Fall is already here and there is a little more than a week to prepare for the Halloween eve. Part of the tradition is to scare ourselves with late night horror movies, but what is more terrifying is the fact we will have to spend a lot of money for the preparations. Well, actually, we don’t have to. Below are a few tips on how to organize a budget-friendly Halloween this year.
Bargain and group shopping
Instead of waiting for October 30 to get a costume and buy some delicious treats for the kids, try to find some early deals and bargains online. Join with your friends or neighbors and make a collective list of all the decorations and candy you will need. Amazon’s Halloween Store sells huge packs of candy and cookies and offers discounts and free shipping on most of them. The website also sells cooking ingredients and supplies, so you can actually make at least half the food yourself. Look for deals such as Buy one, take two”, or for instance the 20% discount on selected assorted sweets at Amazon. If you buy two or more items of the qualifying candy, you will receive the discount.
You can get a cheap Halloween costume for you or the kids at Amazon. They have all kinds of outfits, sizes and themes. Of course, getting the costume from a specialty store is a great idea, but the thing is that brick-and-mortar stores for costumes have higher prices, especially a few days prior to Halloween, when usually the prices are skyrocketing. But the online retailer Costume Craze has a current huge sale on everything on the website. The Spooktacular Sale includes a massive 20% discount and for even bigger savings, you should check their Clearance Items which are 60% off and even more. Here you can get quality costumes for well under $10, even if we add the shipping cost, which starts at $4.50. And don’t worry that you won’t find the costume you are dreaming of – the website has over 12,000 Halloween costumes for all party themes and ages.
Cash back options and coupons
When you shop online, try to search carefully for products that are offered with immediate coupons. Amazon has 15% coupons for some of its candy. Other websites such as LightInTheBox.com offers its customers to receive 3% of the sum of the purchase back in special Rewards points. For instance if your order is $100, you will get Rewards worth of $3, which you can use for future purchases. Such rewards and cash back systems are not a common practice for most retailers, but with a little research, you will find maybe even better offers. In fact, you will even find coupons in the social media websites, so give it a try.
Naturally, this is a very good strategy to keep your costs low. The best time for off-season shopping is right after Halloween, when a lot of the merchandise has remained and the retailer tries to sell it at any price. Well, this won’t help you for this year, but you can shop for next year’s holiday.
Well, Halloween is slowly creeping up, so if you want to save some cash this year while prepping for it, shop early and smart to avoid the scary last-minutes prices in October. With our basic tips and a little imagination, you will have a happy and budget-friendly Halloween.