Thrifty Halloween tip of the day

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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!!!

pacmanThanks to Marsha for these  tips,

Above is the Pac-Man and ghost costumes that I made for my girls last Halloween.
I asked at an appliance shop for a large box. The one I used was from a dishwasher. I cut out 2 Pac-man shapes with arm holes for eyes. Use a long strip of cardboard the width  the childs body  to line the front and sides, use tape to secure, then spray paint. I only spent $3 on spray paint. For the ghost, use the other side of the cardboard box to cut the ghost shape. I used an old long sleeve shirt and a glue gun to secure the tee shirt to the cardboard. Use scraps of fabric for the eyes. This costume didn’t cost me anything.
We got many compliments and there were no other children wearing the same costumes.
Cardboard boxes are a thrifty beginning to many costumes.  One can make a robot, any type of vehicle, a sandwich, a present, television, lego, or hundreds of other ideas.

Thanks to Becky for these tips,

I have always tried to do Halloween inexpensively. Costumes can cost a ton of money. I go to Savers for items, I shop after Halloween for accessories and decorations. Last year I was able to get about $130 dollars of deco for around $12 at Walgreens with clearance and an RR I had. One year the girls went as Disney princesses, their dresses I bought online for costumes for book week, and I wore a bridesmaid dress I had and went as a princess with them. I shop all the sales and get candy for next to nothing and shop yard sales all year and put things away until Halloween. There are just too many ways to save and still have a fantastic Halloween. You don’t have to spend a forutne to have fun, ever!!

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