Have you already bought your Halloween costumes? I haven't yet. A slew of Halloween stores just popped into my neighborhood for the Halloween season and it's been driving me crazy because the only thing my kids want to do is go to these stores.
Within recent weeks, they've developed a fond interest in looking at these strange creatures that are either missing one eye, have blood all over them or on the floor with missing limbs.
Putting aside the grotesque nature of Halloween, it's a day that kicks-off the holiday celebrations including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year. So this week learn about saving money on Halloween goods, planning your holiday expenses and other money saving tips from our DealPros
.Save on All Things Halloween
Whether you are shopping at an outlet store or a regular retail store like Target, those Halloween costs can add up very quickly. If you take your kids on the shopping trip with you, you are definitely doomed (I know I am with my kids
). Read these Tips to Save on Halloween Costumes, Candy and Party Decorations
from My Frugal Adventures to make sure you don't go over budget.
Budgeting your Holiday Expenses
Are you one of those people that look at your month-end bill and gulp at the amount shown? Especially, during the holiday season. I've had many moments like those. In order to avoid any shocking costs or going extremely over your budget, try Smart Spending Spot's Holiday Expenses - plan now with our budget spreadsheet
. You can see your budgeted amount and the actual amount spent to keep on your track.Saving Money during the Fall
With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and New Year's Day close by and the costs associated with it, how about slashing costs in other areas of your lives. Savings Dollars & Sense has Easy Ways To Save This Fall
that can help you cut costs on everyday things including changing your bed sheets to saving on dinner.Side by Side Cell Phone Comparison
When I'm at a party, nine times out of ten, when someone flashes out their new phone, the common question is "Who are you with?" (it's a great ice breaker
). From that question, everybody and their momma talks about who they're with, what rate plan they're on and how they attempt to save money with their provider. Cell phones can get very pricey if you don't keep track of all the add-ons or your minutes (if you're not on an unlimited plan
). If you want a detailed Cell Phone Plan Price Comparison
, Sarah's Deals does all the work for you. She even gives you information on how you may qualify for a free phone and free 250 minutes per month.Milk Prices Going Up
During the holidays, many families use a good amount of milk in their main course, side dishes, desserts and more. Saving the Family Money give you an update on Milk Prices Increasing and Potentially Doubling (2008 Farm Bill Expiring)
. If your family relies on milk or milk products, keep an eye on the Farm bill because if it doesn't renew, you may need to make changes to your grocery budget or start stockpiling (an option only for those who have huge freezers
).Recipes for when you are home for the holidays
I don't know about you, but when I get to visit home which is Chicago for me, I start to think about all the foods I associate with each holiday. In my mind, I plan out each breakfast, lunch and dinner I will consume during my stay (of course, all made by mom
If you need additional ideas on what you can cook or have your mom cook, our DealPros have some really yummy recipes. For breakfast, you can indulge in some Copycat McDonald's Pancakes
by NorCal Coupon Gal (it's her momma's recipe
). At lunch or dinner, you can enjoy some Home Canned Vegetable Soup
by Getting Freedom from Debt (perfect for the fall and winter seasons
). And every good meal is topped off with some amazing dessert. Little House Living's Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
sounds amazing and so appropriate for our season (plus, this is her granny's recipe. so you know it's going to be delish
Are you preparing yourselves for Halloween and the holidays to follow? Make sure you come back every week because our DealPros will have a lot to talk about. See you next week!