Costume swaps: An 'eek-o-friendly' alternative
Instead of buying and discarding costumes each October, trade last year's model for a new Halloween look.
Trade in last year's look for a brand-new alter ego on National Costume Swap Day, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 8, in 24 states and Calgary, Alberta.
It's a frugal alternative because you'll be trading. And it's also green -- or, as the organizers put it, "eek-o-friendly."
According to the Green Halloween website, "Costume swaps not only mean less resources are used to make new product, it also means less packaging, less transportation of the product and less waste (from products being trashed as they sadly often are)."
Green Halloween, which is sponsoring the event along with Swap.com and Kiwi Magazine, has a swap finder tool on its site. If no such events are planned near you, why not create and register your own event?
what you'll need to do.
A third option is the online costume swap. Green Halloween comes through once more, with the following list:
the Freecycle Network, and doing an online search for parent groups in your area that might be planning swaps or that have forums where you could look for costumes for your kids.
No luck? Try watching Amazon.com's "Lightning Deals" section and other deal sites. For example, My Bargain Buddy recently highlighted $3.99 children's costumes based on the original "Star Trek" series -- perfect for your frugal little fanboy. No doubt other low-cost deals are on the way.
Search sites such as Cheap Uncle, Rather Be Shopping, RetailMeNot and Savings.com for percent-off and free-shipping coupons. Cash-back shopping sites such as Ebates, Fat Wallet, Mr. Rebates and Shop At Home offer both coupons and rebates -- and as Halloween gets closer, the cash-back rates will probably go up.
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