Halloween is fast approaching and for a lot of people the holiday can be quite costly. Whether it’s spending tons of money on candy or costumes, or parties, the spookiest holiday of the year can be a horror on your bank account.
But there are some ways you can save some money on your Halloween, which won’t leave you screaming at the ATM. Here are a few tips:
- Buy in bulk – Anyone who’s gone to the store to buy candy knows it ain’t cheap on Halloween, but since you’re probably going to need a lot of it, head to your wholesale store, like Costco or BJs, and buy in bulk. Just make sure the candy you buy is individually wrapped because no parent is going to let their kids take the candy if it’s not.
- Make your own costume – Sure, you won’t be saving on time, but being creative and making your own costumes can save you money. Plus, you can get your kids involved which can make it more fun.
- Make/Recycle decorations – It’s easy to make Halloween decorations out of inexpensive craft materials you already have in the house, like leftover fabric, or old construction paper. Or, you can buy Halloween decorations that are re-usable year after year so they’ll be an investment.
- Use thrift/dollar stores – Why shell out the big bucks for costumes when great things can be found at thrift shops for chea? Plus dollar stores are also known for great bargains, especially when it comes to decorations.
- Pool your resources - Try sharing decorations or costume pieces with a group of friends, so you they can be used more than once but you won’t necessarily look like you’re doing the same thing every year.
- Bring-your-own parties – Throwing a Halloween party can add up cost wise, but if you ask guests to bring something with them it will definitely cut down on your expenses. Plus you can have some fun and give them all a Halloween-related theme and see what they come up with.
- Take advantage of post-Halloween discounts – Once Halloween is over, leftover decorations and costumes can be very cheap so why not shop after the holiday for next year. Of course you can pick up Halloween candy at a discount too, but it probably won’t be good for next year. And let’s face it, it won’t last until then anyway.
Source: The Week