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The Saturday Weekend Review #43: Demanding kids and budget Halloween costume ideas

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Not everyone has the creative flair when it comes to Halloween and spending less on candy and decorations but with a bit of planning you can celebrate without breaking the bank.

Kids and costumes


Kids can get pretty demanding when it comes to Halloween because they want to dress up in what they want and once they have an idea in their head they stick to it.

My best friend’s daughter wanted to be a character from Pacific Rim and has her heart set on being a giant robot. He will do anything to make his daughter happy so he set out to Wal-Mart to buy all the materials to create this costume for her.

The cost for the materials came to $54 so far and he still has to figure out materials to make the arms.

That’s a pricey costume for a child but if you want to see your children smile and you can afford it in your budget than why not go all the way to make the night a magical moment for your child. Another alternative is to have the child save part of their allowance or if they have a paper route or earnings to set a portion aside as we do in our projected expenses account. This way you can pay a portion and the child can pay a portion and learn about saving money for what they need.

Creating a homemade costume can be a frugal idea or a costly idea depending on how far you want to take the details and accessories and of course where you purchase them and for how much.

Creating a costume also teaches children how to bring out the creative monster inside of them because we don’t always have to run to the store to purchase convenience such as the ready-made costume.


Halloween costume ideas


A friend of ours was telling us the other day about how her and her best friends all purchased pizza slice costumes off the internet and went to a huge Halloween party together. They managed to all lay on the ground to get a group pizza photo of the entire pie.

True friendship in the form of a pizza and to be honest I thought it was a brilliant idea. I didn’t ask how much the pizza slice costume cost but like any other costume you could list it on Kijiji for sale and I’m sure you could make back some of the cash.

Suiting up for one night of fun for those that are Halloween fanatics spending the money is of no object. I think it’s a great idea as long as the money is in the budget and not coming from savings that really should be used for emergencies only. Friends of ours up the road decorate the entire house and front yard coupled with scary Halloween music for the October 31 night of fun.

They also make sure to bring out the shots of alcohol for any parents who need a pick me up while walking their kids from house to house. They became our new best friends on Halloween when they gave us a few shots each… geesh and we thought Halloween was just for kids.

It’s nice to see adults getting involved with Halloween like the kids because it is a time when we can let out the kid inside or whatever you fancy.

Our friends said they try to come up with couples Halloween ideas because they want to encourage couples especially with kids who might not be able to head out to an adult Halloween party to get in the spirit of it all.

I’ll admit I’m not a big Halloween fan but my wife is however I do love to decorate the outside of the home. My wife hands out the candy as I’m also not a big fan of doing that although she forces me at times because she runs off nowhere to be found and then the doorbell starts ringing.

The year just past she encouraged me to sit in the garage with the pumpkin lit, candy bowls, tea and scary music.

It was a great time and although I don’t dress up it’s great to see all the kiddies in their costumers whether they are a store-bought costume or the quick Halloween costumes that are budget friendly such as the pumpkin on the head (haha no kidding) and street clothes. A real, walking, talking pumpkin head. 🙂


Best Halloween costumes


I was reading this year online at Yahoo that twerking and Miley Cyrus was going to be the top pick for best Halloween costume and it doesn’t surprise me. Neither does the fact that a Scotia Bank poll revealed Canadians will spend an average of $70 per person on Halloween including the candy.

I wonder if going out in a naked suit with a chain and wrecking ball attached is going to make headlines around the world after her successful wrecking ball song and video which has astronomical views on You Tube with over 250 million views.

Now I’m not sure what sexy male Halloween costumes are going to be popular this year but a sexy fox costume or any costumes in the YLVIS music video “What does the fox say?” might be a hit with all ages. Robin Thicke the sexy male singer who dresses in a black suit, white dress shirt opened wide with black sunglasses and a hair style that puts Robert Pattinson to shame might grace adult Halloween parties for any male who wants to dress down but still look hot for the crowd.

