Oct 4, 2013

Save money this Halloween!

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Did you know that there are only 27 days left until Halloween? While some families are all ready for the spookiest day of the year, some are still struggling to get the last few items they need. But did you know that there are ways you can save a few extra bucks before the ghost and goblins show up?

COSTUMES

  • Making your own costumes can save you a ton of money, especially if you have several children. Many costumes nowadays cost a bundle (upwards to almost $30 each). If your're at a loss as what costumes to make, head on over to Pinterest for inspiration.
  • Sometimes, places like Spirit Halloween will have coupons available. It might be too late to order a costume online now since there is about 3 weeks left, but many places are offering great coupon deals for costumes. Costume Express is another favorite among families. Now thru 10/06, you can get 15% OFF costumes and more with the code 1575COS.
TREATS
  • Many families nowadays are staying away from candy and sweet treats. If you are considering this, you can always use small toys or trinkets in lieu of the candy. Halloween-themed pencils/school supplies is a great way to get the children excited about homework on Oct. 31st.
  • If you are going to hand out candy, you can get bags of chocolate for only $1 at Dollar Tree. It isn't name-brand (i.e. Hershey's, M&Ms, etc.), but it is still delicious, nonetheless. You can also shop around at your favorite stores for sales that aren't advertised. If you find a good deal somewhere, feel free to let me know and I'll post it!
  • If you know 99% of your trick or treaters, you can make your own treats. For ideas, be sure to check out our Halloween Treats board on Pinterest!
DECORATIONS/PARTIES
  • We love decorating for Halloween because it just makes the holiday that much more special. If you are going to decorate, a great way to save money is make a lot of your own. There are tons of crafts, tutorials, and DIYs out there to keep you and your family busy for days. If made the correct way, those decorations could last you for years!
  • If you are wanting something specific, be sure to comparison shop. Walmart has a large glitter fiber optic pumpkin for only $5 where Target might have something similar for a higher price.
  • For those having parties, you can save money on food buy making a lot of the dishes yourself- rather than buying them. Make a list of what you want to serve and then make a list of ingredients you may need. You'll be surprised to find out that you probably have most of the ingredients already!
  • You can also ask guests to bring some of their own dishes to add to the menu. You can also make the party entirely pot-luck.
So what are ways your family celebrates Halloween?


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