Fall marks the beginning of a long, expensive holiday season here in the Bullock household. With two kids, an imaginative husband and a large extended family, it's so easy to spend way too much. From Halloween to Christmas it's no joke to say we could easily spend over $2000 on goodies, gifts and gadgets. The extra money isn't in "the kitty" at the moment so I'm getting an early start on cutting costs. This year, we're celebrating Halloween for less than $50! That's about 1/4 of what we normally spend. Here's how we're doing it.
Appetizer potluck: It's a family tradition that we host the Halloween party for family and friends. Unlike years past, there's no chance I can cater, cook or grill enough food for everyone; that's not financially feasible. Instead, this year, I'm providing the punch and sodas while the guests are all bringing a "creepy"
appetizer. Appetizer potlucks also cut down on the need for plates, forks and spoons. Total cost for punch and drinks: $15.00
Yard sale costumes: This year, we've shopped local yard sales looking for weird outfits and costumes that we could use for Halloween costumes. We found a pair of overalls for Dad, a pair of Hulk gloves for our youngest and my teenager found a brown cape that is Jedi approved. Total cost for costumes: $5.00 (Yep, I feel good about this one!)
Cheap decorations: I admit we do have some spooky decorations left from years past but usually we add to our frightening collection. Not this year! Instead, we've raked leaves into apple baskets and set them on the porch. We used some old packing foam inserts for tombstones and a ripped old sheet became a ghost in a tree. Closer to Halloween, we'll be using chalk to create a murder victim outline on our front porch. Total for the decorations: $10 (That's for pumpkins!)
Old fashioned candy: I wish it were socially acceptable to give away popcorn balls but that's not possible. I can't blame parents for that decision though. However, I'm not dishing out $10 bags of Hershey's candies. I'm giving away old-fashioned (cheap) candy this year. Peanut butter kisses, hard candies and suckers are what trick or treaters will find at the la casa Bullock. I may not be the hit of the neighborhood but I'll save money. Total candy costs: $15.00
I plan on kicking off this holiday season with a few pranks and puns and a whole lot more money in my pocket!
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