Stretching Your Shopping Budget With Surplus StoresStretching Your Shopping Budget With Surplus Stores

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Stretching Your Shopping Budget With Surplus Stores

When you're looking to get great products and even better prices, one of the things I've learned is how to shop surplus stores. When you shop a surplus store, you can buy overstock items from your favorite name brands at a fraction of the price. After shopping stores like this for many years, I've learned how to maximize my money when I'm looking at overstock like this. I created this site to help others learn how to save money on their shopping adventures as well. I hope that the information here helps you to better prepare for your next trip out and make the most of your budget.


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Seven Charming And Cheap Costume Ideas For Your Child

It doesn't make sense to spend a fortune on costumes for your infant or toddler, yet it is so much fun to see them in their unique ensembles. There are some great ideas that you can create for your little one, that are easy and inexpensive, and that will make some wonderful photos later on.

Try these seven cheap and charming costumes for your baby:

Pretty peacock

It is easy to give a little one the proud look of a beautiful peacock with some inexpensive peacock feathers, found in most arts and crafts stores. A tutu or tulle skirt makes the perfect foundation to attach several of these colorful feathers for the bird's plumage. Add another feather to a headband for a pretty finishing touch.

Colorful crayon

Dress your child from head to toe in an outfit that is uniform in color. Match this with a conical hat in the same shade, and secure it under the chin with ribbon or elastic. Use black electrical tape to write out the word "crayon" vertically down the chest or leg of the child's costume.

Mom's mermaid

There are so many adorable mermaid costumes found in stores for infants and toddlers, but it is very easy to create your own mermaid costume without any costly components. A tulle skirt or tutu that extends past the knee can be gathered around the knees with same-colored ribbon to echo the look of the mermaid's torso that leads down to the flipper.

Tiny super-hero

It is so easy to make a quick and simple super-hero costume for a child by crafting together a brightly colored cape. Secure this around the child's neck, and be sure to only allow the child to wear this when supervised for safety reasons.

A little octopus

Use a shirt or tee that hangs down to the hip and attach six octopus legs around the hem. These can be simply stuffed tubes of fabric or discarded socks filled with batting. Echo the color of the legs in the tights or pants worn to create the seventh and eighth leg of this cute creature.

A wee gnome

A super-simple costume for an infant, toddler, or even a school-aged child is a cute little gnome. The most prominent components of this get-up are the conical red gnome hat, and a wooly beard. On an infant, you might try a softer, crocheted or knit beard that secures to the sides of the cap.


Probably the easiest way to dress-up your infant is in a onesie. There are some great costumes and onesie ideas that you can choose, from a homemade spin on Charlie Brown to a pre-printed sushi design onesie for the baby. Another advantage is that these infant costumes are easy, safe, and comfortable for the child to wear.

Don't spend a fortune on pricey infant costumes. Instead, create your own adorable ensembles with simple, inexpensive items from around your home. Be sure to have your camera handy to capture how sweet your infant is in these seven clever baby costumes!