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Last-minute ideas for Halloween costumes

With Halloween only five days away, time is running out to find Halloween costumes and Halloween decorations for this year.

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The staff here at PennySaverUSA is here to help. We’ve come up with a slew of Halloween costume ideas for you to consider. And of course, all of them are very inexpensive and can be done on a budget. Take a look at the suggestions:

  • Han Solo and Princess Leia (for a couple), but reverse the roles, so the man dresses up like Leia and the woman dresses up as Hans.
  • Characters from your favorite TV show. Some options include Mad Men, Jersey Shore or The Walking Dead.
  • This idea was taken from someone, but was kind of clever and very thrifty.  They were dressed all in black with real frizzy hair and had an assortment of clothing attached to them (hankies, a sock here and there,  undies, along with lint, string and some dryer sheets).  The costume was……………”Static Cling”.
  • Cover yourself in a large trash bag with a bunch of balloons,  make a sticker and be a bag of jelly beans.
  • A “picnic table”. Just get a red and white tablecloth and then hot glue some plastic food, a basket, some napkins, an empty soda can and plastic ants.
  • For a couple – Both people dress in black, but the woman puts a giant white “Z” on her black t-shirt.  The man then wears a giant white bra over his black t-shirt. Together, you are a “Zebra”.
  • For kids – one can go as ketchup and the other as mustard. A third can go as a hot dog.
  • Buy a classic men’s top hat (look for one in our Halloween online classifieds section) and an old tuxedo jacket with long tails.  Take a foam core board covered with fancy napkins, a childrens tea set and some pastires and glue it to the top of the top hat. Call yourself “The Mad Hatters Tea Party”.

Hopefully those ideas will assist you in finding that perfect Halloween costume. Check our Halloween online classifieds section for more ideas, and make sure to enter our Halloween Co$tume Bash for Cash online contest for a chance to win up to $300.

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One week left to enter our Co$tume Bash for Cash Contest for a chance to win $300

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Enter our Co$tume Bash for Cash online contest for a chance to win up to a $300 cash prize.

The entries are flowing in for PennySaverUSA.com’s Co$tume Bash for Cash online contest and the competition is intense. With Halloween less than a week away, we expect the submissions to get even better over the next few days.

You have through Nov. 1 to enter the Co$tume Bash for Cash online contest, because we wanted to give people a chance to send in their Halloween photos from this year.

If you are planning to wait, however, do keep in mind that some of the entries we’ve already received are nothing short of spooktacular.  To become a finalist, you better bring it with a costume that is truly epic.

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This online contest entry was shared on our Facebook page. Click on the image to visit our page and share yours now.

This online contest has two categories: Ghastly Grown-Ups (for adults) and Little Monsters (for kids). There will be one winner for each category and each winner will receive $250 … unless they have downloaded our new mobile phone garage sale app MOGASA, in which case the prize will rise to $300.

On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 2, we will pick three finalists for each category, and the winners will be determined by a three-day vote from Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Friday,  Nov. 4. We will then announce the winner in this very blog on Monday, Nov. 7.

MOGASA is completely FREE and lets you find and get directions to garage sales in you area. You can also post an ad for your garage sale through the app at no cost. Download it now for the iPhone or Android.

Should you be struggling to come up with costume ideas, we will put up a post on Thursday with suggestions from PennySaverUSA staffers. Included in the post will also post a funny video of what current and former employees dressed up as when they were kids. Stay tuned …

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Save Money Monday: Halloween costumes and decorations on a budget

Halloween is just around the corner. Two weeks from today, it will be time for costumes, candy and scary movies. This edition of Save Money Monday is dedicated to helping you get Halloween costumes and decorations on a budget.

The key to top-notch affordable Halloween costumes is often face paint.

Our friends over at Just Married With Coupons have an excellent recipe for making face paint at home to save even more money, or you can get it at any local party supply store.

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PennySaverUSA staffer Elizabeth came up with one of the better zombie Halloween costumes you’ll ever see just by using some killer face paint. See the photo at the right. The whole get-up cost her less than $10.

Another way to Save Money Monday on Halloween costumes and decorations is by purchasing used items. The perfect place to do that is through PennySaverUSA.com’s Halloween online classifieds section or by going garage sale hunting using PennySaverUSA’s new mobile garage sale app MOGASA on your iPhone (download it now).

If you prefer the new stuff, but don’t want to spend a fortune, there are plenty of online discount stores like Costume Kingdom or Halloween Express that sell Halloween costumes and decorations.

Perhaps the easiest way to plan phenomenal Halloween costumes and decorations is simply to use things you already own. Those old sheets you don’t know what to do with? They could make a riveting ghost. That scrap paper you have lying around? It could make some awesome decorations.

