I’m happy to talk about one of my favourite words today—budget. I especially love this word when it comes to holidays, because I think most of us tend to go a crazy around special occasions and we often throw financial caution to the wind. This, of course, is total folly. The holidays are exactly the time of year when we should pay extra attention to our wallets, lest we spend the rest of the year trying to pay off our extravagance.
Let’s focus on Halloween for now (don’t worry, Christmas; you’ll get your chance), because Halloween is the scariest of holidays and not just because of the walking dead. I’m talking about the barrage of decorations, candy, and costumes thrown our way. It’s easy to stray away on our budget when there’s so much spooky temptation about.
Halloween on a Budget
Candy on a Budget
I am not suggesting you buy questionable candy from last year’s stock. Rather, really think about how many kids you’ll have at your door this year. We live in a rural area and last year I counted ten kids. TEN! The huge bags of candy at the store have way too much in them for our needs (and my waistline). This year, I’m banking on 10 kids and getting 10 full size candy bars for $1 each. If only nine should show up, then bully for me. After ten, the door and the lights go out.
If you know how many kids will be at your door, bank on 2-3 mini candies per child and buy your candy accordingly. If you’re not sure, then keep track this year! Trust me, you’ll never overspend on Halloween treats again.
Costumes on a Budget
The amount of times my children can change their minds about what they want to be for Halloween is scarier than any ghost or goblin. They’ve had no less than 10 costume ideas since August . This type of wishy-washiness is why I like to wait until two weeks before Halloween before I commit to a costume. Then we spring into action.
I also ask a few questions: Do we have anything at home that could contribute to their costume? If not, what do we need? A whole new costume or just a few pieces? Is it possible to arrange a costume swap with friends? Can we make a new costume from a collection of old ones? Check out your options and see what you have on hand before you commit.
Once you’ve determined your needs it’s time to hit the stores. The one constant for us is Value Village. I love hitting Value Village for two reasons: First, if we just need a piece or two to complete a costume we are almost guaranteed to find it at Value Village, and secondly; if we need to find a whole new costume then Value Village has a huge selection at prices that fit my budget. Win/win.
Final tip: Don’t run out to buy Halloween make-up either. Most of us have older makeup we won’t use again. Red lipsticks and black eyeliner can cover most effects you’re looking for!
Decorations on a Budget
If you’re crafty, then DIY is the way to go here. If you’re like me and never passed the stick people phase then you need to buy. Since these items only come out for a very brief time, it’s best to keep your budget tight on this one. Check out Value Village for donated Halloween items. Your local dollar store also has a ton of decorations to keep you within your means. Finally, what better way to decorate than with the iconic pumpkin. Cheap, plentiful, and totally compostable!
Share your tips below in the comments. What keeps you on a budget at Halloween?
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