October is a fun month full of Fall Festivals, pumpkin carving, costumes, and of course candy. So, how can we save on our candy and costume purchases? Here are a few tips to keep you from breaking the bank this month:
Watch the store sales. Candy sales will be in full swing all month long. Keep an eye out for buy one get one free deals at the local drug and grocery stores. Compare the ads to find the best deal.
Use Coupons. Keep an eye on the Sunday newspaper for great coupons on candy. You can also find printable coupons on sites like coupons.com and on the individual product websites. Use the coupons in conjunction with sales for even more savings.
Buy in bulk. Consider checking out warehouse stores. You can save when you purchase larger bags of candy.
Buy less expensive candy. Keep in mind that you don’t need to buy the most expensive candy! Gum, tootsie rolls, and mints are a more cost-effective option compared to candy bars and chocolate.
Another expense this month is costumes for Halloween and Fall Festivals. Here are a few tips to keep the cost down but still look great:
Buy your costume early. It’s never too early to buy your costume. In fact, right after Halloween, you will find clearance costumes up to 90% off. Stock up for for the following year.
Costume Swap Get a group of friends together and exchange last years costume. What a great excuse to get together with friends and save a ton of money too.
Buy used. Head to consignment and second-hand stores for your costumes this year. You can save up to 75% when you purchase a used costume.
DIY Are you crafty? Many costumes can be made from materials you already have in your home. Make a ghost using bed sheets. Cardboard boxes and tin foil make great robots. The pic above was my son who said he was “too old” to dress up…until the night came and he changed his mind. He threw on his current baseball uniform and we used his sisters leftover makeup to create a “zombie” baseball player. My out of pocket for this was the $3 tube of white makeup that we had bought for his sister. The black was my eyeliner and the red was my lipstick. Voila!