Halloween costumes already? Yes, indeed it is that time again! Where does the time go? We just got through the craziness of back to school shopping and now we have to worry about Halloween costumes and decorations. And right after that is Christmas! OMG will it ever stop? No, sorry to say, it will not! But that’s OK! Follow these awesome and easy tips and tricks and you can master the art of Halloween shopping on a budget!
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When you live on a tight budget, you often dread the onset of holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Kids will be kids and don’t understand the issue of finances and limited budgets. They just want the coolest costumes and to decorate the house for Halloween! Wouldn’t it be great to find ways to save money all year so you can actually have some left to enjoy these holidays? But Halloween is just around the corner so don’t worry! I’m going to give you some great tips and resources to do your Halloween shopping on a budget help you enjoy the festivities this year!
NEVER, EVER SHOP ONLINE OR IN STORE UNTIL YOU CHECK THESE TWO SITES! If you aren’t using EBATES and BEFRUGAL, you are literally just throwing money away. They are both similar programs that offer cash back for your purchases (both online and in-store). Individually, they often offer different percentages on any given day for a particular store so I always check both before making a purchase. Your cash back comes in the form of a check for all your purchases made during the previous quarter. You can read more about these and how they work by checking out HOW I MAKE MONEY AND RECEIVE CASH BACK. Sign up for EBATES with my referral link and get a $10 sign up bonus! Sign up for BEFRUGAL with my link and get $10 also! Be sure to install the browser extension for each one so you’ll always know where the best cash back offers are! Consider all the online shopping you do throughout the year. Now, think of the cash back you’ll now be getting that can be put towards other purchases later in the year!
Once you’ve connected to your online store (through Ebates or BeFrugal) and filled up your cart, do one more thing before submitting your order! Open another browser tab and search “[store name] online coupon code”. Almost every online store has a coupon code out there on the internet. There are several sites to check but I usually just go straight to RetailMeNot. Now, there may be times when you can’t find one, but ALWAYS check first! One time during an online “trip” to PetSmart, I scored my 6% cash back through BeFrugal PLUS I found a coupon code for the dog food I was purchasing. Major score because I got the 6%, plus 25% off with coupon code – and the food just happened to be on sale (online only) for $10 cheaper than the regular price! Check out some of my other pet savings hacks: Life with Four Dobies – How I Save Money on Dog Food and Pet Supplies.
As with every holiday shopping season, stores offer many discounts and sales for the trending “must-have” styles and products. Halloween is no different. Most stores offer “online only” pricing and discounts and also tend to have a bigger selection to choose from. I avoid the stores as much as possible during holiday shopping season. Why? For one, shoppers are messy and inconsiderate! They rummage through stuff and just leave a mess and I’d rather not end up on the evening news for “correcting their behavior” lol! And two, you can never find the style you want in your size. Whether you are looking for Halloween costumes or decorations for your rocking Halloween party, 0nline shopping is so much easier and less hassle.
Why do I love Amazon.com? Because you can literally buy everything you need in one shopping trip – without leaving your house! I’ve always managed to find awesome deals around the holidays that are often lower than competitors’ pricing. And did I mention they sell just about everything? And if you sign up for a free Amazon Prime membership, you get FREE 2-day shipping! Who doesn’t like free shipping? And did you know Amazon has a Halloween clearance section?
Click on any of these links to see some examples of what Amazon has to offer your holiday shopping on a budget for costumes!
Although I stay away from Walmart in person around holidays, I do find really great deals online. You can also get “in store pick-up” and save on shipping charges! If you have a very last-minute Halloween party to attend, order Walmart.com and pick it up in the store – major savings score! Click on the Walmart banner below and see what great Halloween deals you can find!
I absolutely love Halloween Express! They have some of the scariest and coolest Halloween costumes and decor that will make any party rock! And right now they are offering 15% cash back through BEFRUGAL! What WHAAAAT? Yes, 15% cash back on your purchases. Click on the link below to check out the Halloween Express deals and once on the page, click on your BEFRUGAL browser extension to activate the 15% cash back!
Don’t forget to include your Fur-Babies in on the Halloween fun! Of course, start off by going through Ebates or BeFrugal! Amazon has a ton of pet costumes to choose from for both large and small pets. Here are some of my favorites! And don’t forget to get them some treats!
One more way to get your pets in on the fun is to recycle YOUR old costumes and put them on your pets! This works best on larger dogs. In the pics below, I’m wearing a sexy pirate costume from several years ago. My Angel wore that same costume for the past two years! Of course, I had to make some hems but the neighborhood kids absolutely LOVED it!
So there you have it! I hope you decide to try out my PROVEN tips and strategies for Halloween shopping on a budget. Be sure to get signed up for both EBATES and BEFRUGAL and install the browser extensions for both.