Halloween is coming up and if you’re a mom, you probably fall into one of two categories. You’re either totally dreading the task of finding yet another costume for the year, or you’re super excited and can’t wait to get coordinating outfits for the whole family. Either way, one thing that I’ve learned is that everyone wants to save money. Sometimes, budgeting and the pressure to find a great deal puts a damper on the holiday festivities, but today I’m going to share with you some tricks on how to save this year. It all comes down to two major things for me and that’s starting early and doing research!
Starting Early. So how early is too early? Well, to be honest, the earlier the better. If you had started your search in the spring or the retail lulls of summer, you might have found some amazing deals on a Halloween costume. However, in my opinion, the best time to shop is early September. A majority of the season’s new for 2015 costumes would have come in by then and you’ll get the pick of the litter before the hot products become out of stock. Plus, if you’re shopping online, you’ll find that if you order early and have a problem like sizing or defects, you’ll be able to get a replacement with plenty of time before Halloween.
Knowledge is Power. I’m a huge fan of research. I can attribute research to lots of household savings from couponing to lowering my internet/cable bill and so much more. Researching can help you with shopping for a costume too! All the big costume companies are aggressively pushing sales and will be doing so through Halloween, but how do you know if you’re really getting a good deal? Always read the details of the sale. You may see a promo for 20% and think, “Wow, 20% is a great deal!” Come to find out, it’s 20% off only one costume. Meanwhile, another retailer might have a sale for 20% across the board. Another thing to look for is the regular price. If the discounted price at one retailer is more than the regular price at another, I think it’s pretty easy to figure out where to shop. Also check for shipping prices and minimums for free shipping promos. Some retailers may charge $5 for economy shipping over $75 while others offer free economy shipping over $75 without a coupon code. Other things to research include shipping rates and delivery times and return policies. Some Halloween companies have blackout dates or don’t accept returns on certain items like wigs or stockings so it’s important to know what to expect when you’re shopping with a particular retailer.
Other Tips. Aside from my two most important shopping tips, always try to bundle your online order. Not only will you most likely get free shipping, lots of retailers are offering bigger discounts when you spend more. Another way you can save is by making your own costume and picking up a few costume accessories that you can’t make yourself. Likewise, you can take an old Halloween costume and add a different set of accessories to change the look. Need more tips? Check out this infographic below for a step-by-step guide on how to get the best deal online.
Infographic Created by PureCostumes.com
For as long as I’ve been in the Halloween industry, these are the trends that I’ve seen and the tips that work. Do you have a tip that helps you shop for costumes during Halloween? Share your thoughts with a comment below!