10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

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Do your children all need Halloween costumes, but your budget is tight? Or perhaps you and your significant other got invited to a Halloween party, but you don’t want to spend money on a costume you will never wear again? Learn how to snag Halloween costumes for less money, perhaps even for no money with these ten ways to save money on Halloween costumes.

Learn how to save money on Halloween costumes for your entire family.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

1. Raid The Dress-Up Box

The dress-up box is the first place I sent my children to find a costume when they were little. Since I once ran a licensed family daycare our family’s dress-up box probably offered more variety than most, but chances are if you have children eight and under in your home, your dress-up box probably has a few pieces that could be used for trick or treating.

In fact, even though my children are now 15 and up we still have a dress-up box of sorts that we store up in the attic full of hats and props from various plays and performances in which the children have taken part in the past few years. Perhaps your family has a box like this too? If so, go and raid it–the perfect free Halloween costume might be waiting in it.

2. Host A Halloween Costume Swap

If the dress-up box only turns up costumes that have been worn so many times that your family just can’t bring themselves to wear them one more year, get some new-to-you outfits by hosting a Halloween costume swap with your friends.

Tell six or so families to come to your house at a set date with lightly used Halloween costumes in tow. You can make the night more fun by including a meal–potluck style of course! After dinner put everyone’s names in a hat and the first person whose name is drawn gets first pick. Continue until you are out of names. Any costumes that were not taken can be donated to your local thrift store.

Psst…you can save money on many different items by hosting trading parties. Here is a list of 10 Money Saving Swap Parties Thrifty People Throw and one with 7 Christmas Themed Swap-it Parties.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

3. Shop At The Dollar Store

In our town Dollar Tree usually has a great selection of Halloween costume items each year. These are generally costume props like fairy wings or wigs, but if you need just a few things to finish off your finds from the first two ideas on this post, your local dollar store just might have exactly what you are looking for.

4. Shop At Hollar

Hollar is an online low-cost variety store. I have been shopping with them for over a year now and have been happy with almost everything I have ordered. During the Halloween shopping season, they have a Halloween category that includes complete costumes for kids as little as $7.15. These include popular superhero costumes. They have costumes in adult sizes too starting at around $10.

Use my referral link here and get $5 off your order when you create an account. Your first order ships free (must be $10 or more) (offer could change at any time).

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

5. Use What Is Already In Your Closet

That black dress you never wear could become part of a pirate or witch costume. That red sweater that always was a bit on the big side could be the start of an M&M costume. Put on your outside the box thinking cap and if that fails, search Pinterest for homemade costume ideas for inspiration–trust me, the odds are hight that perfect costume for you is already hanging in your closet.

6. Raid The Recycling Bin

A friend of mine made an awesome costume one year by taping cereal boxes from her recycling box in various ripped up states to an old sweatshirt and then splashed it with red spray paint. She was a “cereal killer.”

Of course, you could always go with the less dramatic robot made out of boxes and grey paint.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

7. Shop Thrift Stores

Thrift stores in the weeks before Halloween will often put costumes on one rack at the front of the store. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to this one rack. Vintage clothing exists all through the store. Become a child of the 90s, 60s or 50s depending on what you find.

Psst…here are my tips to saving as much as possible when shopping at Goodwill

8. Shop ThredUp

ThredUp is an online consignment store with a HUGE selection of items. They have a Halloween section available every year. I didn’t see many costumes in adult sizes, but I did see a vast selection available in children’s sizes and at good prices too.

Use my referral link here to get $10 off your first ThredUp order.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes

9. Shop Poshmark

Poshmark is another online consignment store, but unlike ThredUp you buy straight from the seller. They also have a Halloween costume section.

Use the code SNAILPACER when you sign up using the Poshmark App and save $5 on your first order.

10. Shop Swap.com

Swap is a lot like ThredUp, but they sell more than just clothing items. They too have a huge selection of gently used Halloween costumes at great prices.

