Frustrated by the amount of money that seems to slip through your fingers for Halloween costumes and candy? You can manage to get through Halloween on a tight budget.
Cutting costs and having a frugal and wonderful Halloween on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or the kids can’t have Halloween costumes. It just means you have to think outside the box, be a little bit crafty and organized.
Why does a Halloween costume, made up of a small piece of fabric with a plastic mask, have to cost $20+ for a small child? Put your foot down, and if you can’t make a costume out of clothes they have, or that you can buy and they can wear again, then they are not going to have a costume for Halloween.
The average American household spends as much at $50+ on treats to give away to other people’s children. I’m not a Scrooge, but that’s a huge dent in my grocery budget for a month’s time! I found it was less expensive to stock up after Halloween on stickers, pencils, crayons, and other non-edible items for the following Halloween. I cut my budget in half, and I had a few parents thank me for the non-edible items. The trick to this is you have to be organized. You need to put all the items you purchase on the markdown table in a box, seal it, mark it “Halloween goodies to give away” and put it in your closet where you can see it and it won’t get lost. If you lose the box of goodies, or find it after the fact, it defeats the purpose. The added bonus of giving away non-edible treats is that if by some chance you have stuff left, you pack it up to give away the following year. Halloween stickers, pencils, crayons and other non-edible treats don’t go bad or spoil.
If you still want to give out an edible treat, but don’t want to go for broke buying candy, here are a few Halloween give away items that aren’t too expensive:
At Wendy’s you can get a sheet with 6 coupons for a Junior Frosty – the cost of the sheet of six coupons is $1 – if you buy 20 sheets for $20 you have 120 coupons to give out, if you give one per child.
McDonald’s has treat booklets with 12 coupons per $1 booklet. Each booklet contains coupons for 3 free small fries, 3 free kids’ drinks, 3 free cones or cookies and 3 free apple pies. If you buy 20 booklets for $20, you will have 240 coupons to give out, if you give out one per child. NOTE: the coupons can ONLY be redeemed by those 12 and under.
Here are some ideas for costumes you can make easily and on a tight budget:
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