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October 7, 2011

Spend less on Halloween with these tips

Halloweenplanekid.jpgFrom overspending on Halloween treats to renting a costume, the Oct. 31 event and weekend parties can get expensive.

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.

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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