Today I showed how you can save on Halloween treats and costumes:
Save on Halloween Candy
My 4 tips for saving on Halloween candy are:
- Buy in bulk. In general (but not always), larger bags will have a lower price per ounce than smaller bags. Sometimes you can get huge bags at warehouse stores or you can find candy deals on Amazon.
- Match coupons with sales. This could also make for a situation where a smaller size bag, with sale + coupon, could be less per ounce than buying a larger bulk size. More on that in a bit.
- Chocolate costs more. Consider non-chocolate candies or even Goldfish Crackers, plus non-candy items like stickers, tattoos, pencils, and even McDonald’s treat coupons.
- Avoid seasonal packaging, often it costs more than shopping in the year-round candy aisle. (Sidenote: I don’t know for sure, but I often wonder if red foil-packaged chocolates from Christmas packages are repurposed into Valentine’s Day candy. Just sayin’.)
Here’s how to get the Snickers deal at Target that I showed on Indy Style this morning:
Print these coupons now and use at Target this week:
- Save $1.00/2 Snickers, M&M or Twix Fun Size Bags
- Save $1.00/2 Snickers Fun Size Bags (Target coupon)
Purchase 3 11.18 oz Snickers Fun Size bags for $8 (Target sale price through 10/12/13, reg $3.24 each). Grab one of the jack-o-lantern treat pails pictured above ($1.00).
Use above printable coupons to save $2, and the 10% will be another 60¢ savings at checkout. Your treat pail will ring up FREE after purchasing the 3 bags of Snickers.
Total out-of-pocket $5.40 (value $10.72), plus tax for 3 bags of candy and treat pail!
While this particular deal I’m highlighting expires on Saturday 10/12/13, the premise remains: Check for available coupons to match with sale items. Always.
Save on Halloween Costumes
My 4 tips for saving on Halloween costumes are:
- Shop consignment and thrift stores. Even year-round, check consignment stores for dress-up costumes and accessories that can be used for Halloween.
- Swap costumes with friends. Or join a Facebook marketplace in your area that may have a group just for costumes.
- Repurpose an old costume. Use pants and a shirt from a Scarecrow costume, add a Werewolf mask and there you have a Teen Werewolf.
- Use a “non” costume. This means anything you can put together in the most basic sense and still have a clever theme or idea. And if you really want a low-key costume without a lot of expense or fuss – Wear all black, attach socks and dryer sheets … and you have Static Cling!
More savings … If you live near a Spirit Halloween, print this coupon to save on Halloween costumes and accessories:
Plus here are a few more areas you might like to look around:
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