I’ll admit that Halloween is not my favorite holiday, and it’s not because I’m some overzealous Christian who thinks it’s the “Devil’s Holiday”. I am a man of faith, but Halloween ticks me off more from a financial perspective. Along with Valentine’s Day, it has become one of the most commercialized non-holidays that have no meaning. I understand that the kids have a good time with it, and it’s fun for them, but when you take a step back and really look at Halloween, it really is pointless to spend a bunch of money on it. With Halloween parties, costumes for the kids, house decorations, and all of the crap that schools make you buy for arts and crafts time, Halloween can get really expensive. (more…)
Halloween isn’t typically a bank-busting holiday, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to overspend. Whether it’s the food, drink, or decor, there are a number of ways to save on your Halloween party without skimping on the end result. (more…)
As Halloween rises from the crypt for another season, so does our zeal for nightmarish festivities. In the latest 2012 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF,) 71.5 percent of consumers intend on flocking to their local Halloween headquarters to celebrate Halloween — the highest percentage in the study’s 10-year history.
However, with household budgets tightening up due to economic and employment pressures, saving money with creative corner-cutting can turn your Halloween finance horrors into a night of frugal fun. (more…)
Well, Halloween is almost here. For me, at least, Halloween marks the beginning of the most expensive time of the year: “The Holiday Season”. But this year, I am going to try to plan ahead, and with the help of the Internet, hopefully save some money, or at least spend less than usual. I have found some great sites that might help you save money as well this Halloween.
One mistake I make almost every year is waiting until the last minute to buy costumes for my sons. You would think I would learn, but last year I ran down to the local grocery store the night before Halloween to buy my middle son’s costume. Of course, the only costumes left cost at least $20, and they were cheap plastic. Now, this year, I have already planned ahead a bit. My middle son wants to be a cowboy; he has boots a friend gave him, and I bought him a bandanna today for $1.29. So all we really need is a cowboy hat, and that shouldn’t cost too much. (I hope!) (more…)
1. Discount Candy. Amazon is offering $15 off orders of Nestle and Hershey products of $39 or more. Add in a cheap filler to get the order to $25 and you’ll get free shipping. If having candy in the house is too much temptation for you to graze on the leftovers, buy a candy that you don’t like!
2. Decorations. Lots of leaves in your yard? Pick up pumpkin trash bags to make frugal pumpkin decorations. Or paint your pumpkins with free stencils. (more…)