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How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

Halloween is quickly approaching. Costume shoppers will soon be hitting the stores and Web sites in droves in search of the perfect costume. Here are some ideas to get your kids' favorite costumes and not break the bank.

  • Shop online. Shopping on the Web can save you time and hassle, and you'll likely have access to a better selection of costumes online than in stores. Compare prices online and be sure to search for coupon codes and free shipping offers. Costume Kingdom is currently running deals for 10% off your order (use Coupon Code CK10) or free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Costume Craze is offering several specials, including an offer for 5% off purchases of $20 or more (use Coupon Code HAPPY5). Also, check out the CoolSavings Product Deals page to compare prices on kids' costumes.
  • Shop offline. If your kids enjoy going to the store to buy their costumes, indulge them by making a fun trip out of it. Party City offers a wide selection of costumes starting at $9.99, and they occasionally send printable coupons to those who sign up for their e-mails. Spirit Halloween runs an online store but also opens up various physical store locations around the country at this time of year. Check out their site to find one near you.
  • Make your own costume! This can save you a bundle. A good online resource is CostumeIdeaZone, where you'll see various creative homemade costume ideas that can be made from a cardboard box--including an aquarium, Rubiks' Cube, Vending Machine, skill crane and more.
  • Don't forget about hand-me-downs! Do you have a cute costume that was worn by an older sibling or friend? Babies and young toddlers are great candidates for hand-me-downs. And best of all, they're free!

One of the keys to a stress-free and fun Halloween is not breaking the bank on costumes. So do some research and shop early, and you'll thank yourself soon enough!