With Halloween just around the corner, there are many people who are wondering how they can save a few extra dollars this year without missing out on all the spooky fun. Many individuals desire to get in on the fun of Halloween but are reluctant to do so because of the associated cost.
In the minds of some people, in order to celebrate Halloween to the fullest there is a number of things that must be purchased, including such items as an exorbitant amount of candy for trick-or-treaters as well as for the family, store bought costumes for each member of the family, numerous decorations for the home, pumpkins for carving, and the list goes on. But the truth is that a family can fully enjoy this year’s holiday season of Halloween with limited expenses if they will strive to utilize the principles of good finance and frugal living while planning and enjoying Halloween.
Set a Spooky Budget
Like with everything else, the best way to save money this year on Halloween is to set and plan a budget of expenses and then have the resolve to stick to that set budget. For example, when planning out how much candy to buy for the trick-or-treaters this year consider how many bags of candy your household used last year.
If you had a lot of candy left over from last year then that might be a good sign that not as many bags of candy need to be purchased this year. Decide what an adequate amount of Halloween candy would be for your neighborhood and set a candy budget accordingly.
Don’t Be Afraid to Return the Extras
In this way, a family can begin to buy only the precise amount of candy that they will need to fulfill the needs of the neighborhood and limit excess spending on Halloween candy. In addition to buying the right amount of candy, a person can save even more on their Halloween candy budget by only opening the bags of candy as they are needed during the night of trick-or-treating.
After Halloween these unused bags of candy can be returned to the store and thereby save a person additional money by refunding them a percentage of that part of their budget. One should remember to keep the receipts for your candy purchases so that you can return the unopened bags of candy to the store after Halloween is over.
To be sure not to waste that candy that you can’t return, find ways to either use it, perhaps while baking for example, or to donate it to multiple donation centers and programs who will gladly take your excess candy. In this way, while not saving money directly, you will at least be able to get some use out of your leftover Halloween candy.
Make Your Own Costumes
To save money with costumes consider homemade costumes to store-bought alternatives. Finding and using items around the house for creating Halloween costumes can be both economical as well as a fun family activity.
Through proper budgeting and a little inventive ingenuity a family and an individual will be able to save more money this year on Halloween.