twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Frightfully Frugal: Halloween on a Budget

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Here are some great ways to save cash this Halloween weekend.

Mom holding dollar bills

Ashlee Holland: We all know thatHalloween is supposed to be one of the most fun times of the year! We are free to be and do almost anything we can imagine. As adults, we learn that NOTHING is ever free, though. With record numbers of Americans losing their jobs and homes, this year has been scary enough! To ease the terrified minds of all of my money-saving moms, I have come up with a few ways to keep a little more cash in your pockets.

Bring Out Your Inner Martha Stewart -- Scary, but Rewarding!

I genuinely hate store-made costumes. They tend to be cheaply made and are usually way overpriced. There always seems to be 50 kids walking down the street all looking like clones. BUT if you're going to get that Transformers or princess costume, you might as well save on it. Don't be afraid to purchase gently used costumes from Craigslist or eBay. Children just don't seem to ever want to be the same character two years in a row, so don't waste your hard-earned dollars on brand-new costumes if you can help it.

The Early Bird Catches the Worm, but Not the SALE.

Another great way to save is to wait until the last minute. I know -- we moms hate to procrastinate, but it could save you in the end. Most stores slash prices a day or two before holidays. Befriending a manager is a GREAT way to save money and know the timeline of stores' future sales and clearance items.

Go Green: Recycle, Reuse and Re-Invent!

My favorite thing to do with my son on Halloween is to actually make his costume. He loves it, we bond, I feel like a better mother ... it's perfect. If you think about it, you probably have most of the items needed to make almost ANY costume right at home. If you don't have items lying around that you want to use, make a trip to your local Goodwill or consignment shop. Venture out to yard sales when you have time. You can find plenty of items and come up with tons of great costume ideas that will save you money! Here are a few:

  • Simple mummy: Classic! A sweat suit, an old white sheet (the older, the better) and a hot glue gun. Cut strips and glue! EASY BREEZY!
  • Washer/dryer:one or two moving boxes, tape, scissors, spray paint. Use bottle tops for knobs, and some clothes. You can find most of these items around the house.
  • Rock star: jewelry, glittery clothes ... add whatever you wish!

We all want the best for our children. Just remember that "fun and festive" does not equal you going broke!

Happy Halloween -- and HAPPY SAVINGS!

next: This Week: Top 10 Stories Moms Are Talking About
201 comments so far | Post a comment now
vigrx plus March 6, 2011, 6:05 AM

Thanks so much for writing all of the excellent information! Looking forward to checking out more posts!

three peaks challenge March 6, 2011, 4:08 PM

A really good set of info which I will be certainly coming back to read again. Thanks very much to all those who contribute.

About Chicken Pox March 7, 2011, 5:25 PM

It is really a nice and useful piece of info. I am glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

golf books March 7, 2011, 10:15 PM

Have you considered adding some videos to the article? I think it might enhance my understanding.

vimax pills March 8, 2011, 12:26 AM

Thanks so much for writing all of the excellent information! Looking forward to checking out more posts!

handheld GPS March 9, 2011, 12:51 AM

I agree with most of your points, but a few need to be discussed further, I will hold a small talk with my partners and maybe I will look for you some suggestion soon.

vimax March 9, 2011, 8:38 AM

Finally, an issue that I am passionate about. I have looked for information of this caliber for the last several hours. Your site is greatly appreciated.

vimax pills March 9, 2011, 11:53 AM

The beauty of these blogging engines and CMS platforms is the lack of limitations and ease of manipulation that allows developers to implement rich content and ‘skin’ the site in such a way that with very little effort one would never notice what it is making the site tick all without limiting content and effectiveness.

sexe gratuit March 9, 2011, 12:23 PM

Thank you for making the sincere strive to explain this. I think very strong about it and want to be informed more. If it’s OK, as you attain more in depth knowledge, could you mind including more posts very similar to this one with additional info? It could be extraordinarily useful and helpful for me and my colleagues.

Apple Bethlehem March 10, 2011, 11:51 AM

Just found your webblog from some other site! Am i been mindless, I cannot seem to find the link to your current Rss feed anyplace on the webpage? Will you be able to tell me what it is?

Cheree Cowart March 10, 2011, 4:51 PM

When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!.

vimax March 10, 2011, 7:03 PM

Wow, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and actual effort to make a good post… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never appear to get something done.

P1631 Saab March 10, 2011, 7:28 PM

Spot on with this write-up, I actually suppose this website needs far more consideration. I’ll most likely be again to read much more, thanks for that info.

regeneracja vp29 March 10, 2011, 9:28 PM

An interesting dialogue is worth comment. I think that you must write more on this matter, it may not be a taboo topic but typically individuals are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

Waconia Dumpster Rental March 11, 2011, 12:57 AM

I tried taking a look at your website in my blackberry and the design does not seem to be right. Might want to check it out on WAP as well as it seems most cellular phone layouts are not working with your site.

top personal injury lawyer houston March 11, 2011, 4:18 AM

Have you considered adding some social bookmarking buttons to these sites. At the very least for myspace.

vimax March 11, 2011, 6:12 PM

Hey, just looking around some blogs, seems a pretty nice platform you are using. I’m currently using Wordpress for a few of my sites but looking to change one of them over to a platform similar to yours as a trial run. Anything in particular you would recommend about it?

business long distance rates March 11, 2011, 10:09 PM

An cool post there mate ! Thank you for it .

Otha Orrick March 12, 2011, 2:01 AM

I love this article very much. I will definitely be back. Hope that I will be able to go through a lot more informative posts then. Will be sharing your wisdom with all of my associates!

Weight Loss Supplements March 12, 2011, 4:06 AM

Wanted to drop a comment and let you know your Feed is not working today. I tried including it to my Google reader account and got absolutely nothing.

Back to top >>