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This Halloween, don’t go overboard with your holiday spending. Here are some tips to have a fun, spooky night on a budget.

• Make your own costume. Find items in your closet that can be transformed into a costume or visit local thrift shops or vintage stores for low-cost outfits. Vintage Ooollee on Broad Street has pieces that make great costumes. You might also find costume items at Goodwill, The Salvation Army Thrift Store and Catholic Social Services.

If you lack creative skills or prefer to buy a costume, Kmart has all Halloween costumes and capes on sale this week for 40 percent off. The sale lasts through Saturday. Through Oct. 25, Family Dollar has costumes on sale for $6 to $10.

• Buy candy at dollar stores or on sale at local retailers. At Dollar Tree, all items are $1 every day, and the store has a large selection of candy. This week at Kroger, select varieties of Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, Butterfinger, Baby Ruth are 10 for $10 with the Kroger Plus card.

• Don’t splurge on decorations. You’re probably only going to use them once a year, so use low-cost decorations such as streamers or make your own with construction paper, poster boards, markers and paint.

• For party treats, find sale items in local grocery store sales ads. This week at Kroger, Ruffles potato chips and Tostitos tortilla chips are two for $5 and Pepsi soft drinks are five for $5.55 with the Kroger Plus card. Starting Wednesday, Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red (32 ounces) is $1 at Walmart through next Tuesday.

Instead of buying Halloween cookies or cupcakes, make your own with Pillsbury Halloween Funfetti Cake Mix and frosting, which are $1.25 each at Walmart starting Wednesday. You can also make your own caramel or candy apples.

Here’s a recipe from Walmart for Witch’s Brew: Combine the following ingredients for a tasty party drink: 48 ounces of lemon-lime soda, 64 ounces of red fruit punch, 1/2 cup of lemon juice, 32 ounces of club soda, 24 ounces of orange juice and one quart of fruit sherbert.

COUPONS

Today’s issue of The Augusta Chronicle has $1,637.32 in coupons. This includes $8.12 at Kmart, $14 at Rite Aid, $324.30 in SmartSource, $28.60 in RedPlum, $39.54 in P&G, $60.46 at Walgreens and $1,162.30 at Harbor Freight.

The RedPlum insert has a coupon to save $1 on any one Suave Body lotion product. It expires Nov. 13.

Holiday shopping

Christmas Layaway: Layaway is back at Walmart. Starting Monday, Walmart shoppers can place eligible toys, electronics and fine jewelry items on layaway. The offer lasts through Dec. 16, excluding Nov. 25. A 10 percent down payment and nonrefundable $5 fee apply.

Customers must make a minimum total purchase of $50, and a minimum price of $15 per item is required. A $10 cancellation fee will be charged for orders that are not paid for and picked up by Dec. 16.

20 percent off

At OfficeMax: If customers bring the OfficeMax flier in today's newspaper to the store through Saturday, they will save 20 percent on their purchase. The coupon is valid on regular, sale, promotional and clearance items. Some restrictions apply. The offer cannot be used for HP ink and toner, monitors, printers, projectors, TVs, scanners, computers, gift cards and several other items. Limit one per customer.

Grocery store savings

Fuel Discount: Bi-Lo customers can get an extra 25 cents off per gallon of gas with the store's Fuelperks program when they get a flu shot at Bi-Lo and use their Bi-Lo Bonuscard. The offer is effective Wednesday through Nov. 8. It is not valid for use by beneficiaries of federal and state health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Produce Sale: This week at Kroger, shoppers can get Gala or Granny Smith apples and jumbo yellow sweet onions at 10 pounds for $10. Hass avocados and red bell peppers are on sale for 10 for $10. The sale lasts through Saturday.

Through Oct. 25, Kroger customers can visit www.kroger.com/cartbuster to download a special Deal of the Day during Kroger's Cart Buster Savings Event.

At Publix, Bartlett pears are 88 cents a pound, sweet onions are 99 cents a pound, cucumbers are two for $1 and Royal Gala apples are $1.29 a pound through Tuesday. Publix also has many buy one, get one free items, including Welch's Essentials Juice Cocktail Blend, Wish-Bone dressing, Gatorade Thirst Quencher, Campbell's Select Harvest Soup and Keebler Town House Crackers. The sale ends Tuesday.

Free Turkey: Through Nov. 26, Ingles customers can earn a free turkey. For each shopping trip totaling $50 or more, shoppers will earn one point when they use their Ingles Advantage card. An update will print at the bottom of each receipt. Customers must collect six points to earn a free, 12- to 14-ounce frozen Butterball Turkey. Limit one free turkey per household.

Shoppers must scan their Ingles Advantage card for the points to be recorded. Receipts will not be accepted. To qualify, the purchase must be $50 or more excluding coupons, tax, money orders, gift cards, postage stamps, event tickets, alcohol, tobacco, fuel or discounts. Ingles has locations in Wrens, Louisville and Washington, Ga.


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