Happy October everybody! October is my favorite month of the whole year. I’m pretty sure I covered all the reasons why I love fall in this post and October is the pinnacle of fall! I’m super excited to start prepping for Halloween, so I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks to help save you money:
Creepy costumes on the cheap
1. Host a costume swap. Swap costumes with your friends and family. Chances are your children will be happy to dress as whatever their older cousins were in Halloweens past. Get your whole neighborhood in on the fun, to get a wide variety of sizes and styles.
2. Check Craigslist. If you don’t find anything your kiddos love at your costume swap, check out Craigslist or Ebay. You’ll be able to find some great lightly used costumes for practically pennies!
Devilish decorations done right
3. Make your own decorations. Decorations provide a great chance for you to save money and get creative by making your own. You can make your own decorations for Halloween easily – the point is for them to be a little slapdash and haphazard. DIY ideas range from the obvious jack-o’-lanterns to super creative spooky centerpieces or wreaths. Check out this post for inspiration. I’ll be posting more DIY decorations throughout the month, so stay tuned.
Scary secrets to sugary success
4. Buy in bulk. The best way to save money on candy is to buy it in bulk at a discount store. And don’t forget to see if you can find coupons. I know I don’t like coupons, but Halloween provides a perfect opportunity to start clipping (you have to buy the candy anyway, why not use a coupon?).
5. Buy generic. You can also save by buying generic candy instead of those pricier name brands. Kids probably won’t even notice (it is candy, after all) and will eat and enjoy it just the same as the pricier brands.
Frightfully fun and frugal festivities
6. Start early. The best time to shop for Halloween merchandise is right after Halloween is over this year. Stock up on decorations and costumes and profit with a whopping 75% off discount.
7. Pick a pumpkin, just not at the patch. I love taking the family to pick pumpkins at the local pumpkin patch. But these pumpkins can get pricy (they weigh them by the pound) so my advice is to stick to small pumpkins when pumpkin picking. You can get big pumpkins to carve into jack-o-lanterns at the grocery store for at least 50% less.
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