Save Money on Pumpkins for the Holidays

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The season of pumpkins is upon us and WHNT NEWS 19 decided to take action to find ways you can save money celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Even though it’s too late to grow your own, there are still ways to save money when looking for a pumpkin to display or eat!

There’s a nice display of pumpkins at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. The chief horticulturist there, Harvey Cotten, says now’s the time for a money-saving strategy for next year.

“You can buy your pumpkin this year for the seeds for next year,” said Cotten.

Meanwhile, money saving experts say a good way to save on pumpkins is shopping at a grocery store, which sells them by the pound.

At about 25 cents a pound, you can find a nice pumpkin for much less than you might  pay at a pumpkin patch.

Also, be on the look out for road side stands.  Farmers love to sell excess pumpkins and gourds at road side stands for a matter of pennies.

If you do venture out into a pumpkin patch, keep an eye out for mis-shapen pumpkins. Experts say farmers tend to discount them and they’re perfect for cooking.

Need some help carving a pumpkin?

WHNT NEWS 19 found a Facebook page that offers 50 different stencils for free.

Once carved, rub Vaseline on the carved areas to preserve it so it lasts longer.

On the other hand, some pinners on Pinterest recommend sparing the pumpkin and decorating them without a knife. has a slew of suggestions that keep the pumpkin in tact but have them looking very festive.

And you can help your pumpkin last longer by keeping an uncarved pumpkin out of direct sunlight.

After Halloween, just turn them around for Thanksgiving and you have decorations for that holiday.

Pumpkins freeze well too.  If you find a deal, stock up on them for cooking.  They are very nutricious.

As for deals at the local pumpkin patches, WHNT NEWS 19 found Lyon Family Farms in Taft, Tennessee, is offering a dollar off admission and a free hotdog every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through the season.

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