Halloween is just over a month away. For many, it means planning out costumes, buying treats and decorating. Of course, as you start to make those purchases, you will notice how quickly it all can add up. Here are ten easy tips you can follow to save money this Halloween.
1. Make your own costume
If you think about how long the costume is worn, it doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money. Why not make one yourself? Here are some easy home made costumes you can try to create yourself this year. You can even download a free template to make adorable no-sew costumes as well.
Read more: 40 Easy DIY Costume Ideas
2. Don’t buy pumpkin carving templates or tools
You can download FREE templates to create a unique face on your jack-o-lantern. You also do not need the fancy knives or scoops in order to clean and create your own. You can just use the tools in your own kitchen. For a really unique look, pull out a drill and just drill holes all over your pumpkin for a quick carving idea!
Read more: More Than 700 Pumpkin Carving Templates
3. Buy candy you won’t eat
This may sound strange, but when you buy items you wouldn’t normally eat, you are less likely to consume it before the big day comes around.
Read more: 40 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas
4. Avoid name brand products
You can find simple kiddie mix bags of candy priced lower than the name brands such as Mars and Hershey. Your money can go much further if you opt for these products instead.
5. Use coupons paired with deals
The deals start to pop up a few weeks before Halloween. Make sure you pair them with the best printable grocery coupons to save even more!
6. Decorate with your own photos
Go through your boxes of old photos and find pictures of your kids from Halloween past. Swap out current photos with those to bring a bit of Halloween (and nostalgia) into your home.
7. Avoid fancy plates and napkins
If you are hosting a party, there is no need to buy specialty plates or napkins with Halloween decor on them. Opt for plain white, or if you want color, stick with just orange or black. You can find these are usually sold in larger quantities for less than smaller printed items.
8. Decorate with candy or jars
Fill a vase with layers of various Halloween candy, or even with candy corn. These bring in color and fun into your room. You can even use beans or candy to decorate your house.
Read more: Easy Fall Decorating Centerpiece
9. Don’t go overboard
Remember that it is just one holiday and there is not need to go above and beyond. Just set your budget and stick to it and you’ll be certain not to overspend this holiday.
10. Shop ahead
Of course, you can’t do this until after Halloween, but shop your store after the holiday is over and pick up items for next Halloween. You can find discounts on paper products, bags and more — all will save you money next year!