It is estimated that Americans will spend around $7.5 billion on Halloween related items this year with the average person spending just over $75 on decorations, candy and costumes. However, you dont actually have to go over budget buying the decorations, costumes and candy and still enjoy this special holiday!
Halloween has become an industry and expectations are seemingly quite high, but the truth is that many people spend very little and are still able to make this holiday a wonderful experience. In fact, you can save quite a bit of money when you go shopping if you just follow these simple tips.
Warehouse Club: If you belong to a warehouse club, you can purchase your candy in bulk and save a considerable amount of money. This way, youll have more than enough for all those who trick or treat. In fact, you can even purchase regular size candy bars and still save a large amount of cash on your purchase if you so desire. Also, remember to check online for useful coupons, which are easily available at such websites as Discountrue or Couponsharks.com.
Dollar Store: You might be amazed at what you can find in the arts & crafts section of your local dollar store and other discount places. They provide all the basics you need for decorations and all you have to do is put them together, which can save you a pretty penny. Plus, you can create trick or treat back and other decorations from repurposed items such as centerpieces, wreaths and other types of products.
Local Free Activities: Nearly every community hosts a local event during Halloween from schools to museums, and more. All you need to do is look in your local newspaper or go online to find the events that are near where you live. This way, you can take your kids to a place where they can mingle with others and enjoy their treats while saving you money.
Buy Pumpkins Late: It may seem counterintuitive, but the truth is that waiting the day before Halloween to buy a pumpkin can save you a considerable amount of money. This is because stores will be dumping a lot of Halloween-related items right before the holiday at very low prices. Since pumpkins are prone to rot a few days after being carved, you can have a fresh pumpkin all ready to go. Plus, any pumpkins you might purchase that do not get carved can be used for Thanksgiving decorations.
Surplus Stores: This type of store is perfect for those who are looking at getting lots of holiday merchandise at low prices, particularly if they are slightly damaged or not the popular type. From tablecloths to door hangings and more, you can find a wealth of decorations all for a very low price when you go to your local surplus store.
From making your own costumes to finding small embellishments at very low prices, you can save a considerable amount of money and still have a very festive Halloween. Remember, even the day before Halloween is the perfect time to find many bargains in the store, so dont worry if you think you are waiting until the last minute!