Halloween can become an expensive night of fun, unless steps are taken to save time and money. A larger expense for Halloween can be the costume. It doesn’t have to be that way. With a little bit of planning and creativity, you can save money on a Halloween costume.
The one big tip to saving money on a Halloween costume is to plan early. Don’t put things off. Get creative and put together a plan and then get busy.
Save money on a Halloween costume by using things you already have. Look around your home for fabrics, props, makeup and then get creative. Think outside the box and have fun. You may get lucky and have everything you need at home but if you don’t, it’s not time to blow the budget. Make a list of what you think, you’ll need. Keep the list flexible incase something cheaper can be used.
Before spending any money, contact family and friends. Let them know what you’re looking for. You’ll be surprised what family and friends will give, borrow or trade you. When looking for a child’s Halloween costume, think of family members who may have used Halloween costumes.
If you plan far enough ahead, you may have time to search the internet for deals. Websites such as Ebay and Freecycle can be very useful and money saving.
Next, go a second hand store, garage sales or thrift shop. These places have all kinds of things. Keep in mind what you really need and then be flexible to what might work. Don’t forget that items can be altered, painted or changed with a little bit of time.
Lastly, look at sales ads. Sometimes there’s no way to avoid it, the item has to be bought new. Before paying full retail price look for sales. Don’t forget to use coupons, if possible. Also look for special hours for sales like a Family and Friends sale, the saving might be worth it.
Planning ahead for the next year is helpful and money saving. By shopping the after Halloween or any holiday sales, you can save 10% to 90% on the retail price. Each store has different mark down days and policies. Ask a sales clerk or other customers when things will mark down, usually the more patience you have, the more money you can save.