How to Cure the Post-Halloween Blues: Go Shopping for Halloween Deals!
As you may have figured out from my previous blogs, Halloween is my absolute favourite holiday. So you’re probably thinking that yesterday, on November 1st, I woke up with a fun-size chocolate bar hangover, tired and depressed that it was all over again this year… and you would be WRONG!
Since I’m too old to trick or treat (or at least that’s what everyone tells me…I was one of those kids who trick or treated until they were 16…the only time I was thankful for being so short!), November 1st is my time to go trick or treating for some sweet post-Halloween deals! You can find some amazing deals the day after Halloween on decorations and costumes which will save you a ton a money for next Halloween!
Yesterday I headed out bright and early to the local Shoppers Drug Mart in search of some spooky decorations to use next year in our makeshift haunted house (I actually think our house may be haunted but my husband has told me sternly that if I try to summon the ghosts with the Ouija board, he’ll move out. What a scaredy cat! LOL)
I started to snicker when I walked through the doors of Shoppers; several staff members were frantically pulling Halloween skeletons and ceramic pumpkins from the shelves and sticking clearance stickers on them while other stafff simultaneously opened up boxes of Christmas decorations and placed them on the same shelves. There’s literally no time for consumers to mourn when it comes to holidays… “Attention! Attention! The reign of the Halloween holiday is officially over…long live the new holiday Christmas!!!”
From the fallen Halloween wreckage, I managed to find some pretty amazing deals on some really cool decorations for next year. Here’s what I left with in my trick or treat bag:
This next little guy will definitely be used as an annoying “trick” at next year’s Halloween party:
This ghoulish guy will look great peering out our window with its’ glowing red eyes:
And of course I needed a festive decoration for the door:
Finally I found the perfect scary decoration to put out for the trick or treaters next year to give them a fright. It’s so good, it could be straight from Disney’s Haunted Mansion!
Okay! Okay! I lied. There were a couple of more things I couldn’t resist buying. One is for my son next year and one is for me. Can you guess which is which?
Here is a breakdown of what I paid for each item compared to what it originally cost on Oct.31:
Pirate Tombstone: paid $5.99 (original price $19.99)
Bad to the Bones Grim Reaper: paid $5.99 (original price $24.99!!! Crazy!)
Grinning light up Skull: paid $4.99 (original price $14.99)
Skull Wreath: paid $5.99 (original price $19.99)
Book of Dark Magic: paid $9.99 (original price $29.99)
Box of Chocolate bars: paid $5.50 (original price $13.00)
Skull flashlight: paid $1.99 (original price $4.99)
After all was said and done, I left Shoppers spending $40.44 for all of this and I saved $87.50!!! Well worth the trip!
So all you adults who love Halloween and miss trick or treating, grab those recyclable shopping bags and head on out today to find some great Halloween deals of your own! I’d love to hear what some of you find!
Coupon tip of the week: Shoppers Drug Mart offers a great points program called the Optimum club. You can earn points on everything you buy and then use those points towards your next purchases. They also offer Optimum points club days almost every month where you can earn up to 20x the points on your purchases when you spend $50 or more. This is a great way to earn extra savings on things you normally buy. On club days, I buy everyday food items like milk, eggs, cheese, cereal etc. as well as any cleaning or baby items on sale and I usually leave with at least $25 worth of points towards my next purchase, if not more. Points programs are also available at many grocery stores and are a great way to save money!