You need to get the kids dressed up for Christmas, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend. Oh no. Don’t worry about it. There’s more than one way to get the job done without breaking the bank. You’ll need to be a bit creative, but take a cue from other savvy parents and you shouldn’t have too much trouble pulling this off.
Look For Coupons
If you need Christmas costumes for a play or some other event, coupons might be your best friend. Websites like SumoCoupon warehouse hundreds of coupon codes for major retailers and wholesalers. Aside from that, there’s Google and Bing. Use them. Really, finding coupon codes is as simple as typing in “[your costume] + coupon” into a search engine.
Combing through results pages might not be all that fun, but saving money will be. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, it’s time to go shopping. While there are deals to be had in retail stores, a lot of the deals you’re going to find will be online – even with shipping costs. So, don’t sit on a deal. Buy t now, because it’s going to take a few days to ship to you.
Have a DIY Party
A DIY party can be an excellent way to make your own costume without the hassle of going out to a store. Take old clothes and get creative. Kids are surprisingly resourceful, if you let them be. Plus, if you’re a DIY kind of person, there’s almost nothing you can’t make with a decent garage, a set of basic tools, a sewing machine, and a little creativity.
For example, let’s suppose you need costumes for a Nativity play. You can rush out and buy pre-made clothing, but there’s no need to do this. Just take old, ratty, clothing and transform it using a sewing machine. There are countless free resources online to help you piece together period-appropriate clothing. You’ll be surprised at just how easy this is to pull off.
Get Creative With Arts and Crafts
Get creative with glue, sparkles, and DIY-type of clothing modification tools. For example, a quick trip to the arts and crafts store can turn up everything you need from foam to beads, to button hole punchers and fasteners that can be attached to existing clothing.
You can even swing over to a fabric store and buy your own fabric to make your own clothes. Yes – make your own clothes. Since this is a costume, you don’t need to worry about getting everything to fit exactly right. You just need it to be good enough for everyone involved to get the basic idea.
That’s not to say to say you should do a poor job on it or that DIY projects are necessarily bad. It’s just that you’re not making an entire wardrobe for your child. You’re only making one costume. And costumes tend to be at least somewhat extravagant or exaggerated versions of normal cloths. Have fun with it.
Russell Matthews enjoys the challenges of home money management. He often blogs about effective strategies for living well on a budget.
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