Halloween is a favorite holiday among many Americans and for good reason. It is the one day you can be whoever you want to be. Maybe as a man, you want to be the Dark Knight or a sexy Fireman? As a woman, maybe you want to don leopard tights and be a sexy cougar for the night. Whoever and whatever you want to be, Halloween allows it and is the day to go all out in full disguise.
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Another reason Halloween is a fave time of the year for many is the fun parties they can attend and be a part of. However this doesn’t mean you can’t save money while dressing up or attending that cool party. You can always save money and any Holiday or event is a great opportunity to do so. Below we discuss three smart ways to save money during Halloween.
1. Start Early –
One of the best things you can do to save money during Halloween (or any Holiday) is to start early as in begin your preparation and shopping as early as you can. This could mean that you would begin in August or September and look for early bird deals and or off season deals. Many retailers will offer special discounts to get customers thinking and in the buying mood early. This is why you will see seasonal merchandise months before the date of the actual Holiday. If you’re able to get in early enough and score major discounts, consider yourself one of the few who will end up saving HUGE at checkout.
2. Buy Markdowns –
Although some consider markdowns an indication of an inferior product, this isn’t necessarily true in every case. Sometimes a markdown is just a markdown and nothing more. Big box stores like Walmart, Sam’s and Target do this all the time especially to make room for new merchandise or if they have excess inventory on hand. Sometimes it could just be a sale as in the case of Walgreen’s and CVS, since they will usually markdown items to make room for new inventory.
3. Stock Up –
Savvy shoppers know that stocking up on candy, decorations and other Halloween non perishables is a smart way to save money. Especially with decorations, party items such as plates and utensils, cookie batter and the like – because what you don’t use during the Holiday you can use another day. However you need to think about items that last long or can be kept for long periods of time in your cupboard or pantry. This way you need not worry about having to re use them right away. Remember that Halloween is just the beginning of all the Holidays – so those pumpkins you bought and have in excess can after Halloween be used for pumpkin pies during Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The time to think about ways to save and ways to have fun while doing so starts now. It’s never too soon to come up with creative and smart ways to keep more money in your purse.
Article comes courtesy of Missy who blogs during the day about personal finance topics including insurance, real estate and saving money.