How You Can Save On Halloween

A National Retail Federation survey found the average person will down nearly $75s on Halloween this year. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Below are some ideas on how to get the costumes and candy you need without running up a scary bill

Keri Wagner, a mother of 3 in Spartanburg says the single best way to get discount costumes is using online neighborhood sale sites. She says, just search your neighborhood or town on Facebook and the word “sale,” and you’ll come up with many that are geared towards just what you need (kids or adults).

You can post an “in search of, or ISO” to find costumes, or just glance over the existing listing.

“When I had my first child I went all out and I spent the full price on them, but now that I have 3 you have to budget where the money goes,” she said.

She also found her daughter’s Frozen princess dress for $5 on Amazon, another great resource if you have Prime.

You can kill two birds with one stone by digging out your old costumes and selling them online as well. One tip, if you have the original plastic they tend to go for a better price.

If you go the thrift store route, come with an open mind and your smartphone.

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“Just by Googling the little black dress, halloween costumes, I found Mickey Mouse, the Gatsby Theme, Little Red Riding hood, then a nurse, Audrey Hepburn,” said Maggie Macdonald, an employee at the Brown Roof thrift shop in Spartanburg.

Wagner found her own costume there for just $5.

“I have a witches hat, I’m going to add some black tool to it,” she said.

Finally, when it comes to candy, we’ve learned waiting is better. Retailers tend to put the goods on sale in the last few days before Halloween.

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