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‘May the Fourth Be With You,’ shoppers

Look for sales on Star Wars products on May 4. And “May the Fourth Be With You.”
Look for sales on Star Wars products on May 4. And “May the Fourth Be With You.” AP

“May the Fourth Be With You” may be one of the most brilliant marketing tactics ever. For Star Wars fans, it’s the perfect opportunity to let a little nerdiness shine, if only for one day. If you have little ones in the house who are fans, this is also a great time to snag some deals and get in the spirit!

So many deals

Star Wars is an incredibly popular franchise, therefore anything bearing the name or logo usually comes with a steeper price tag. Except on May 4. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I don’t push shopping for the sake of deals. But if it’s in your budget, you can use deals to help you snag steeper discounts on things you were going to purchase anyway. For example, I know people who purchase birthday gifts for the upcoming year during black Friday/cyber Monday. By that same logic, if you’ve got some major Star Wars fans in the house, check out the deals on retailer sites. There will be many!

Get into character

Many schools across the country encourage students to dress up in their favorite Star Wars gear for May 4. If you don’t own a costume, no need to run out for branded wear. There are plenty of simple and affordable ways to get in the spirit! If you have a Leia fan, with some brown yarn and a standard headband you can create hair buns fit for a galactic princess. If you’re more into droids, this no-sew R2-D2 costume only requires duct tape and a few minutes of your time.

Join the craze

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? There are definitely some really fun ways to celebrate May 4 in Kansas City. If you’re willing to embrace your inner nerdiness, the Toy and Miniature Museum is hosting a themed “night for grown-ups” that’s only $5 for admission. Nebraska Furniture Mart is having a costume contest with in-store prizes, costumed character appearances and movie screenings. Admission is one non-perishable food donation. If you’re already headed to The K that night to watch the Royals, don’t be surprised if you spot a few Jedis in the crowd! Fans are welcome to dress up and enjoy extra Star Wars entertainment as part of the game-night festivities.

With all the stress that comes with day-to-day life, I think the world could use more days like this one. I hope these fun and affordable ideas help you and yours make the most of it. And May the Fourth’ Be With You.

Kat’s Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, visit