Bonus Tip: Make Sure To Shop For Next Year After Halloween This Year

This tip right here will have you picking up brand new Halloween costumes for up to 90% off. The trick is not to go shopping the first day after Halloween unless you want a particular costume. Instead, wait at least a week or so. At that time retailers usually mark down leftover costumes to 75% off or more.

These sales are also a gold mine for Christmas gifts for little ones in the dress up stage.

Thrifty readers, what tips would you add to my list?

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15 Essential Tools For An RV Toolkit–Don’t Travel Without These!

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RV troubles never seem to happen where it is convenient. Instead, they happen miles from an RV dealership during a tightly packed travel agenda- which is why having the right tools in your RV toolkit is essential.

RV troubles never seem to happen where it is convenient, which is why having the right tools in your RV toolkit is essential.

At least that is what we found when we spent 22 weeks on the road in a 27-foot travel trailer. By the end of the trip, my husband became great at fixing just about any problem that came up thanks to having the right tools and a bit of help from either YouTube or a friendly RV park neighbor.

15 Essential Tools For An RV Toolkit

1. Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue saved the day quite a few times. The biggest being when there was an accident in the trailer that caused some flooring to be gouged and we were able to smooth it out and re-glue it almost as good as new. It takes several minutes to find it–well at least it does for everyone but the person who accidentally caused it–they still feel terrible about that one. Eh! Mistakes happen and Gorilla Glue fixes them.

2. Gorilla Tough & Wide Duct Tape

Our roll of Gorilla Tough & Wide Duct Tape was a life saver! My husband used at least half the roll during our 22-week trip.  One thing it helped fix were holes in our awning caused when we slipped on ice and hit a building. Luckily that was the only damage.  My husband also used this tough and wide duct tape to help seal a small hole that developed in our roof (we don’t know what caused it).

There are of course hundreds of different brands of duct tape out there, but my husband insists the Gorilla Tough & Wide Duct tape is the best out there. It sticks better than any other duct tape we have tried.

15 Essential Tools For An RV Toolkit--Don't Travel Without These!

Custer State Park visited during Week 22 of our trip

3. Multi-Fold Step Ladder

If your travel trailer or RV didn’t come with a handy ladder attached to it, you are going to want to purchase one. You need to be able to get up on the roof of your rig to perform regular maintenance and repair. If you have a slide-out, you need the ladder to clean off the roof before you pull it in for travel. This particular type of ladder folds small, making it easier to store.

4. Level

A level is critical for making sure you are not sleeping in a slanted RV.

 

15 Essential Tools For An RV Toolkit--Don't Travel Without These!

Kolob Canyon visited during week 21 of our trip

5. Good Quality drop cloth

Sometimes you have to crawl under your travel trailer to figure out the source of whatever problem you might be having. When you do, putting down a drop cloth first will make the job much more comfortable. You could also use a tarp that could double as backup roof protection should your roof spring a leak, but a plastic tarp it isn’t as comfortable to work on as a cotton drop cloth.

 

6. Hatchet

If you want to make s’mores, you are going to need firewood. Even if you get the pre-cut stuff available at the campsite, a hatchet could still come in handy to break a piece into kindling to get your fire going faster. My husband also used the blunt end of the hatchet as a hammer a few times.  Of course, you could just add a hammer to your RV toolkit.

psst…a great twist on the classic s’more is this recipe for chocolate chip cookie s’mores

15 Essential Tools For An RV Toolkit--Don't Travel Without These!

Yellowstone visited during week 19 of our trip

7. 18-Volt Drill

We used our 18-volt drill every single time we set up our trailer at a new campsite with #9 attached to it (more on why in a second). The drill also came in handy numerous times for various fixes including tightening up the screws in the camper’s dining room table several times. Those dinette tables get wiggly fast–especially if you are breaking them down into a bed each night like we were.

8. Large Drill Bit Set

When you have a drill, you need a drill bit set…kinda hard to use your drill without one.

