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How to Save on Halloween Costumes Online - Today Only a Groupon Deal and Target Daily Deal


One of the hallmarks of our age of consumerized parenting is the Halloween costume. Last week I heard a mom complaining that her daughter's costume of choice selected from a catalog was sold out before the end of August. It always makes this Frugalista feel like she's from another planet when she hears a parent bemoan her missed opportunity to spend $30 or more on a few pieces of fabric shoddily sewn together. OK, there are some quality costumes out there too, but they're even more expensive. And don't even get me started on the seasonal Halloween superstore.

Assuming that we are not going back to the days when kids put together their own costumes with pillowcases and odds and ends from the back of the closet, here are a few modern-day ways to avoid spending frightening amounts of money on Halloween costumes -- on the Internet, of course. Tomorrow I'll post about ways to save on costumes locally in the Chicago area. (So if you have a tip for Chicago costume savings, email me at carrielynnkirby AT today.)

  • Cute kid's sugar plum fairy costume is one of today's daily deals at 25% off, ships free.
  • Today there is an online Groupon available for CostumeHUB: $15 for a $30 credit, and it ships free if you spend $50 or more.
  • sells kids' costumes in its Halloween Boo-Tique, shipping is free on all costumes, and if it's your first order, use the coupon code CARR0281 to take off 15%.
  • Starting today, thredUP, the kids' clothing swap site, is doing special Halloween swaps. Select Halloween from a drop-down menu on the site, browse the boxes available, then pay $5 plus the cost of shipping to receive the box. In return, you agree to list a box of clothes for swap and mail it (postage free) when selected by another user. Listed on the site right now are a cow, a lion, a unicorn and other costumes. 
  • Through Tuesday only, use the coupon code SPOOKY10 at to take 10% off all Halloween costumes. Better yet, you can use two coupon codes on a single order at, so add the code SHIPFREE to make it, you guessed it, ship free. (Thanks, Mashup Mom.)
  • Zulily has multiple Halloween events running through 9/30: Le Top costumes and adorable outfits, Rubie's costumes, WishingWear costumes. This is pretty darn nice if you covet expensive, fancy Halloween costumes and your kids are flexible about what they want to be.
  • Freecycle is sort of a local/online hybrid, but let's mention it here. If you watch Freecycle listing for the next few weeks you will doubtless see costumes listed, or you can just ask your local Freecycle group for the exact costume you want.
  • Ebay's Halloween store is grand both for whole costumes and that one last accessory like the brown braids that turn just a girl in a blue dress into Dorothy. (Yes, there are lots of new items on Ebay, you don't have to wear a used wig.) And hey, they're offering free shipping on everything Halloween.

Photo by me. That's Nutmeg and Kit Kittredge, both wearing witch costumes made for them by Grandma. Disclosure: There's an affiliate link in this post.

Two Ways to Get Half Off on Photo Books and Other Photo Gifts


UPDATE: I just saw that there is a $10 off any code expiring today for Snapfish. The code is WOW10OFF, and while it doesn't cover shipping you can go to the site through Mr. Rebates to get 8% cash back to defray the shipping expense.

(Thanks, Money Saving Mom.)

Today's Groupon for Tulsa, which anyone can buy, is half off at -- the same company from which I recently ordered business cards. (I got them free with a coupon code that's, alas, no longer available.) You pay $25 and get $50 to spend on the site, which sells photo calendars, cards and other custom stuff.

Or, use the coupon code BOOK29 on Shutterfly through Sept. 22, and get 50% off a variety of photo books. (Shutterfly also has a coupon code for free shipping with orders over $30 -- SHIP30. Probably can't be combined.)

In either case, going throughthe rebate site will get you back some or all of the shipping cost -- they're paying 14% cashback for Zazzle and 10% back for Shutterfly.

These things make great gifts, although it is a little early in the year to start compiling holiday photo books for the grandparents. Surely you'd want to get at least Halloween in there.

Photo from Shutterfly. Disclosure: There are some affiliate links in here.

Have a Lot of ExtraBucks to Burn? CVS to Sell $100 Laptop



CVS is reportedly planning to sell a Sylvania netbook laptop for just $99.99 this fall, according to Engadget. Specs aren't available, but if it's anywhere near as capable as the other netbooks on the market -- I use one to write this blog -- that's an amazing price. Especially if you, like me, like to blow all your ExtraBucks you've been rolling all year and start fresh in the new year.

Looks like they're also offering an e-book reader for $180, which seems like a terrible deal, considering that Amazon now sells a Kindle for $139.

(And I'm not just saying that because that's an affiliate link to Amazon. Which, disclosure disclosure, it is.)

Photo source: Engadget.

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