Gives Tips For an Affordable Halloween

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Halloween retail spending topped $8 billion in the U.S last year. Frugal living experts Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler of offer valuable tips on how to stretch the Halloween budget.

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Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, founders of

Halloween. It’s all about the costume and the pumpkins, candy, decorations, movies and more. What was once a fun-filled night of childhood delight is now a mainstream consumer event for over 70% of Americans. This year, the only thing more terrifying than late night horror movies is the roughly $80 per person we’ll all spend to get our scare on. founders offer valuable tools and tactics to help keep Halloween spending down:

Bulk buy. If you’re looking to save on sweets for the ghosts and goblins headed for your neighborhood, consider joining forces with friends and family. Make a collective list and harness the power of group buying at bulk retailers like Costco or Sam’s Club. Take it a step further and host a Halloween potluck to celebrate the scariest night of the year in style. Everyone shares; everyone saves.

The store less traveled. Consider thrift and consignment stores to find bargain-priced costumes. If retail is your route of choice, try less-known daily deal sites like Tanga and Zulily to get quality costumes for well under $20.

Cut the sugar. Sure, candy is cheap and we love it. That doesn’t mean it’s good for us. Let little trick-or-treaters indulge the sweet tooth within reason, but make the majority of Halloween treats healthy with fresh or freeze dried fruits and other natural snacks. Fresh foods are more affordable than you think: apples, bananas and pears cost about $0.44 per cup. Buy local when possible to help the economy and the environment.

Off-season. The cheapest time to net bargains on Halloween costumes, treats and décor is in the off-season. Keep your eye out for summer buys on costumes and candy—especially from online retailers—to avoid scary last-minute prices in October.

Trick-or-Plink. If you’re shopping in-store, consider a rewards program like Plink. Designed by Intuit—the company behind TurboTax—Plink links to a credit or debit card. Shop at partner stores like Target or CVS for Halloween candy to earn gift cards to retailers of your choice. During special promotions, Plink purchases of $1.00 or less earn a $10 gift card.

Cash back. Make Halloween purchases through online cash back site Ebates to earn 25% cash back from over 1,600 major retailers nationwide. Cash back automatically accrues in an Ebates account, and all new members receive a $10.00 gift card of their choice with their first purchase of $25.00. Halloween Express currently offers 9% cash back.

Stay current. If you’re struggling for ideas, turn to social media sites like Facebook or Pinterest for inspiration. also offers regular tips for saving on Halloween and other special occasions.

Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, founders of and authors of Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey! are money saving, bargain shopping and frugal living experts. With their knowledge and savvy, they’ve sold over 50,000 books, garner 5 million viewers per month at, impressed more than 1,000,000 Facebook fans and have more than 38,000 Twitter followers.

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