that it will last several years.

8 ) Check Discount Stores. The $.99 Store, Big Lots, etc, have many Halloween decorations for less and many are the same (or similar) to decorations you would find at department stores.

In General

9) Shop Online with FREE Shipping and Save Time & Money! Many retailers offer free shipping and/or coupon codes to help you save. Sometimes there is a minimum purchase amount, so just make sure you read the fine print. Amazon has a variety of costumes, candy, decorations and more and shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a $25 minimum purchase.

Tips: Check out Savings.com for a variety of retailers with coupon codes. And use Ebates for cash back on your purchases!

10) Shop on November 1. This tip will help you save for next Halloween. Most stores, like Target, Walmart, Michael’s, etc, discount Halloween merchandise by 60%-90%, so you can pick up costumes, decorations, and other holiday related items that will last for years to come.

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