Once you’ve got your Halloween costumes all set, don’t forget to enter our Co$tume Bash for Cash online photo contest for a chance to win $300!

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PennySaverUSA.com has special section for buying and selling Halloween costumes

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Buy and sell Halloween costumes on PennySaverUSA.com.

Online classifieds are a phenomenal source for buying and selling Halloween costumes and decorations. To make that process even easier for you, PennySaverUSA.com has developed a special Halloween landing page, specifically for buying and selling Halloween costumes and decorations.

One of the most fun occasions of the year is dressing up in your Halloween costume and either attending a party or taking your child trick or treating. The problem is that it’s no fun to dress in the same costume year after year and it’s so expensive to annually buy a new one at the store.

PennySaverUSA.com solves those issues. You can sell your old Halloween costumes and use the money you make to buy yourself a new one all on our online classifieds Halloween landing page.

It’s a win-win situation. That person who was searching for the exact vampire costume you wore last year can buy it from you, enabling you to then buy that new Captain America costume you’ve had your eye on.

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While Halloween costumes are a blast, there is more to the holiday than just getting dressed up. Getting your house or apartment full of decorations can be just as much fun. Having trick-or-treaters drop by in amazement as the see the detail you put into your decorations is always satisfying. PennySaverUSA.com also has a Halloween decorations online classifieds section intended to help you make your place as spooktackular as possible.

And don’t forget … we also currently have Halloween paid icons available for just $2.50, so that even your online classifieds ads look sharp. You wouldn’t want to put up an ad for one of the awesome Halloween costumes you are selling and not include a snazzy Halloween icon, after all!

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We Have Decided On Our Costume Contest Winners!

After receiving an enormous number of costume contest entries, we knew that we had quite a task on our hands when it came to narrowing it down. The variety was amazing. The costumes ranged from wildly creative, scary, hilarious and quite peculiar. We have some seriously creative people out there in PennySaverUSA Land!

But, alas, not everyone can win, and we had to narrow it down to the Top Three. Although difficult, we loved the following costumes the most: Drum Roll please……………..

Our 1st Place Winner is: The Life-Sized Angry Birds!

These guys have made quite a splash on the Internet this past week with their homemade costumes inspired by the popular video game, Angry Birds. They actually blogged about making the costumes, go here to check it out.

Our 2nd Place Winner is: The Mad Hatter!

This cute little fella just won his parents $75!

Our 3rd Place Winner of $50 is: Mrs. Owl!

You know that we have to say that we found this costume to be quite a HOOT!

Congratulations to all of our winners and thanks so very much to everyone that entered! Go to our PennySaverUSA Facebook page to see more of the entered photos!

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Steals of the Week: Halloween Edition

Our Halloween Landing Page turned out to be quite a success and is full of colorful, crazy and reasonably priced items for Adults and Kids alike! We decided to dedicate this week’s installment of Steals of the Week to some great and entertaining deals that we came across in PennySaver Halloween land.

For any Star Wars fans out there, this is quite a find. This is a Rare Star Wars Ben Cooper Halloween Costume and Mask. It’s a Large 12 to 14, and fits a child 53″ to 58″.   It is a 1977 original and has the box that it came in. Quite a collectors item indeed!

Have the kids lay down the law with this Police Officer Costume in Harbor City, CA for 10 bucks! This boys costume is for sizes 8-10 and comes with a navy blue top, pants, hat and toy gun.

For any of you scary movie aficionados out there, give this a looky: This is a handmade, latex Michael Myers mask in Chicago, IL. They are signed and dated by the artist and there are only 2 left for $120 a piece!

Disney Fans: We have something for you! This person has an adult medium-sized, unisex, authentic Tigger costume that has never been worn. This will impress! It is located in Huntington Beach for $120.

Have you found any great Halloween deals? Comment below and tell us about them!

For any Star Wars fans out there, this is quite a find. This is a Rare Star Wars Ben Cooper Halloween Costume and Mask. It’s a Large 12 to 14, and fits a child 53″ to 58″. It is a 1977 original and has the box that it came in. Quite a collectors item indeed!

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What Costume Did You Wear To Trick-Or-Treat?

What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

As kids, we all dressed up to venture out into the night to retrieve the candy that was rightfully ours. By house number two, the costume was falling apart, the rubber band on the Spider-Man mask had broken and you had already eaten a week’s allowance of sugar by the time you got home and were ready to REALLY dig into that candy.
Ah, to be young. Our PennySaver Web Team recounts their earliest Halloween Costume memories.

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Dress Up For Halloween and Win!

