For a day that comes around just once a year, the amount we spend on a single-use costume can seem outrageous. In fact, it was reported in 2018 that Britons spent a total of £400 million on Halloween and this number is set to rise this year. Despite the obvious desire to have the best costume at the party, our wallets may start to protest!

The idea of sticking to a budget will often go out the window as we start to piece together our perfect costume. After all, what harm could come from spending a little extra on your dream fancy dress outfit! However, it’s important to think about where the money you spend on a costume could be better spent. Whether it’s the house deposit you’re saving towards or paying off your next lot of bills, here are four money saving tips from PIWoP, low price shopping experts, on how you can keep your costumes exciting yet affordable.

Go homemade

Homemade costumes are often kicked to the curb in favour of rubber masks and other pricey, store-bought items for the sake of ease, but the charm a homemade costume can bring is unsurpassable. Buying items you find around your home, as well as a few other cheap bits from craft stores, you would be surprised at the infinite number of interesting, hilarious and even thought-provoking costumes you will have at your disposal. Plus, your wallet will thank you for letting your creative side run wild.

Hold a costume swap with friends

It can be difficult to clear out old costumes – mainly because you’ve spent so much on them and feel that you haven’t got your money's worth. However, you are bound to have friends and family who feel the same way! If you’ve got friends eager to find new Halloween costumes, it’s only logical to start swapping. Why not host a swap party where everyone brings the costumes they want to get rid of and they must leave with something new! It doesn’t get much more satisfying than winning the costume contest without spending a penny.

Visit local charity shops

Charity shops aren’t only for discounted shoes and scratched DVDs. They also happen to be a goldmine for anything costume related. After all, the endless supply of second-hand clothes available makes for an infinite selection of new costumes. If none of the clothes tickle your fancy, then the fabrics might. A velvet jacket or floral-patterned skirt might just the perfect print or material for a DIY costume.

Try a price tracking tool

Let’s face it, it can be very difficult not to splash when you’re determined to get the spookiest look. By using a price drop alert tool, you can keep track of the price of any costumes you want to buy. You will receive an alert when it has dropped to a price you want to pay and from there you can purchase it.

At PIWoP, our low price shopping experts provide a unique price alert tool that tracks the price of the item you want. Our price tracker app scours the web every six hours until it finds the price you want to pay.

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