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Posted October 6, 2017

Expenses have a way of creeping up on us this time of year. In fact, consumers are expected to spend $9.1 billion on Halloween this year according to the National Retail Federation.

We’re not just buying costumes; we’re buying decorations, candy, carving pumpkins, and much more. It’s easy to see why that number is as high as it is.

Avoid getting tricked into spending more than you should by reading these tips on how to save this Halloween.

Costumes

Reuse. Each year we see ads unveiling the newest selection of costumes. It’s tempting to get one for you, the kids, and your pet. Before you run out the door, ask yourself if it’s necessary.

Swap. Find a friend or family member who is willing to trade a gently used costume for one you’re ready to part with. You get a new ensemble without spending a dime. Score!

Design. Making your own costume is a great alternative to buying a new one. You can use clothing you already own or purchase something you can wear in an everyday setting. You don’t need to have the creativity gene; just borrow ideas like these from those who do.

Wait. If you’re determined to purchase a new costume, wait for the right time. What is the right time? The last minute is. While the selection may not be plentiful, the likelihood of prices being reduced is higher. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

Decorations

Shop smart. Dollar stores can be a treasure trove for seasonal décor. They have everything from banners to plates at unbelievable prices. It’s worth making a quick trip before going anywhere else.

Craft. If you’re looking for a little more pizzazz, a DIY Project can help you get what you want at a fraction of the cost – if you’re careful. Learn to do things like make a wreath from an old picture frame, create a pumpkin vase to serve as your centerpiece, and more here.

Delay. If you’re in no rush to change your décor, considering shopping once the holiday has passed. You’re guaranteed to see markdowns. Note: while stocking up on decorations makes sense, buying candy a year in advance is probably not the best idea.

Candy

Buy in bulk. I’m sure you’ve noticed how small bags of candy cost an arm and a leg this time of year. If you’re expecting trick or treaters, it’s best to buy in bulk. Warehouse clubs like Sam’s Club and Costco may have even more cost effective options.

Be different. Treats come in different forms, not just candy. Choose to save and stand out by giving kids a different type of treat. Gummies, glow sticks, stickers, pencils, and other small party favors are just some of the options. For an even better deal, buy in bulk.

Control. If you’re used to having to constantly refill your candy bowl, it may be time for a change. It’s not all about how much you buy but how far you can make it go. If you don’t want to avoid having your supply magically disappear, hand treats out yourself.