Some of the best costumes I’ve ever seen are not expensive costumes and are homemade Halloween costumes. If you don’t want to fork out the cash you can head to your local charity shop and scour the store for some awesome Halloween costume ideas.

I find that Value Village is getting pricier and since we were in the shop this past week and the prices really aren’t much different from buying something new at the big box store.

If you locate articles of clothing or accessories that aren’t labelled Halloween you may find the bargain you are looking for which I suggest. Any time you go into a store for a seasonal product be prepared to pay until the season is over.

The best deals are at end of season when you can pick up decorations, costumes, candy etc for a fraction of the cost up to 90% off at times depending where you shop and how fast they want to move the product out of the store.

We normally go in the next day to see what markdowns we can find to save money in our budget for the following year. If you want to save money you have to think smart and thinking ahead is never a bad thing especially if you know that you will need something at that point in time.

Homemade Halloween costumes for kids can be more expensive but they don’t have to be as opposed to shopping at the big box store or costume shop to buy a Halloween costume in a bag or one that is ready to go.

You can also check out Freecycle to see if anyone is offering Halloween costumes for free or hand me downs from friends and reduced prices on Kijiji from others looking to swap out last year’s costume.

Canadian Budget Binder this week


Just in case you missed any of the awesome posts at CBB this week I’ve got them all below for you. Happy Reading.


CBB at home and the blog


If you weren’t aware I was on vacation the past week so I haven’t been around much to comment on blog posts or chat to the fans like I normally do. To all the bloggers and fans who still came around to read CBB posts and comment thank you kindly. I respect that you take the time to visit and read even when I’m not always around or passing by your blog. It really shows me who really likes hanging out and listening to my ramblings every day!! So big thanks to all of you.

The blog has been moved and re-designed as you know and Greg is still working with me to remove any bugs or problems that we had missed but so far so good. I haven’t yet ventured into any form of major advertising but the emails keep coming in.

Other than that I hope to see the blog make some money so I can put it back into the blog and share it with my fans. I do this because I love it. I don’t do this for the money although making some extra cash on the side would be great to continue to make CBB the number one stop for personal finance, budgets and just a community of fans who are dedicated to making this space their own.

My wife has recovered from her surgery so to all of you that have emailed or sent kind notes to her she says thank you so much for the support during her recovery.


Jen’s garage sale finds


garage sales

Jen set out in the rain this morning to tackle a few garage sales and wanted to share her awesome finds with all of us. I thought the end of season for garage sales was over but the season just keeps on going. I guess until the snow is on the ground there will be garage sales and more deals to find.

Buckets of sidewalk chalk 2 x $.50=$1.00 LED light up garland (matches one I already have so now I can decorate my whole banister instead of half lol) $1.00 Total $2.00


Making a difference



Hi, my name is Anthony. I’m a 34-year old husband, father of two beautiful little girls, and the dad behind the blog – A site dedicated to influencing and empowering parents to make better financial decisions for themselves and for their children.

My story is not a terribly exciting one of overcoming massive amounts of debts in a short amount of time. Rather, it’s one of growing up and making mostly responsible choices that never got me into debt in the first place.

Then I met my wife! An amazing woman, carrying a less-than-amazing $40,000 debt load (now zero!). But it opened my eyes, to not only how easy it was to fall prey to debt, but I also learned how making a few better decisions, can quickly reverse the trend.

Growing up, my parents rarely lectured me about money, but their behaviour and attitude towards money went a long way into shaping my money habits. And it’s those lasting impressions we make, that can influence our children’s money habits for a lifetime. started in September 2012, where I share my thoughts on saving, investing and all things thrifty and uncomplicated.

As much as it’s become an outlet for me, it was created as a way to connect to others in the hope that we can reverse-engineer our bad money habits and exchange them for good ones.

When we’re all better informed, we can all make better financial decisions together.

