Save Money on Your Halloween Party
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Save Money on Your Halloween Party

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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You can have a Halloween party without spending a fortune!  Here are some quick tips to help you save money on your Halloween party.Having a Halloween party this year? The cost of throwing a party can get really expensive. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to lower the cost of your Halloween party. Here are some easy ways to save money and still have a fun Halloween party.

Plan ahead!
Don’t leave your party planning until the last minute. The less time you give yourself to purchase supplies and decorations – the more likely you will end up spending extra money out of desperation. Make a list of the things you will need. Start comparing prices. Which is less expensive, the decorative plates and cups from the dollar store, or a bulk order of them from an online website?

Use the ones from last year.
Go check to see if you happened to have stored away the leftover paper plates and plastic cups from last year’s Halloween party. See if you stored away a tablecloth that is orange (or fall colored). Use what you already have, and you won’t have to spend money on stuff you didn’t really need.

While you are at it, see if you can find last year’s Halloween decorations. One of the cool things about Halloween is the people tend to save the decorations that they put in their yard (and the ones in their home) and re-use them. Decorate your yard and porch a day or two before your Halloween party. It will add to the atmosphere without costing you anything!

Try the dollar store.
Dollar stores are great places to find frugally priced party items. They may have plastic, reusable, plates that are decorated for Halloween. You might find plastic cups that look like skulls or that have pumpkins or bats on them. Sometimes, you can find ice cube trays that make ice that is shaped like a skull, pumpkin, or bat. Get enough for your guests this year, and save the decorative plates and cups for next year’s party.

Repurpose the pumpkins.
Carved pumpkins make great decorations for Halloween parties. Put a battery operated candle in them and dim the lights. Or, place a row of carved pumpkins along the length of your driveway, with candles in them, to guide guests to your home.

Will there be food?
How fancy will your Halloween party be? Most people can get away with setting up a table filled with appetizers and individual sized desserts for guests to pick at. Put drinks into an ice chest to keep them cold. Make sure you have enough to accommodate the number of guests you have invited.

One of the biggest expenses at any party is the alcohol. An easy way to lower your costs is to clearly state on your invitation that soft drinks will be available, and that guests are welcome to bring along a beverage of their choice. Everyone will know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.