Don’t Be Tricked by the Cost of Halloween.

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Things that go bump in the night aren’t nearly as spooky as the cost of Halloween. Between costumes, décor, and mounds and pounds of candy, the average American shells out $77 each October. A monthly budget can be rocked by a $77 added expense, so First Security State Bank wants to help you treat your financial plan with these cash-saving tips.

Make use of the dollar store:

Whether you are looking to make Halloween decorations or costumes, the dollar store is a great place to round up supplies to make your own crafts. If you don’t have a dollar store near you, check out local craft stores for supplies and décor. Many craft stores offer coupons and deals, so be on the lookout for those as well.

Purchase pumpkins last:

It may be tempting to start carving as soon as October 1 hits, but wait it out a little longer. Many stores will put their pumpkins on sale as Halloween approaches to help sell their pumpkin inventory. Waiting until just a few days before Halloween to purchase and carve your pumpkins means you can take advantage of these more affordable prices!

Look for free events in the community:

To avoid the high costs of putting on a Halloween party or even the costs of stocking up on candy, consider taking your family to a free Halloween event or activity in your community. Check your local library or newspaper for free Halloween events in your area.

Make your own costumes:

Buying Halloween costumes off the rack for the entire family will put you above the average $77 Halloween costs in a heartbeat. Just as it is less expensive to shop for decorations at dollar stores and craft stores, it is often times less expensive to make your own costumes. Use supplies that you already have to put together a great costume and buy just a few new pieces to complete your look.

A solid Halloween doesn’t need budget killers to be deliciously terrifying. Stop by First Security State Bank for financial planning services to make the most of your month!

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