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By Scott Jones

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 16, 2014)– If you’re planning a Halloween party, or just want to find an inexpensive costume, here are a few guidelines.  The first tip is about when to buy.

“If you really can wait and prepare for next year, I always go out on November the first and I pick up Halloween decor for the following year.

I’ve always saved 75% off,” said Andrea Woroch, money saving expert.

That’s a great idea if you can plan ahead.  But it doesn’t really work for candy, unless you want year old candy.  For sweets, and even costumes, hold off if you can!

“So for instance, at CVS, or a local drug store, they will start to dramatically reduce the prices on any left over candy the day before and the day of Halloween.

That’s because they know they won’t be able to sell those Halloween decorated items after the holiday,” said Woroch.

And don’t forget to stalk the thrift stores, and not just for the price!  Often times your local thrift store will have elaborate costumes they got from a local theater that was trying to get rid of the different outfits they had for their shows.  If you can find something like that, it will be more unique and you’ll spend a lot less.

Another idea is to spend even less by digging up deals and finding coupons online.  There are plenty to choose from!

“For instance, at CouponSherpa there’s a Halloween category page which has hundreds of different on-line coupon codes, specifically for Halloween. They have coupon codes for Spirit Halloween and for Buy costumes.com, and often times they offer free shipping,” said Woroch.

The final tip is to shop the unknown for you or your friend.

“I love discount retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  They often have variouis costumes 60% off.  At Home Goods in fact, I found pet costumes,” said Woroch.

So, if you don’t want to find yourself in debt, use these tips.  After all, experts says, Halloween is the second most expensive holiday for consumers, behind Christmas!