Thursday, October 13, 2011

How to Save Money on Costumes

Buying Halloween costumes is a lot of fun! But it can easily get expensive, especially if you have a large family or want a complex costume. Don’t let finances ruin Halloween for you. There are several ways you can save money on costumes.
~Decide what you (or your children) want to be for Halloween. Have second and third choices in case your first choice does not work. Try to choose costumes that you could wear again, convert into another costume, or wear as a real outfit. These requirements will especially save you money on children’s costumes.

~Determine if you have the sewing or creative ability to make the costume. Search your closet and house for clothes and accessories that would work with the costume.

~Go to a party, Halloween costume, or online store and look for the costume. Check prices to see whether it would be cheaper to buy the complete costume or to buy separate pieces and accessories.

~Browse through the accessories (jewelry, wigs, hats, masks, wings, capes, makeup, weapons, shoes, tights, toys, etc.) and see if there is anything you already have at home, you can easily make, or you can borrow from someone. Or just buy the accessories and make the rest of the costume.

~Shop for Halloween costumes, clothes, and accessories at thrift stores, at cheaper stores (like Wal-mart), and online to save money. Ask friends and family for old costumes, especially for children’s costumes. Many children only wear their costume for one year because they grow quickly or lose interest in the costume.

~Use coupons and buy discounted costumes. If the costumes are missing pieces or are damaged, buy or make replacements or repair the damages, but only if it is worth your time and money.


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