Blog post sharing


I really appreciate when other blog owners recognize my hard work at Canadian Budget Binder and share my posts with their fans or even mention my blog on their blog or website.

Here are the blogs that did just that this past week, so please head over and check them out. If I’m missing you it’s because I didn’t get a ping back so please send me an email and I’ll add you next Saturday.

If you missed my Interview with EVA from Teens Got Cents it’s a must read as the spin she takes with the interview is brilliant!!! –Mr.CBB -Anonymous Blogger Revealed


What is a blog carnival?


Some fans have asked me just what is a blog carnival so a little explanation is due here for anyone reading for the first time or for my long-time fans. A blog carnival is where a blog or website hosts what we call a carnival of blog posts from around the web.

Most blog carnivals have a theme and certain rules for submitting which must be followed. If you are a blogger and would like to learn what blog carnival directories I submit to each week you can find the information in a previous Saturday Weekend Review post that I wrote.

A big thanks to these pages for accepting my blog posts and sharing them in the following carnivals………..


Carnival glory




Every week I get thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite searches that may have even brought you here and you’re reading this, right now.

  • Canada Budget Game- That’s great… come on down and play The Grocery Game Challenge!
  • Women want money-  I don’t know many people who would say they don’t want money
  • Money can buy everything even happiness- I’m not sure I agree with this
  • Recycling bin strawberry growing- This is a great idea

That’s all for this week’s edition of The Saturday Weekend Review #43.

Join me next week same time, same place to see what trouble I can get myself into.

Have a great week everyone.



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  1. We’re taking our daughter out door-to-door for the first time, this Halloween. She’s only 2, but she has her little heart set on being a duck this Halloween. I’m not sure how she got the idea, but I didn’t realized how it hard it is to find a duck costume. Ha! We ended buying a cute puppy costume, that she agreed to (is that bad?), that cost us a little over $20. As much we’d like to make our own, through the years we bought so much material for projects like drapery and pillows that never came to fruition. Anyhow, hopefully the weather turns out great this year for the kids. Thanks for featuring my blog. Really appreciate it! Have a great weekend!

  2. So happy that my MIL came to visit last year for Halloween! The next day she took my girls to the mall and bought them costumes for $5 each from Old Navy. She meant for them to be dress up clothes but both girls are determined to wear them this year! Since we take them out I usually only get one bag of candy for visitors later in the evening!

  3. First off, I’m so happy that things went well for the Mrs and she is feeling much better now!!! That is awesome news!!,
    When my kids were much younger I did make the costumes. I used something called blanket cloth and a jogging suit pattern to make them. Blanket cloth is similar to polar fleece, just lighter. I also had a pattern for costumes that I raided for hoods and mitts to go with the rest. This might sound a little expensive but the kids wore the outfits as pj’s afterwards and loved it!!! And now those same outfits have gone to the daycare where my daughter works for the dress up trunk, much enjoyed there I hear!!!,I would make the outfit one size larger than they were wearing at the time so they could wear a heavy sweater or a court underneath as needed. Everything was washable and study enough to last a while. One year we were in the middle of the 101 Dalmations craze so I had 3 doggie costumes to make…. This year it’s the grandson to make a costume for and he was determined he was going to be a ghost!! His mother bought a bath towel and a smaller hand towel in white. The hand towel is the hood and the bath towel is then he body. A hole cut in the middle and the smaller towel sewn in. After Halloween he has himself a nice hooded towel to dry off with after his bath!,
    Looks like I have some good reading to look forward to!!, this along with my weekly chuckles from the search terms…
    Hope you both have a lovely weekend!!,

  4. I really like the new redesign, and I came very close to signing a contract for a redesign before deciding to just tweak my current theme for now. I am concerned that it won’t look as good after the redesign, which may sound a bit ridiculous. I’m always impressed at your monster roundup posts each week. I don’t know how you find the time!

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