Each day we will be posting A Thrifty Halloween Tip, from our readers. At the end of the month, one of you will win a $25.00 Visa Gift Card. For all the details click here. Keep those thrifty tips coming!!!
Thanks to Tammy for this tip ( and cute photos),
I have always loved dressing up for Halloween. My grandma would always make sew my costume out of what nots she would have or my parents would help me come up with something. One year I was even a toilet. So I have enjoyed making my girls cosumes over the years. I do some sewing for people throughout the year to earn extra money. So at Halloween time I will usually take in a costume or 2 and use the earnings for my girls costume supplies. Plus who enters the fabric store without coupons, certainly not I. Last year I made Elvis for a family they pay for materials then I charged a small amount for my time. I took the money a bought the fabric and of course my craft room overflows from the kindness of others. I make sure that most of their costume can be used as PJ and they will stay warm. Except the babies last year and it was shear fun. Anyway one of them won a WII and the baby won a gift cert. making it a total money maker, of course that is not what I set out to do. I am reusing a couple from years past this year also. I love saving.
Thanks to Tilla for this tip,
Every year my children (there are 4 of them) invite 20 each of their closest friends and we end up having 40-60 kids for a halloween party….a budget is a must!!! I have the little girls make pumpkins, faces, witches out of construction paper that i purchase on clearance after BTS. I buy hotdogs on coupon, and make homemade bread dough for mummy dogs. I buy brownies for free/coupon and make trays of them with different candies. Any other decorations come from dollar store. Big decorations and reusable things get purchased year before after halloween clearance. The kids have an amazing time with pumpkin bowling, costume contests and dance offs! Last year with 67 kids I spent about 150 dollars and they all took home giant gift bags, and I splurged on tiny sodas because they were cute:)
Thanks to Jen P for this tip,
Halloween…a favorite time of year around our house. Last year I bought costumes right after the holiday. I was able to snag up 6 costumes for $21. I kept 4 back for the next halloween and the two extra I use for a rainy/snowy day surprise! We re-use homemade candy bags that were made from cheap material that was also purchased after the holiday. I have bought old sheets from garage sales (purchased for .10-.50) that are used for extra large spiders, goblins or ghosts for yard decorations.