It’s that time again – Halloween! Though I love this holiday to pieces, my wallet does not. Some analysts state that families – on average – spend more on Halloween than any other holiday. Not sure I agree with that completely – looking at you Christmas – but I will admit that Halloween does do a good amount of damage to my wallet. Let’s review a few common wallet killers and provide you some smart options.
1 – EBay is your friend. I have been purchasing costumes from Ebay since my first kid was a year old. Why go used? Most costumes on Ebay are used once and are in NEW condition. 2 years ago, I purchased a deluxe spiderman costume for only $5! Retail, the costume sold for $39.99. This year, I was able to purchase a Pikachu and Ash Ketchum costume for less than $15. Yes, you can find deals but shop early.
2 – Shop early. I love it when all those Spirit Stores and one-off Halloween shops open up but people never actually enter until days before the holiday. Beat the rush and shop early. Often, these stores will have a sales rack full of last year’s costumes. The find this year? Super Mario costumes – Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad. All costumes were $10 each. The same exact costumes retailed for $39.99-49.99 each. Shop early and save.
3 – Salvation Army and Goodwills are COSTUME GOLD! These overlooked gems always seem to offer up a great selection of gently used costumes for all sizes (mom and dad too). Again, shop early for the best selection.
4 – Have a little help from your friends. Costume swaps with friends are the best. A great way to get a great costume for nothing.
1 – Warehouse Clubs. Buy those large quantities of goodness at your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club. Not only will you save money but you have a large selection of items to choose from. Skip over the candy and look at healthier alternatives like pretzel bags or fruit chews.
2 – Candy Alternatives. Yes, candy can be fun but what about something different – and friendly to your wallet. Purchasing fun toys from places like Oriental Trading or Party City can be a great alternative to the mounds of chocolate or candy. Save even more money and purchase non-Halloween toys like super balls or puzzles. Kids love them and parents will thank you.
3 – Avoid the Halloween labeled candy and buy the regular stuff. For years, I have been buying bulk boxes of fruit chews from Costco without all the Halloween hoopla printed on it. It is often much cheaper and can be used beyond the holiday
1 – Put those little kiddos to work making unique and fun decorations for the house. This is fun for the whole family and the kids really take pride in creating a “spooky” haunted house. Pinterest is a great idea generator.
2 – Take advantage of those spooky holiday savings on November 1st and stock up on all things Halloween. Supplies are usually good and you can get some great deals. One year, I obsessed over these DVDs ($19.99 each) that reflect a floating head on any object you want. On November 1st, I bought the entire set of DVDs (five total) for $2 each! Shop late and get the best deals.
I hope you all have a fun, safe, and inexpensive Halloween