My budget floats year to year. I average about $250 - $300 more when the wife isn't looking. It all depends on what is being offered at the stores and what repairs are needed to older props. This year will be on the high side with Home depot offering a skeleton horse for $200.00 each. And Target with its snake, frog lizard, bat and dogs skeletons. I know my budget is out the window for this year. My budget may float year to year, but this year it's going to sink.