Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to find a costume without breaking the bank! Shop with Coupons.com, a leading online and mobile resource for digital coupons and savings on everyday products, and save on Halloween costumes, candy, decorations, and more.
As Coupons.com’s Savings Expert, Jeanette Pavini offers advice on how to save money and create a better lifestyle. Jeanette has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and MarketWatch. She is also a two-time Emmy Award winning on-camera consumer reporter, completing more than 10,000 money-savings news stories. Jeanette was the chief consumer reporter for CBS 5 News in San Francisco from 2000 to 2008. Her Emmy nominated 30-minute consumer show, The Real Deal, ran for ten years on both CBS and NBC and won numerous awards. Additionally, Jeanette is a featured guest contributor for the TODAY Show and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show.
For tips on how to save this Halloween, check out the Q&A with Jeanette below.
Q: According to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Halloween Consumer Spending Survey, three-quarters of households will spend an average of $125 this year on Halloween-related items. Can you provide shoppers with any shopping and/or savings tips for this upcoming Halloween?
Sell old costumes to a resale shop to get money towards purchasing a new one. Right now is when costumes are in demand so resale stores are more likely to pay you for your gently used costumes. This is a great way to clean out the closet and take the edge off your purchase for this year.
If you’re fortunate to live in an area where pumpkin patches are aplenty, then do a price comparison before you go. If you just want to pick a pumpkin, then look for a patch that doesn’t charge admission. If you want to do it all, then look for a patch that charges a flat rate and gives you access to all of the activities like bounce houses and hayrides.
Q: How can Coupons.com help budget-savvy shoppers, stay within their Halloween budgets?
Check Coupons.com for printable coupons on candy. Recent offers include $1.10 off any two Hershey’s Snack Size bags, $1.60 off any two Jolly Rancher or Twizzlers snack size bags, buy 2 get 1 free Mars variety bags.
Coupon codes can help you save on all aspects of Halloween. Think beyond costumes and decorations, because there is really a coupon code for everything. For example, VisionDirect.com is offering 20% off theatrical lenses, which are a popular addition to many Halloween looks.
Q: DIY (do it yourself) seems like a great money-saving trend. Where can shoppers find the best supplies needed for DIY costumes and decorating materials?
Below are some craft coupons that are currently live on Coupons.com that can help you with your DIY costumes:
• Joann’s Coupons
• Party City Coupons
• Michaels Coupons
Choose a simple base costume and then accessorize it yourself. Start with the less expensive $29.99 version and make your own cape or mask. Not only is this a way to give it a personalized touch but it also can save you money.
Look for free or low cost Halloween-themed craft workshops at your local library, fabric or craft store that your child can participate in. Sometimes there may be a nominal materials fee (as little as $1 or less). Check out Michael’s craft stores Kids Club. They offer 30-minute workshops for just $2 per child and you get to take home a completed project.
Q: Halloween isn’t the only time shoppers worry about their budgets. Do you have any additional shopping and/or savings advice for year-round shopping?
The best way to stick to a budget is to pay with cash. It is impossible to overspend this way. In fact, there is actually a pain associated with spending cash that consumers don’t experience when spending with credit cards.
There are time when using your credit card can actually work to your advantage though. Here are a few ways:
- Some cards offer extended warranty protection on purchases. If you buy a fridge with a two-year manufacturer warranty, your card might protect you for an additional year.
- Link a Visa, MasterCard or American Express to your Coupons.com account and get special card linked offers. All you have to do is swipe the card at checkout for savings.
- If you have a rewards card, be familiar with any Q4 perks for the holidays like a reward bonus on department store purchases.
When you enter a store and begin shopping, walk to the left instead of the right. Stores often will have more “budget busters” offered on the right side of the store, as most shoppers walk that way first.
Visit www.Coupons.com for more Halloween savings and deals. Happy Halloween!