Low budget Halloween decorations
By Phil Hornshaw
Seasonal holidays such as Halloween are always a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, decorating, dressing up and handing out candy can be a lot of fun. On the other hand, those things can get expensive – especially right before the holiday itself.
Thankfully there are coupons that you can store in your virtual bag of tricks. Though Halloween comes but once a year and stores spring up to service the holiday, lots of places still offer discounts to stay competitive on all kinds of different things, and it pays to shop around.
Get your costumes on sale
Plenty of stores sell Halloween costumes, and many are the same brands and even the same models. That means that while you might find a costume at full price at some shops, others will slash their prices to beat out their neighbors. You can find one such deal at Target. In the run-up to Halloween, costumes are already reduced 30 percent, and taking advantage of this offer also nets you 4 percent cash back. Shopping at Walmart can also get you cash back on Halloween items, and many holiday essentials qualify for free shipping.
Smaller sellers and Halloween-specific sites also get in on the discounting. Check out Halloween Express for deals on costumes, plus about 10.5 percent cash back on its offers. HalloweenCostumes.com has a number of outfits on clearance, too. And then there are regular costume shops like CostumeDiscounters.com, which offer various deals on different costumes, plus 6 percent cash back.
In addition to deals on costumes, you can shop stores such as Spirit Halloween and find decorations for your house as well as yourself. Halloween Express also offers a number of items above and beyond just costumes, so checking through the full offers can save you time and maybe a little money.
All about the candy
Finally, when it comes to Halloween candy, go with the pros. Many stores get lots of candy in right before the holiday. But if you go to stores that sell candy all year round, you’re much more likely to nab a bargain. Start with Candy.com, where you can get free shipping on many orders at the very least plus 7 percent cash back. It’s always good to pay another visit to the mainstays, like Target and Walmart, for potential candy deals as well. If they’ll ship it for free, it can also save you a trip to the store.
As with anything, it pays to shop around to find the best deals for Halloween-related stuff. But keep in mind that though many seasonal stores crop up just for this holiday, they also have to do battle with one another to stay competitive. That means you can take advantage and reap some savings.