I have always been a conscientious shopper. I never leave the house without my coupon folder, always use my club card and always comparison shop before I purchase. That’s why I’m a huge fan of shopping online. Bargain hunting and price comparison is quick and easy. So naturally I planned to purchase our Halloween costumes online this year.
This year, we have a costume party to attend and I thought it would be fun to dress in theme costumes like superhero or Disney characters. We weighed the options and finally settled on The Incredibles because they worked so well as a family costume.
I love the ease and convenience of online shopping and I know I had many online Halloween costume stores to peruse. My goal was to find the costumes at the lowest price. I Googled “cheap costumes” and saw an ad for www.costumediscounters.com that offered “Guaranteed Lowest Prices Plus Free Shipping.” That had my name all over it. I place my order and a week later I had my 3 costumes: Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible Child Costume and….Another child costume? Where was my adult Mrs. Incredible costume? Apparently they made a mistake and sent two girl’s costumes instead of one girl’s costume and one women’s costume.
The only thing that makes shopping online a nuisance and expense is if you have to return something. But, when I called the customer service number for Costume Discounters, the exchange turned out to be easy, pleasant and best of all – FREE. I explained the problem. They were very apologetic and quick to act. They processed an order for the correct costume and I was directed to an online exchange site that allowed me to print a return UPS shipping label right from my own printer. The customer service rep walked me through the whole thing which only took a few minutes. I brought the package to my office the next day and dropped it in the UPS drop box in the parking lot and that was that. I didn’t cost anything extra, took almost no time and I had my costume in the correct size a few days later.
Nothing beats shopping online for bargains except maybe buying from a company that has low prices, great service and free exchanges. It couldn’t get any easier or inexpensive as it did with Costume Discounters.com
Note from Frugal Dad: For fun, feel free to share what you (or the kids) will be dressed up as this Halloween. Are you planning a homemade Halloween costume, or will you give an online discounter a try? Or, if you don’t recognize Halloween, what are your plans? We’ll be attending our kids’ school Fall Festival.