By Cara Davis, www.freeshipping.org/blog/
Hard to believe Halloween is around the corner. Avoid buying expensive costumes by waiting too long to plan your kids’ wardrobe. Plan now and scout out inexpensive materials to make a creative and fun costume.
- Set a budget. If your child is old enough, get them in the act of planning their ghoulish gear. Set a budget and give them ideas on how to pull off their costume for that set amount of cash.
- Stay general. Costumes that aren’t commercial characters such as SpongeBob or Hannah Montana will be easier to pull off cheaply like ghosts and witches. But don’t limit yourself to traditional Halloween fare. Anything out of the ordinary can be a treat: cowgirl (or boy), scarecrow, a mime, punk rocker, sorority girl, hippie, pirate or a dancer.
- Get inspired. Search the Web for costume ideas and inspirations. If you already have an idea of what the costume is going to be, search online for pictures to give you ideas. You can also search for discount gear online from sites like Zoogster Costumes.
- Start with what you own. Do you have vintage gear like scarves, coats, glasses, jewelry hats or wigs that would make a great foundation for a costume?
- Reuse. Next, scour thrift stores, garage sales, consignment sales and even your friend’s closet for additional accessories.
- Clip coupons. Hobby and craft stores like Michael’s and JoAnn’s issue weekly coupons. Buy one item a week like a boa, face paint or fake nails until you’ve fulfilled your treasure chest with Halloween goodies.
For more savings tips, check out FreeShippping.org’s “Cheap Weddings” blog at http://www.freeshipping.org/blog/category/cheap-weddings/.