Are you dressing up this year for Halloween? Send us a picture of you in your costume and you might win$250! The deadline is this Friday, Oct. 29, so you need to click HERE to enter as soon as possible!

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We have some funny, scary and completely crazy pictures coming in, and we’re having a blast going through them. We have some seriously creative PennySaver fans out there! We will be picking our 3 favorites this Friday and first place will go away with $250, second place gets $75 and 3rd place gets $50. We will be judging on originality, presentation and creativity. We’re so excited to see what you all have in store for us!

Here are the Requirements:
- Must be an original photo in either .jpg, .gif, or .png format. Any other format will not be accepted.
- Photo is subject to content restrictions and guidelines. Any photo violating our terms & conditions will be disqualified.
- By submitting your photo, you agree that you are the sole owner of the photo and PennySaverUSA.com has the right to use your photos for marketing purposes for an unlimited time frame.

Time is ticking away, submit your photos!

Click below the how to enter box HERE to see the official rules.

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Steals of the Week: Used Furniture, Pianos and Baby Costumes!

Today we bring you a hodgepodge of items that we came across on the PennySaverUSA.com website that are going for CRAZY cheap. You never know what kind of treasures you might find with just a quick search!

Check out this 1965 Black Upright Story and Clark Piano located in Calabasas Hills, CA. This could be a great vintage starter piano for someone special. The owner says that the piano is in good condition and comes with a matching bench, which opens for storage of music books. If you want to keep it vintage and learn on the real thing, this is the way to go, and it’s only going for $450.

Have you figured out what you’re going to dress the baby up as for Halloween? Well, thanks to our Halloween section on PennySaverUSA, we found this Angel/Devil costume in San Diego, CA for only 12 bucks! It comes with a head band with horns and halo combined. I’m sure it would be crazy cute on the little one!

Is your dryer on the fritz and junior’s clothes need to be washed sooner than later? Check out this amazing deal in Lomita, CA for a Kenmore Electric Dryer with accompanying dryer hose for only $65. This could get those clothes done in a jiffy!

This  Side Table in El Cajon, CA has a brass top insert and an Asian-style octagon sketch. The wooden base folds and the dimensions are 26″ x 24″ for this $25 item.

Have you found any great steals lately? Comment below!

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How To Save Money and Still Have A Fun Halloween

For parents of small children,  Halloween night is a special time for memories to be created and shared. Who ever said that you have to spend a lot of money to make Halloween fun for the kids? We’re here to tell you about multiple ways to save on costumes, decorations and treats.

The stores this time of year begin filling up with the newest styles of costumes for kids, and they can get rather expensive, especially with more than one child to dress up for the holiday. Halloween is one holiday where buying used items seems extremely reasonable. Most costumes are worn one time and then put away, so usually the elements of wear and tear aren’t issues. We are encouraging parents to sell their old costumes via classifieds to help other parents out and to make a little extra money to use for their own fun. Take a look at our Halloween page to see what is being offered up and what kind of deals you can find, and sell your old costumes while you’re at it! If you aren’t finding what you want you want, you can always try to make it from scratch, using items that you have around the house. So often, the best costumes are those that came from the imagination of the person wearing it. It can also create a great experience for a child and parent by allowing them to work together on such a fun project. We even have a section just for Halloween masks, which might be the hardest part of making a homemade costume look legit.

Halloween is a great time to decorate the house and yard with spooky gravestones, cobwebs and ghosts.  If you have decorations from years before, maybe it’s time to sell them to earn enough money to change it up this year. Some houses do the same theme every year; why not change things up and go scarier, or funnier? And if you want to save money, you can easily make your own scary decorations using household items. Create spider webs by pulling cotton apart, use old cardboard for gravestones, old sheets for ghosts, and the staple of Halloween, The Jack-O-Lantern! You can find hundreds of carving patterns free online, and you just need a few bucks to buy the pumpkins themselves.

After the trick-or-treating, you will probably have a few kids who have had too much sugar that need some activities to ride out the evening.  You can always take the kids to a “Haunted House”, but those can often be pricey and out of the way. If you decide to stay in, you can always show them the horror classics, such as The Wolfman or Frankenstein, that you can probably find at your local library or video store. These movies might scare the kids a bit, but are still very tame compared to a lot of what is out there today. And there are thousands of scary stories online to print and read to them to keep them on the edge of their seats!

As far as treats go, there is so much choice out there for Halloween candy, but sometimes the classics are the best. A bag of Candy Corn mixed in with a bag of peanuts is a delightful snack for the evening…. Easy, cheap and delicious.

Halloween doesn’t need to be expensive. It just needs to be fun!

Do you have any ideas for ways to save while preparing for Halloween? Comment below!

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