 

15 Essential Tools For An RV Toolkit--Don't Travel Without These!

Atlanta Aquarium visited during week one of our trip

9. Leveling Scissor Jack Socket

Our RV repairman showed us the power of a leveling scissor jack socket attached to a drill as we were hooking up our trailer after its first repair before our long road trip with it. When my husband saw how much time it saved over doing the job manually, he was sold. The leveling scissor jack socket was in the Amazon shopping cart the minute we got home.

 

10. Large Adjustable Wrench

Make sure your wrench is large enough to adjust and maintain your hitch.  If you don’t have a travel trailer like us, but instead an RV or a fifth wheel you might not need one as big, but having one in your toolkit will still be handy.

 

15 Essential Tools For An RV Toolkit--Don't Travel Without These!

Death Valley visited during week 9 of our trip

11. Caulking gun and silicone

Minor leaks do develop and when they do they are a lot easier to fix with a caulking gun filled with a bottle of silicone.

12. Electrician’s Pouch with tools plus Electrical Test Kit 

If you are not an electrician, it is, of course, unwise to do major electrical repairs–but that isn’t what we used these tools for. Our battery wasn’t working properly, and the electrician’s pouch with tools and the electrical test kit helped us find the source of the problem and get it fixed with the help of a handy retired RV mechanic who just happened to be camping next to us.

This kit also came in handy when our trailer signal lights were not functioning properly. Using the tools allowed us to figure out where the problem was originating and then YouTube how to fix it. With this knowledge, we discovered all we needed was a small fuse that could be picked up for a few dollars at a local auto parts store.

13. Assorted container with small screws, nuts, and bolts

Things like cupboard door hinges and such in travel trailers jiggle lose with repeated travel. Having a container of screws, nuts, and bolts makes fixing these things a breeze.

 

15 Essential Tools For An RV Toolkit--Don't Travel Without These!

Mabel Lake visited during week 15 of our trip

2 Tools To Add For The Serious RV Traveler

These last two tools probably are not needed if the only place you take your RV to is the campsite an hour outside your town on long weekends. However, if you are planning to travel farther and longer, you might want to consider these purchases.

14. Pancake Air Compressor & Air Impact Gun

Tire inflation is pretty important when it comes to safe RV traveling. Having an air compressor with an air impact gun along on your travels will make tire inflation a lot easier. Who wants to try and maneuver a big travel trailer or fifth wheel around a gas station to get to their self-pay air stations when you don’t have to? Plus the air compressor comes in super handy for filling bike tires, inflatable beach toys and more.

If you are wondering where to store such a big item, my husband stored ours in the back of our truck, but it could have fit under our bed in the travel trailer too -it just would not have been as easy to gain access to.

Truth time: I thought my husband was going overboard with this purchase, but within a few weeks of our five and a half month trip I saw he wasn’t. He used it at least once a week and sometimes more. One time it saved us from having to wait around for a tow truck to rescue us after our trailer tire started leaking air during a long travel day. He was able to fill the tire up enough to get us to our campsite and then use his Hydraulic Bottle Jack (#15 on this list) to hold up the trailer while he got the tire off to take in for repair. Meaning we kept our home to sleep, eat and hang out in, instead of losing it to the repair shop.

15.Hydraulic Bottle Jack, 20 Ton

If you do need to get your tire off for repair, having a hydraulic bottle jack is essential–that and the knowledge of how to use it properly (YouTube should help with that). As I said above, having the jack saved us from having to take our whole trailer to the repair shop. This saved us money and time.

Fellow RV owners–have I missed anything? Tell me in the comments what you would add to my list.

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15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

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I don’t know about you, but I know sometimes I really struggle with discontentment. Most times it lingers in the background and thankfulness is stronger. And then there are those days that I feel more like a green envy monster that wants everything I don’t have. Like my neighbor’s car, my friend’s house, the bigger blogger’s earnings, the hair of the lady in front of me and for goodness sake, why can’t I have the body I had at 20 again–this time I would appreciate it more!

