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.

 

Here comes the sun it’s time to plan your summer vacation

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Now that we’ve hit the month of May, summer vacation season is just around the corner. For those of you who want to do some traveling this summer but haven’t quite decided where you want to go, I’ve found a few ideas that might interest you.

 

Summer in Canada means that we don’t have to leave the country to enjoy warm weather – and with the Loonie being what it is these days, being able to spend our own dollar during a summer vacation is a nice bonus.

 

Travelling to Western Canada

For those of you who like Western Canada, you can’t go wrong at Banff and Lake Louise. There’s gorgeous scenery, fresh mountain air, and the chance to see a moose moseying down the sidewalk. What’s not to like about that? Look here on Reader’s Digest for more information about Banff and Lake Louise.

 

Taking a trip to the East Coast

If you’re considering a trip to Eastern Canada, there’s plenty to like about that part of our country also. We all know about the great seafood you can enjoy in the Maritimes, and history buffs will find there’s lots to see too, but it’s also a very underrated destination for a summer vacation if you enjoy golf.

 

Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia boast some of the country’s top-rated courses, and they’re much more affordable than you’d expect. You can find more information about golfing on Golf PEI and Nova Scotia’s website.

 

Planing a vacation in Quebec

Another great place for a vacation is La Belle Province. Montreal offers great restaurants and culture year round, but in the summer it hosts the Grand Prix as well as the world-famous Montreal Jazz Festival. And if you’re a fan of cottage country, the Eastern Townships have some of the nicest lakes and mountains in the country.

 

It’s a nice, quiet place to spend a week or two to unwind and breathe in the clean, fresh air. Visit MTLBlog and the Eastern Townships for more information on what to do and where to go when vacationing in Quebec.

 

If you’re looking for summer vacation ideas, I hope I’ve given you some destinations to consider. No matter where you decide to go, use plenty of sunscreen and take lots of photos!