Thursday, October 28, 2010

Money Saving Ideas for Halloween

Frugal and Fabulous ways to save money on Halloween costumes:

  • Don’t pay full price!
  • Swap or borrow from friends and family
  • Check out Craigslist, EBay or your local thrift store!
  • Sew/make your own!
  • Go through the closets: An old prom/special occasion dress can be transformed into many different things with makeup and accessories! (Beauty Queen, Movie star, etc) Also try old uniforms!
  • Take a chance and wait until the last minute (usually a week, or a few days before Halloween) – My husband and I did this a few years ago and we scored two costumes for less than $8 each at Wal-Mart!
  • Buy extra costume(s) at the end of each season and put them away for next year!

A few more easy costume ideas:

  • · Cowgirl/guy (denim, cowboy hat, hobby horse)
  • · Celebrities are pretty easy to impersonate!
  • · Think decades: 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s! (Check thrift stores!)

Ways to save money on candy:

  • Compare store flyers to see who has the best prices
  • Pay attention to the unit price & the actual amount in the bag
  • Check your local newspaper for coupons (last year I had 7 bags of Butterfingers because I was getting them for about $1.00 a bag after coupons!)
  • Consider something other than chocolate: try lollipops, gum or even fruit snacks!
  • Scope out bulk stores like BJ’s and Sam’s Club (just check the unit price)
  • Don’t overbuy- buy what you’ll need and shut the lights off if you run out.

Ways to save on decorations:

  • Check out your local dollar/discount store – you might be surprised at what they offer!
  • Visit a local farm to buy pumpkins, corn stalks etc – not only will the prices be good/better than stores, you’re supporting local business!
  • Pull out the crayons, scissors, construction paper & glitter and make your own!
  • When items are marked down close to or after Halloween, buy a few pieces to put away for next year!
Are you dressing up this year? Do you have a costume yet? LMK!

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