5 Halloween Prep Tips to Save Money
Via @HR Block
Author: April McCormick
Ed note: Trick or treat! Time to buy lots of things to eat! Oops. That’s not how it goes! But this time of year, that might be what you think you hear. Thankfully, April McCormick has some awesome tips for how to have a great Halloween on a budget.
For most families, Halloween is a big event. Thanks to the wildly expensive costumes, bags of Halloween candy, and decorations, the holiday can become very expensive. Well, it doesn’t have to be. Follow these money saving tips for prep and DIY crafts the whole family will enjoy!
1. Make a list, and stick to it
So many of us are guilty of running out to the stores early to grab the costumes, decorations and candy we think we need. This is actually the fastest way to break the bank. Before you run to the store, make a list of what you really need. Create a budget, and stick to it!
HalloweenSavings2. Create the costumes
DIY costumes cost less than prepackaged store bought ones. Talk with your kids about the character they want to be. Then take a photo to the thrift stores to help you put the pieces together. When you break down each piece of the costume, it’s easy to know what to look for. Check out these tips on how to create costumes from things you might already have in your closet.
3. Buy candy the day before Halloween
Many of us are guilty of buying Halloween candy early and eating it. Buying candy the day before Halloween can not only limit the amount your family will consume, but you may also get a discount. Many stores begin reducing prices on candy closer to the holiday.
4. Plan ahead for scream-worthy events
With so many Halloween parties and events going on in the community, how do you choose which ones to attend? With a little investigation beforehand, you will be able to find plenty of free or discounted scream-worthy events for the whole family. Check community calendars for free events and the newspaper and Internet for coupons.
5. Make your own treats
With so many parties and events to attend, you can spend an entire month’s grocery budget on sweet treats alone. A great way to manage those costs is to make your own treats. Instead of buying cupcakes or cookies, make spooktacular ones. You can also control the ingredients and amount of sugar, which is very important during such a sugar-driven holiday. One of my favorite homemade Halloween treats is Halloween Trail Mix. The best part is that most of the ingredients are things you already have. Mix cereal, yogurt covered raisins, peanuts, pretzels, dried fruit, mini chocolates and candy corn in a bowl. Voila! You have a sweet, salty and healthy treat for your sweeties!