On those raging with discontentment days, it is often something I read that will help me calm down and realize I have enough already. Sometimes it isn’t even a book I read that day, but one I read years ago that planted a seed of contentment and gratitude in my heart.

 

Boost your contentment and gratitude with these books!

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Financial & Consumer Contentment

1. More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity

Do you really need more? Or could you get by with less? Could you share what you have already and still have enough? The book More or Less will challenge you to think through all these questions and more. Most of us all have some type of excess in our lives and we can help change the world by sharing it.

2. Enough: Finding More by Living with Less

When is enough, enough? What is your financial enough? Are you striving for the right financial things? If you lived on less could you do more? These are the questions Enough: Finding More by Living with Less will help you work through.

3. Enough, Revised and Updated: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity

Enough is a tiny book, but its pages are packed with wisdom that will help you become more financially content, overcome financial fears and discover joy through simplicity and generosity.

4. Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption

Seeking a happy, contented life means swimming against the current of our consumerism society. Satisfied will help open your eyes to which way you have been floating in the consumerism pond and how to start paddling towards the shore of a contented, satisfied life.

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Self Contentment

5. Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful: Embrace Your Quirks and Live Your Strengths

I LOVED this book! If you have a quirky personality like me, chances are you need the message of Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful. Guess what? Your unique personality is exactly what this world needs.

6. Free to Be Me: Becoming the Young Woman God Created You to Be

So this book was written for young adults, but even though I am above 40 years old now I got a self-contentment boost when I read Free to Be Me.

7. Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough

If you have ever been told that you need to turn your personality down a little or that you need to be more, then Wild and Free might be just the book you need to be content in all you are.

8. A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live

You are an artist–yes, you. Stop listening to your inner critic that says you are not an artist just because you can’t draw, sing, or write and start seeing the art you create in your everyday life. That is what you will find when you read A Million Little Ways.

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Mom Life Contentment

9. Longing for Paris: One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure—Right Where She Is

If in the middle of sweeping up Cheerios for the millionth time this week you have found yourself thinking, “Is this really all there is to my life?” Then Longing for Paris is the book for you. Learn how to find beauty and adventure in the often mundane mom life.

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Home Sweet Home Contentment

10. The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful

Learn how to let your personality shine in your home so that you love every inch of it, imperfections and all. That is what The Nesting Place will help you do–and in a way that doesn’t cost you money you don’t have.

11. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

Is all that stuff making you happy or is it making you more discontent? Within the pages of The More of Less, learn how to say no to more stuff so you can say yes to more life.

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Life Stories That Will Inspire You To Grow In Contentment And Generosity

12. Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough

Is the pursuit of a safe life keeping you from living a contented life? The author of Rhinestone Jesus admits it was for her and when she pushed it aside to follow a crazy plan God placed in her heart, the results were simply amazing. Many lives have been dramatically changed for the better because of the work Kristen Welch said yes to.

13. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

The heart of the author of Kisses from Katie is WOW! I can’t think of a better word to describe Katie–a teenager whose heart for orphans is so HUGE! (well, she isn’t a teenager now, but she was when she started her work).

15 Books That Will Plant Seeds Of Contentment And Gratitude Within Your Heart

Growing A Heart Of Gratitude

14. One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Learn how to see the gifts in even the littlest of things around you is key if you want to live a contented life. One Thousand Gifts will help you do just that.

15. Purchase And Use A Gratitude Journal

The daily practice of writing down a few things I am thankful for each day before I go to bed has dramatically affected my contentment and gratitude. I started with a simple dollar store, week-at-a-glance calendar that I created a cute cover for. But a few years back I received a five years at a glance journal and have been using it instead–(it is similar to this five year one). I enjoy being able to see what I was thankful for a year ago and the year before that.

There are, of course, journals made specifically for gratitude entries. Pick what suits your pocketbook and personality best.

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