If you’re tight on cash, holidays like Halloween can seriously test your budgeting skills. Between work parties, get-togethers with friends and dressing the kiddos up, it can be a big hit on your wallet. The mere thought of it all could have you scared silly. But there’s no need to fear!
It’s still possible to have a spooktacular time and not go broke. Try these simple money-saving tricks to stay on budget this Halloween.
It’s easy to get heavy-handed when you’ve got adorable mini superheroes, animals, and princesses coming to your door. But choosing to set a limit on how much you hand out will stretch your candy budget further. And if you know how many kids you had last year, it’ll be easier to understand how much to buy.
Tricks to keep treats budget-friendly
Let’s face it, your house might already be overflowing with sports gear, holiday decorations, and extra kitchen gadgets. Why clutter it more with Halloween decorations? And who needs a giant inflatable witch for the yard that only contributes to your hydro bill?
Instead, plan an outing to a local farm where you can spend the afternoon sipping cider, going on hayrides, and letting your children pick out a pumpkin or two. Make a full family day of it! If you happen to be a green thumb, you could even try growing pumpkins for the following year.
Here are a few more DIY decoration ideas:
There are always loads of harvest festivals, fall fests, and Halloween festivals - and they’re usually free. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of what’s going on in your community, church, or at nearby farms.
Check out the community boards in your local coffee shop, your local community newspaper, and church community board for free activities.
Want to stay at home instead? Create your own fun by hosting a Halloween movie marathon. Take out movies for free from your local library, or check to see if your library has a free streaming service, make some Halloween inspired popcorn and drinks, and let the fear fest begin!
Halloween is just one night. Dropping a ton of cash on costumes your kids may outgrow or that you know you won’t love next year might not make a lot of sense. If you want to make an effort but still save money, there are lots of creative ways to get a costume for less:
With any holiday comes parties, get-togethers and an equal measure of family traditions. While there’s nothing wrong with any of these, it’s quite easy to spend way more than you expected. When faced with invites and keeping up traditions, here are a few ideas to make it wallet-friendly:
Who hasn’t had fun dressing their pets up for Halloween? But if you’re on a budget this Halloween, adding one more costume to the list can be tricky! Here are a few ideas to dress your pets and stay on budget:
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There’s no right way or wrong way to do Halloween. Going broke for a one day dress up isn’t in anyone's plans. As long as loved ones are together and there’s a lot of laughing, playing and blessings involved, you’ll never go wrong — even on a tight budget. Have a Happy Halloween!
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