I see the posts on Facebook and hear the comments everywhere this time of year. “I spent over $100 just on candy to hand out”! “We spent over $200 on our halloween costumes this year!” “I bought all new haloween decorations, and it cost me a fortune!”
Well The Fake Cheap has some good news for you. It doesn’t have to be an expensive time of year. It certainly isn’t for me. I will admit that I have spent some money of course, I estimate about $80, which is still quite a bit, however this includes my sons costume (bought new) my costume (home made) the candy we will be handing out and halloween decor, which is all the same as last year expect for the pumpkin. Maybe you are one of those people who goes all out for this kind of thing, and that’s fine, if you can afford it and if halloween is one of your true passions. I will certainly admit that I don’t care that much for halloween, I never really have. I just mostly looked forward to the mini choclate bars, and still do in fact. Lets get on with how you can remedy these expenses:
Costumes – Make you own of course, I have a very basic costume that took my wife an hour to make and cost $20. The other alternative is to get a used one from kijiji, you should be able to save about 50% off the retail price, maybe more. I looked on kijij in my area, and there was quite a selection available. Of course, if you have old costumes around you can also sell these to raise some cash.
Decor – Once again, if you have existing consumer debt, spending hundreds on dollars on halloween stuff should be as high on your to do list as contracting Ebloa. Again, you could perhaps find used goods or better yet, go with the basics, a pumpkin, some stuff hanging in the windows and some scary sound effects track found on line for free.
Treats – This might be the one area where the most over spending is done. I heard of people handing out full size chocolate bars, cans of pop, and blank cheques. Really though, what I typically give out is a chocolate bar and some sort of candy item. Total cost of about $15, this will easily cover the 30-40 kids that come to my door. Of course, there will also be a nice amount of goods left over for me to enjoy as well. What if you have 100 or even 200 kids come to your door? Then I suggest sticking to 1 item per kid, you can find the good mini choclate bars on sale for about 10 cents each (mine were 12 cents each when I bought them). At 10 cents per ghoul times 200 is only $20. You could also do the homemade treat thing as well, personally this is not something I’m big on, as I seem to be suspicious of each one I have ever gotten, but if you want to go that route, go ahead, get to goggling homemade haloween treats, I’ve seen some claim to work out to about 7 cents each. Also, if you are struggling financially, you should be spending $0 on halloween, shut off your lights, don’t answer your door, go elsewhere (somewhere free) for the evening, friends or relavitves house, help them hand out treats. Put that $20 on your most urgent debt.
It’s not the zombies and ghosts that has The Fake Cheap shivering with fear, but the fact that halloween costs people way more than it should. Take the right steps in the financial aspects of your life and by next halloween, your debt will be much less scary.