Wednesday, October 26, 2011

6 Ways to Skirt Holiday Debt

Just saw a story with this headline on Yahoo news, so I thought I'd come up with something more succinct. Here's my one tip for avoiding holiday debt:

1. Don't buy stuff.

Jesus received only three gifts, so maybe you just give one or two things to your loved ones. These things can be found around your house. Upcycle. It saves the Earth. Bake something. Or watch a movie together.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Budget Halloween Costumes

People always come to me when they need a good Halloween costume. It's one day a year. Don't spend a lot of money on your costume, but don't be lame either. Here are my top 3:

1. Dexter--Blood spatter expert by day, avenging serial killer by night. How easy is this costume? Get you a skintight black henley and a fake syringe. Maybe add a black apron if you have one around the house. Shoot, you can find recipes for fake blood all over the Internets. Now, keep in mind, Dexter is ripped. If you're not ripped, you might have to just work out for 12 months and plan on being Dexter NEXT year. Just don't want you to look foolish.

2. Cher--always a crowd-pleaser and so many options. You can be Sonny & Cher Cher or "Turn Back Time" Cher or turquoise and feathers Cher or "Moonstruck" Cher or "Mermaids" Cher. Sky's the limit. You can't have enough Cher. Also a timely costume in light of Chazz participating in "Dancing With the Stars." Something to think about. All you need is a black wig, any style, and some stoicism. Cher ain't silly.

3. Old lady. Get you a wig and some knee highs and a floweredy dress. When folks ask you what you're dressed as, you say, "Your mom." If you say it with sincerity, people will think it's an homage.