Wednesday, September 23, 2015

a plethora of pumpkins

It's officially fall! I've had my pumpkins out on my porch since school started a few weeks ago. I'm just a wee bit obsessed with anything pumpkin. And autumn. And pumpkin. You get the idea.
I love the look of pumpkins on a front porch. And not just one or two. I mean 10+ pumpkins. And if you buy real pumpkins year after year, it gets expensive fast.
My solution? Artificial pumpkins that you can use year after year. You just need to have a good place to store them in the off seasons. I've found the best artificial pumpkins are made by Funkins. They are relatively easy to carve and you can easily make them weighted so they don't blow away in the wind - more on that in tomorrow's post.
You can buy them online off of the funkins website, but they don't offer the savings that I can find in a larger retailer. So far, JoAnn fabrics is the best place I've found to buy them. I started stalking visiting Joann Fabrics' website ( on or shortly after Halloween when they have their Funkins on sale for at least 60% off. Then I use a coupon code from Fat Wallet to save even more money. If you do any shopping online and aren't already using Fat Wallet, sign up asap! I've saved well over four hundred dollars by going through their website over the years. It's free money and I like free money :)
Occasionally I'll visit a JoAnns store and see if I can find a good deal. Today I found Funkins for 40% off plus I had a 20% off my entire purchase coupon (sale AND regular price...SCORE!) by signing up for deal alerts on my smartphone by texting THREAD to 56266.
Over the years I've amassed a plethora of pumpkins. And they end up paying for themselves after a couple of years. I've carved some of the Funkins, but the majority I haven't so that I can use them for both fall and Halloween. We still get real pumpkins at our local farm, but only five or so, at least one per family member. We carve the real pumpkins and put them out amongst the uncarved Funkins and it looks great!
I absolutely love my pumpkins.
Do you have any tips or tricks to save money on real or fake pumpkins? If so, I'd love to hear it!

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