Spend less on Halloween with these tips
Here are some ideas from non-profit debt management firm GreenPath to make your Halloween costs less scary:
Buy candy you don't like. Americans spent nearly $6 billion on Halloween, including an average of $20 on candy in 2010, according to the National Retail Federation. Buy your least favorite before the holiday, so you won't be tempted to eat it and then running back to the store to get more -- maybe not on sale.
Make or borrow a costume. It's fun to dress up for trick-or-treat or parties, but buying or renting a costume can be pricey. Put together your own, accessorizing with less expensive party-store items or borrow a costume for your child from family or friends.
“It’s a good habit to share your costumes, as the ones that aren’t handed down, likely are only worn once,” says Dorothy Barrick, a GreenPath counselor.
Avoid using a credit card to make purchases. New credit cards are often offered during the holidays. Excessive inquiries for new lines of credit, higher balances compared to credit limits, and large amounts of debt can all be harmful to a consumer's credit health, GreenPath says.POSTED IN: Halloween Stuff (9)