If I was like every other frugal fanatic, I’d be posting up some obvious tips about how to save money during the Halloween season. But since you can read that anywhere, I figured I’d help you out by providing you with some creative ways to make the most of Halloween deals even after your Halloween chariot turns into a pumpkin.
Stock up on costumes for next year. Retailers may make it seem like they’re having blowout sales on costumes before Halloween, but the real secret is that costume prices plummet immediately after Halloween so that stores can make room for new products as quickly as possible. If you’re a savvy shopper you can probably find costumes for a steal – I’ve even scored some for as cheap as $5. Stock up for next year, fill up your child’s dress-up chest or just put away some great costumes for a rainy day when you need an activity for your children.
Consent to candy. Let’s be honest – Halloween candy tastes delicious at any time of year, and the only difference between a holiday peanut butter cup and a regular one is the wrapper. Keep your eyes peeled for low prices on candy and chocolate that is leftover from Halloween and stash it away for your child’s next birthday party, to use as rewards for your kids or just to use as an extra snack when the next craving strikes. Pair sales with coupons for extra savings, if only to assuage the guilt of enjoying your favorite candy.
Pick more pumpkins. A good harvest of pumpkins this year has kept prices lower than they’ve been in recent years, which means that you should enjoy the opportunity to use pumpkins for eating as well as for decorating. Why not take advantage of the reduced price of pumpkins after Halloween by making some pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie? For additional convenience, get your pumpkin carved at the grocery store, where they have large sharp knives or electric knives that can make it easy for you to peel and boil your pumpkin. Finally, pumpkins are rich in cancer-fighting carotenoids and anti-oxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which offer a plethora of health benefits (a great way to counteract all of the chocolate you’ve probably just eaten).