Halloween teaches us valuable financial lessons like budgeting candy, but it’s not all gum drops and lollipops. A retailmenot.ca survey found that Canadians spent $1 billion on Halloween in 2015. In fact, the Halloween industry is so large that it can support retailers who are only open for the season.

 

According to Global News, the average Canadian spends $52 per person on costumes.T he cost of costumes rarely reflects the quality. So why shell out so much money? Save yourself from the frightening cost of a costume by dressing up as an iconic movie or TV character in plain clothes. Don’t let the cost of Halloween costumes scare you away this year.

 

4 Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas from Your Closet

 

For men:

 

Marty McFly from Back to the Future

You will need white sneakers, a jean jacket, blue jeans, a white buttoned shirt, an orange vest and a red t-shirt.

Quote: “Wait a minute, Doc. A… Are you’re telling me you built a time machine… Out of a DeLorean?”

 

Ace Ventura from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

You will need to style your hair up and back in the iconic Ace Ventura style, a pair of black converse or boots, red striped pants or something similar, a floral pattern shirt, a white tank top and an ID card reading “Ace Venture Pet Detective”.

Quote: “That was close one ladies and gentlemen, of course in every contest, there must be, a loser. Lew-Who, Za-Her.”

 

For women:

 

Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

You will need dark black mascara, a white collared blouse, a black long sleeve shirt, white stockings, a pair of black shoes and your hair in pigtail braids.

Quote: “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour”

 

Sandy Olsson from Grease

You will need red lipstick, a tight pair of black pants (preferably leather), a black shirt that shows off your shoulders and red high heels.

 Hang a leather jacket over your shoulder and do your hair to match Sandy’s to really sell this costume.

Quote: “Tell me about it, stud.”

 

Bonus: You can have a lot of fun dressing up as yourself in high school. Find an embarrassing photo of yourself and replicate the look.

A DIY costume will show off your creativity and make you the life of the party. Consider a costume from your closet before spending money at a retailer. The key to a great Halloween costume is making it fun, so memorize some movie quotes, dress up as your favorite character this year and save your money.

 

Thinking of Selling Your House? Spring Is Just Around The Corner

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As the calendar turns to April and we emerge from a long winter, there’s quite a bit to get excited about. The weather starts to warm up. , spring training begins, and the clocks “spring forward” by an hour.

 

There’s also something to look forward to for people thinking of buying or selling a home. April is when people typically start thinking of making touch-ups or looking for an agent to work with, so they can be ready to go in May and June when the market heats up.

 

If you’re thinking of selling your home this spring – or at any time, for that matter – I’ve put together a list of things to make sure you’ve covered:

 

If you’re planning to sell your home through a realtor, check out how effective his/her online marketing is. These days, almost everybody looking for a house starts their search on the internet, and probably won’t make an effort to see a house if they don’t like how it looks in the online listing. Take a look at the listings on your agent’s website and make sure he/she knows how to make a house look appealing to prospective home buyers.

 

Don’t underestimate the value of ‘curb appeal.’ As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. In this case that first impression is how your house looks from the street. Spend some time and money on little things that can spruce up your place quickly –colourful flowers, a coat of paint on the garage and front doors, washing the front windows or resurfacing the driveway. It’ll help buyers picture themselves living there before they’re even inside.

 

Free up as much space as you can. Storage is high on the list for most buyers, and showing off how much space you have to offer will only make your home look more attractive. Spend some time cleaning out closets, cupboards and basements, and rent a unit off-site for your belongings if needed. It’s worth the trouble.

 

So if you’re jumping into the market with both feet, good luck! Hopefully these tips can make the experience easier and ultimately more profitable for you.