Saving Money During Halloween

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Summer is over and now Halloween will be here in just a couple of weeks. I can’t believe it!

Halloween is one of those holidays that can EASILY cost you a lot. Have you seen the price tags of costumes lately? They are crazy expensive! I am shocked. Candy easily goes up in price because a Halloween wrapper replaces the normal one. And don’t get me started on cheaply made plastic decorations.

Halloween can be expensive, but it can also be cheap!

Here are some ways to save on Halloween.

1. Stay away from Halloween stores. Where we live these stores go up in old warehouses or other abandoned buildings. This is probably the place that makes the most sense for you to go to, but this is the most expensive, I assure you. All of the costumes are the most expensive as well as their decorations. However, they get cheaper as you get closer to Halloween. Last year, I needed a last minute thing for my son’s costume so I was able to go in like minutes before they were closing for Halloween night and got the item for 75% off. They were almost sold out of everything, but I got my item cheap. Just stay away from there in the beginning and for your major products.

2. Buy bulk candy or use coupons. Buying bulk is a great way to save money on candy. Costco and Sams has huge bags of it and it’s pretty reasonable. There are also tons of options to use coupons for candy. Just keep checking your Sunday paper coupon inserts. Also, it’s better for you to hand out candy than to allow people to grab it from a bowl on your porch. Kids will dump the whole bowl in there if you aren’t around.

3. Get your costumes at TJ Maxx, Marshals and Ross. This was something I discovered last year. These places have CHEAP costumes and they are great! They have a great variety and a ton of sizes.

4. Buy your costume used. Most costumes are worn once so buying used is a very good idea. Second hand stores generally bring out costumes this time of year. One of our local kids second hand stores would have tons of brand new ones for 1/4th of what they cost in the store.

5. Shop after Halloween. This is the golden rule for holiday shopping. Everything goes on clearance the next day at all stores. Other than candy, you can save everything else for next year. Those decorations that were priced way above what they are worth are finally priced correctly, so buy it up! Yes, you have to wait a year, but you’ll have it for next year at a fraction of the cost that most are paying for it.

How are you saving for Halloween?

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